YCH Services for Young People YC Hertfordshire

Supporting your child - finding a job

Many jobs now offer training at work or time off for part-time study. This allows a young person to earn and learn at the same time. Learning at work can lead to an nationally recognised or industry qualification

Things you could do to help...

When looking looking for vacancies

 Encourage them to...

  • Use the YCH Services for Youth People Employment Service
  • Register with the National Apprenticeships Service
  • Check local newspapers each week for vacancies
  • Ask family and friends to let them know if they they hear of any jobs
  • Write speculative letters to employers they are interested in
  • Use local employment agencies
  • Look on the internet at job search websites


When writing a CV or completing an application

 Remind them...

  • That their email address and answerphone message must be professional
  • That they need to make any phone calls themself


Offer to help them...

  • Iidentify their key skills and qualities and think of examples to illustrate when they have used these
  • Think of outside interests and achivements which could strengthen their application
  • Tailor their CV or application to the job by including relevant information
  • By double-checking spelling and grammar


When going for an interview

 Make sure they...

  • Have researched information about the company
  • Dress appropriately
  • Have planned their journey and how long it will take


More information is available in our Job seekers page

Parental Guidance - a website written by the Careers Writers Association for Parents and Carers, or those supporting young people with their future decisions