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How do I get a job? ๐Ÿ’ผ

How do I get a job?

Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

Getting a new job is a big achievement in life, but how do you get there?

There are quite a few steps to follow before you reach your first day on the job.

Here are the steps that are commonly followed to get a job!

  1. Write a CV
  2. Apply for jobs
  3. Get an interview
  4. Get a job offer
  5. Agree how much you’ll earn, work days/times, and start date
  6. Get a contract
  7. Onboarding
  8. Start your first day on the job!

1. Write a CV ๐Ÿ“ƒ

Very often the first step to getting a job, will be to write a CV.

CVs are a summary of your work experience, skills, and education.

CVs help people to learn about you and consider how suitable you are for a job.

You could create a CV using:

What is a CV?

2. Apply for jobs ๐Ÿ’ป

Next, it’s time to show off your CV and apply for jobs!

Job adverts appear everywhere. You can find jobs by:

  • Looking online:

  • Looking at supermarket notice boards
  • Asking on social media groups
  • Looking at shop/business windows
  • Asking friends/family
  • Speaking to people already working where you want to be

Sometimes when you apply for a job they might give you questions to answer or ask for a cover letter. Don’t let these put you off- the employer just wants to see that you really want the job.

3. Get an interview! ๐Ÿ‘”

If your CV and job application seem like a good fit for the job, then the employer will usually offer you an interview.

Don’t be disheartened if you’ve sent out a lot of CVs/applications and haven’t been contacted. Keep trying different things, and don’t give up!

Usually you will get a phone call or email to offer you the interview. If you’ve made it to this stage, congratulations! Getting an interview is a big achievement.

Different interviews could include:

  • Phone Interview
  • Face-to-face
  • Video interview
  • Group interview
  • Panel interview

You might also be asked to do an online test before your interview.

These tests can come across as scary. Remember some tests try to see how you cope under pressure by:

  • Making the test impossible/really difficult on purpose
  • Giving you a time limit

Most of the time they just want to see that you’ve put the effort in to complete the test.

Different types of tests you might be asked to do include:

  • Reading tests
  • Maths tests
  • Personality quizzes – to see if you’re a good personality fit
  • Situation handling – asking how you would handle different situations

How to prepare for an interview

4. Get a job offer ๐Ÿค

Once the interviews are over, you will get told if you were successful or not.

Hopefully, you’ll get a job offer!

If you accept the offer, then you will start to agree the details of your new job.

5. Agree how much you’ll earn, work days/times, and start date ๐Ÿ“†

Usually you can take some time to agree:

  • Your salary (how much you’ll earn)
  • What days and times you’ll work
  • What date you’ll start working

Once you’ve agreed these with the employer, you should be sent an employment contract to sign!

6. Get a contract ๐Ÿ“œ

An employment contract is a written agreement, that outlines things like:

  • The date for your first day of work
  • When your contract starts
  • When the contract is expected to end
  • Your job title
  • Where you will work
  • When you will work
  • Pay โ€“ how often and when
  • How many holidays you’ll be allowed to take
  • Any other job perks you might get e.g. free parking
  • The name and address of you and your new employer
  • What happens when you’re off work due to illness

If you’re happy with everything in the contract, then you would usually sign the contract and send it back to the employer.

7. Onboarding โ›ต

Once you’ve signed your contract, your employer might have to check things like your:

  • Passport – they might ask for a copy
  • Address – they might ask for proof of where you live
  • Criminal convictions – they might need to run criminal background checks on you through the government
  • Tax – they might need to take details about how you pay tax to the government
  • Previous employer – they might contact your previous employer to make sure that you worked there

They might also send you a “welcome pack“, with information about your new job, and details about training courses you might have to take.

8. Start your first day on the job! ๐Ÿ’ƒ

And that’s it! Once the onboarding has been completed, you should be ready to start your first day on the job!

Usually your first day will involve lots of introductions to the job and the people you’ll be working with. Good luck!

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

The most common steps to getting a job are:

  1. Write a CV
  2. Apply for jobs
  3. Get an interview
  4. Get a job offer
  5. Agree how much you’ll earn, work days/times, and start date
  6. Get a contract
  7. Onboarding
  8. Start your first day on the job!

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