Need help writing your CV? Not sure what to say in an interview or unsure how to search for a job?
There is lots of support in Westminster and online to help you prepare for work.
Your CV is a list of your education, training and work. It also lists your skills and achievements. It's your opportunity to show an employer why they should invite you for an interview.
This video, made by young people from Westminster, gives you some more useful tips about what to include in your CV:
Application forms are used by some employers instead of a CV, but they do a similar job in helping the employer understand your skills and experience. If you already have an up-to-date CV, it will help you to fill out applications forms quicker.
Save your application form - you can reuse parts of it in other job applications.
Cover letters are often required alongside your CV. They are an opportunity to introduce yourself and your skills in brief, saying why you would like to work with the company and why you would be the best fit for role.
Interviews are your chance to dazzle the employer with your personality, skills and experience. It is also your chance to see if the employer and the role is right for you.
There are many different types of interviews such as:
You may also be asked to take a written or practical test.
Give yourself plenty of time to dress, eat and travel before your interview - and make sure you make time for any traffic jams or train delays. Don't turn up late - punctuality is something employers value.
Interviews can be scary but with practice you'll be able to perfect your interview skills and improve your chances of getting the job you want.
You might be concerned about your chances when applying for jobs if you have a criminal record - some employers perform a background check. Visit Nacro for helpful advice.
This video is about a young woman on the verge of a new career who is worried about her criminal record.
This video was produced by young people from Westminster.
There are many places in Westminster where you can get advice and help with debt and managing money.
The Money Advice Service uses plain English to help everyone understand and manage their money better. You can answer some questions which will give you a personalised action plan to help you sort out your money priorities now and plan for the future – whatever your goals may be.
Benefits calculators are available via GOV.UK. They are free and anonymous, and will tell you what benefits you could get, how to claim and how your benefits will be affected if you start work.
All of the local services below offer some form of help with getting young people into education, training or employment.
Offers many services including employment advice to young Westminster residents and homeless people.
Offers free courses if you are 16 or over and claim Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). If you don’t claim JSA or are over 19, please see the college website for more information.
Offers free help with finding work for parents aged 16 and over, alongside a separate initiative for young people who are affected by gangs. View more information
Offers free employment support for over 18s who are homeless or have been affected by homelessness. Referrals are made by the Job Centre or key workers.
Offers free mentoring to 16-25 year olds who are unemployed.
Free, and for everyone over 16.
Free, for young people aged 14 to 25.
Free courses for people over 16 (depending on your circumstances).
Most libraries offer some kind of job-seeker's advice, though sessions might not be regular. Contact your local library to find out what's on offer.
Free service for males aged 13 to 25 years of age who are not in education, employment or training, and live in Queens Park or Church Street wards of Westminster.
|1||Working with Men|
|2||Peabody Housing Employability Project|
|3||Cardinal Hume Centre|
|4||Charing Cross Library|
|5||Church Street Library|
|6||Church Street Neighbourhood Centre|
|7||City of Westminster College|
|8||Little Venice Sports Centre Library|
|9||Maida Vale Library|
|12||Working with Men - Amberley Youth Project|
|15||Queen's Park Library|
|16||Westminster Kingsway College|
|17||St John's Wood Library|
|18||The House of St Barnabas|
|21||One Westminster Youth VolEmploy|