I am eighteen and desperately looking for employment. Preferably with prospects. Although this month/year seems to be awful to find jobs
I have had no prior jobs (except work experience for two weeks) two years ago...Although I know the company name I have no idea of any number or contact name
Anyway when I am looking at application forms they always ask two references. Obviously I am going to put down my secondary school and main telephone number....
What do I do for the second? These major companies are supposed to be equal opportunities organiztions. Yet it is almost impossible to be considered.
one referee: a teacher at your old school. just give the school's address and main telephone number like you said.
second referee: HR department and address of where you did your work experience.and a phone number. if you can remember the name of a senior staff you were working with,then pop it in.
Well Thank You... I am looking for retail work to be honest.... Really would love to work at Starbucks or Marks and Spencers.
The work experience over two and a half years ago was a construction firm for two weeks.... I just cannot remember any of their names
Also my school has broken up for holidays
If you know the name of the company, I'm sure Google could sort you out with contact details.
I guess but I just thought that was really really weird Kate
They won't remember me I guess I could look them up
It doesn't matter. To be honest, it's unlikely they'll actually be contacted. You just need to show you have references half the time. I still have my work experience as references on my CV - work experience was back in Year 10, and I've finished college now!
As pinkpinkuk says, maybe try and do some voluntary work to get another reference? Charity shops are *always* looking for help and if you want to go into retail it'd be perfect really as that way you can get a referee *and* some sort of relevant experience. Alternatively, do you have any family friends or friends of your parents who might be willing to give you a reference? Finally, you could always use a couple of different teachers (e.g. your head of year and maybe a form teacher or something like that, or a subject teacher you got on well with). Companies will understand that you are young and don't have any significant work experience so don't worry *too* much about it.