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Application Forms

What you need to think about when filling in an application form Employers often ask for completed application forms rather than CVs.This means everyone sends in the same kind of information and the applicants can be compared easily and fairly. You will be asked to complete…

Can I work anywhere?

If you are under 18, you are not allowed to work where: there is gambling there is alcohol, unless the work is part of an appropriate training scheme such as an apprenticeship you have to carry heavy loads, clean machinery or work with dangerous substances…

Check out what's happening in the job market - trends

Using job information when planning your career and job search can help you make the right choice Below are some tools and graphs to help, it includes information about pay and qualifications and what's happening with jobs. Careerometer Careerometer lets you search and compare jobs…

A contract of employment

This is important. You should get a contract within eight weeks of starting a job even if you don’t, ask The terms and conditions of your contract begin as soon as you start work.  When you receive it, check it carefully as it sets out…

CV or Curriculum Vitae

A good cv can get you an interview It should outline your career aims, education and work experience to date. The information on your CV will also help you to complete application forms. It will help to have it in front of you when ringing employers about…

Employment agencies

Employment agencies provide a staff recruitment and selection services to companies Agencies are not allowed to charge the job seeker a fee - the employer pays. There are two exceptions to this - entertainment and modelling work. Agencies vary in the range of jobs they offer. The…

Employment rights including equality and permission to work in the UK

There are laws covering employment They include equality and discrimination, and employment rights, such as the right to a contract, pay, working hours and holidays, as well as rights around unfair dismissal and trade unions. Here is information on all your rights at work on…

Equality

The Equality Law 2010 Under this law: Everyone is treated equally and is protected from discrimination - being treated differently, less favourably or worse than others. The law is not easy and understanding what counts as discrimination is also not easy. If you feel you…

Finding job and apprenticeship vacancies

It's worth reguarly checking all these places employers advertise their vacancies Try looking at the suggestions below: local newspapers. Most have a special day. Most libraries have copies of local papers you can look at or you can read them online. You can use the internet…

Finding jobs and apprenticeships

Finding, getting and keeping a job or apprenticeship that suits you may well take time Do you know where to look for job vacancies? Need help to improve your CV or prepare for an interview? Start by looking at the Bulletins in the News Feed section…

Health and safety at work

There are rules and regulations that apply to lots of workplaces to help keep you safe and well and prevent workplace deaths Your employer has to ensure that you have a safe working environment. There should be training and protection, such as safety boots or…

Homeworking

People work from home for all kinds of reasons doing a range of jobs They work across many sectors, for example admin and secretarial work, call centre work, childminding, computing, hairdressing, home tutoring, manufacturing, online sales, pet minding or product parties. More people are working from home…

Interviews

The interviewer has already seen your CV or application form and thinks you may be suitable, so ... ... don't panic but do prepare, it is essential if you want to have a good chance of getting the job. Plenty of tips to help you with…

Job Search Planner

Planning your search Try to set aside some time each day for finding and applying for jobs Knowing the best places to look for vacancies, developing good job hunting skills, planning, organising and recording what you do in your job search will save time and…

Job trends in Islington

In Islington, most employers are small private businesses on a single site There are over 18,000 businesses in Islington. Most of these employ between 1 and 9 people but there are  around 100 businesses and organisations that employ over 250 people. Where do people work…

Latest vacancies and other opportunities

Check out the links below for the latest Islington youth's opportunities This page is kept up to date on a weekly basis Islington Working - register on the 'go to' site for Islington residents, to see details of vacancies in Islington and surrounding areas. Islington's…

Letters

You will need to send a Covering letter with any applications you make It should be well-presented to impress the employer.  You can also write to firms that you want to work for even if they are not advertising for staff. Many jobs each year…

Online applications

There are some differences between jobs and apprenticeships advertised online and those that use a paper-based application system Online applications must be sent back electronically through an online application form, usually on a company or employment agency website. Alternatively, you may be asked to send…

Part-time jobs at age 13-16

You can have a part-time paid or unpaid job as long as the type of work you do is suitable for a young person ... ... will not interfere with your education and will not harm you. Your employer has to apply and receive a work permit for…

Pay, the National Minimum Wage, tax and national insurance

Employers must pay you at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) if you have reached the official school leaving date The rates are updated every April.  In April 2021 they are: Apprentices under 19 - £4.30 an hour Age 16-17 - £4.62 an hour Age 18-20 -…

Payslips

Most employees have a right to receive a payslip or pay statement at, or before the time of payment Your payslip will include: the name of the company you work for your name your pay reference number payment date – when the money will be…

Skills employers look for

Employers want to know about your skills Whatever job you are applying for there are some skills, abilities and attitudes that most employers want. These are often called ‘employability’ or ‘transferrable’ skills. Having these in mind when job hunting may help you to be successful.…

Understanding vacancies

Working out what a job advertisement is asking for is not always easy Try to identify the main skills and experience needed and match these with what you have done and are good at. If you can match yourself to a job you are more likely…

Vacancies and job search skills

Land that job! It may take time to find – and land – the job for you, whether you are 16, 18 or older, looking for a job can be a job in itself. It is important to keep trying, keep motivated, stay focused, organised, determined and confident. Finding, getting and…

Voluntary or unpaid work

There are lots of options for volunteers ... ... including work with: older people, children, administration and using ICT, sport, disability groups, the environment, arts and music. People do voluntary work for all kinds of reasons: to get some experience for a course or job…

Working for yourself or self employment

To work successfully for yourself ... ... you need the right personal qualities, business skills and a business idea that has a good chance of succeeding, so research your ideas and plan your business carefully.  These organisations offer help and advice: Shell Live Wire - free…

Working hours for young workers 16-18

The hours young people can work are covered by UK law The law covers:All young workers (except those who are genuinely self-employed) - a young worker is someone who is old enough to leave school but is under 18 years oldPart-time, casual, temporary and agency…

Working Time Regulations (WTR) on the maximum hours of work

Working Time Regulations are rules for both adults and young workers (aged 16 to 18) on the most hours you can work There are separate rules that cover young people in part-time work whilst at school and under the official school leaving age. Young workers aged 16…