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How to find a job: a guide for young people in Luton.

1. Put together a good CV

When you write a CV, think about your skills, qualifications, work experience and interests and try to match them to the type of qualities that the employer will be looking for.

For detailed advice, see our article on How to write a CV.

2. Look at local jobs websites

Good local jobs websites include:

If you are aged 18 or over, try a wider job search on GOV.UK's Universal Jobmatch.

3. Follow jobs accounts on Twitter

Luton Jobcentre Plus tweets job opportunities and careers fairs on a daily basis.

Follow:  @JCPinbeds

4. Register with local employment agencies

If you are 18 or over, register with local recruitment agencies:

You can fins a list of recruitment agencies in Luton Yell.com: Recruitment agencies in Luton.

5. Complete online application forms

Many large companies - for example, retailers like Next and Tesco - will have an application form on their website. The more you complete, the better your chances.

If you can't see the exact job you want now, it's still worth completing a form as they may have vacancies in future.

6. Check local papers

Check the jobs sections of local papers, such as:

  • the Luton News
  • Herald & Post
  • Luton & Dunstable Express
  • Luton on Sunday.

7. Visit jobs and careers fairs

Look out for local employment, training and recruitment fairs for young people. These happen several times a year throughout Luton.

8. Visit the National Careers Service website

The National Careers Service website has advice for every stage of your job hunt, from finding job vacancies to preparing for job interviews.

National Careers Service

9. Visit employers and ask about jobs

Think about the types of places you would like to work and ask them in person if they have any jobs. For example, if you want to work in a clothes shop, dress smartly, visit them and ask whether they have any jobs.

Visiting shops shows that you are enthusiastic and it may help you to stand out.

The employer may take your CV or ask you to fill in one of their application forms.

Remember to follow up. If you’ve not heard back after a week or two, return and politely check that the manager got your CV.

10. Get help from a personal adviser

If you:

  • live in Luton
  • are aged 16 to 19
  • are unemployed and not in education or training

you can get help with your job search from Youth Advice Luton.

 

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