(Original post by Mr Dangermouse)
Would you say having a job helped you find another one?
I turned 16 in January 2011 and immediately started looking for part time work to fit around my school studies.
In my region, fairly rural but within 20 minutes bus ride of two large towns with high streets and shopping centres, there wasn't a great choice of jobs that had shift patterns that I could fit around my educational timetable.
There was a few though, maybe sending off 3-4 applications per week, but was almost always getting a straight rejection:
- I got one interview at Wilkinsons in May, but that was because a new store was opening, so they needed a full staffing compliment, so they had an open day where everyone who turned up got an interview. More than 600 people ended up applying for 30 jobs.
- Got one interview at McDonalds, 30 interviews for one job, and less than half of those who applied were interviewed.
- One interview at JJB. I actually came second place in that interview, losing out to the successful candidate only because she had retail experience.
- Was interviewed to be a mail sorter in an accountants, 3 applied and all were interviewed together(the owner knew my head of year so they just asked around the school every year). None of us got to say a word in the interview and the successful candidate seemed somewhat random.
- Then finally got a job on my 5th interview in November, after 10 months of looking.