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    (Original post by SpiciBoi)
    This is probably nothing usual but I am really in need of a part time job, or a full time job if it came to it, and have had no luck for nearly 2 years in finding one. This is probably more for venting than looking for advice because I honestly can't think of anything more I can do?

    Every day, I wake up and usually even before I get breakfast, I check the usual job websites, apply to anything that comes up with a cover letter and CV, going through all their application forms (although I know more than half of the buggers will never even bother to get back to me).
    Most days I take a walk through the high street and keep on a look out for notices for help wanted, dropping in on any I see.
    Any places that I haven't seen with signs up in a while, I've emailed them asking if they need anything. But still, after 2 years, I've got nothing but a few interviews that don't lead anywhere (I remember one was at Sainsbury's and the other at McDonald's, and and a few in places I don't remember). I don't even think I cocked those up badly at all.

    I don't know if it is that I don't have any experience (my town when I was at school was very small and had a lot of teenagers so jobs were scarce usually), that I am 20 and never had a job, or just that I have a name low down on the alphabet and others just get chosen before me - unlikely but I still wonder. It's not as if I don't want to work because I really do, I would love it so much to have any job that was given to me.

    Thing is, all my friends have managed to get something, and I still find myself wasting days looking for jobs and trying to scrape by on what little money I have. So does anyone have any advice for getting a job or at least, making money? Because recently I have really needed it as I have been trying to keep up with my friends' socialising (you know, because they have jobs).

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    (Original post by zaraiqbal18)
    First, you will need to have some sort of experience when applying for jobs. Try to apply at Primark as they will take up people who have no experience. Look for some summer temporary jobs in next or any other retail outlets since their only temporary at least you will gain some experience to put down on your cv. You will need to stand out. Even being able to get interviews is a big thing. Whenever you get an interview remember this is your chance to show to the interviewer that you are the right candidate. Also, when your in an interview remember to relate everything to your experience, you may not have any work experience but you could relate things from during school or just make up your experiences.
    Sadly Zara's post is very true to existence OP.

    This is why people volunteer and do other forms of work experience just to get their foot in the door otherwise how else are you going to start?
    Saying from personal and professional experience, work experience helps you build skills, qualities and most of all - confidence.
    I have known people, albeit graduates who have never worked in their lives and they are still struggling.
    You are probably not a university graduate but nonetheless you do not have any work experience to hand to potential employers.
    Unfortunately employers these days are looking for just these important things; work ethic, experience, motivation and determination to get into work and you need to show that in your CV.
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    Sadly Zara's post is very true to existence OP.

    This is why people volunteer and do other forms of work experience just to get their foot in the door otherwise how else are you going to start?
    Saying from personal and professional experience, work experience helps you build skills, qualities and most of all - confidence.
    I have known people, albeit graduates who have never worked in their lives and they are still struggling.
    You are probably not a university graduate but nonetheless you do not have any work experience to hand to potential employers.
    Unfortunately employers these days are looking for just these important things; work ethic, experience, motivation and determination to get into work and you need to show that in your CV.
    To be fair, I did say I was going to give that a shot, and have my first induction on Saturday. It doesn't help that I still need money at the moment, though. That's the thing with volunteering, helps in the long run but not really the short term.
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    (Original post by SpiciBoi)
    To be fair, I did say I was going to give that a shot, and have my first induction on Saturday. It doesn't help that I still need money at the moment, though. That's the thing with volunteering, helps in the long run but not really the short term.
    in a very similar situation to you. I have just graduated but due to living in a very small town have never been able to get a job and am now 21. I have had several interviews at tesco etc but nothing more. I have decided to volunteer in one of my local charity shops over the summer (at least) and then try to apply to jobs (even just temporary ones) that come up at the end of the summer holidays. I'd say to try and do volunteering work thats close by so that you don;t need to worry about travel costs. I'm running out of money now too, i pay my parents rent every week, but i honestly don't know how much longer i can continue to do so.
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    (Original post by SpiciBoi)
    This is probably nothing usual but I am really in need of a part time job, or a full time job if it came to it, and have had no luck for nearly 2 years in finding one. This is probably more for venting than looking for advice because I honestly can't think of anything more I can do?

    Every day, I wake up and usually even before I get breakfast, I check the usual job websites, apply to anything that comes up with a cover letter and CV, going through all their application forms (although I know more than half of the buggers will never even bother to get back to me).
    Most days I take a walk through the high street and keep on a look out for notices for help wanted, dropping in on any I see.
    Any places that I haven't seen with signs up in a while, I've emailed them asking if they need anything. But still, after 2 years, I've got nothing but a few interviews that don't lead anywhere (I remember one was at Sainsbury's and the other at McDonald's, and and a few in places I don't remember). I don't even think I cocked those up badly at all.

    I don't know if it is that I don't have any experience (my town when I was at school was very small and had a lot of teenagers so jobs were scarce usually), that I am 20 and never had a job, or just that I have a name low down on the alphabet and others just get chosen before me - unlikely but I still wonder. It's not as if I don't want to work because I really do, I would love it so much to have any job that was given to me.

    Thing is, all my friends have managed to get something, and I still find myself wasting days looking for jobs and trying to scrape by on what little money I have. So does anyone have any advice for getting a job or at least, making money? Because recently I have really needed it as I have been trying to keep up with my friends' socialising (you know, because they have jobs).


    TL;DR Advice pls
    How about doing some volunteering- in a charity shop or somewhere. Its not paid, but it will give you a bit of experience, and something on your CV that will then help you find something paid.
    Are there any employment agencies in your area. You may not get regular work, but any work they can offer is good to start with until you fin something better.
    Ask family members if there are any jobs at the places where they work. Sometimes its a case of not what you know, but who you know (i found that out with my latest job).
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    Building sites always need general labourers and that's how I broke a similar spell of no-reply applications. I still jump in and out of it every so often. It's full time work and pays reasonably well for what it is, but it's manual labour, so you will be made to actually work sometimes. Other times it's endless sweeping up dust, taking garbage out to the skip, etc. Oftentimes, contracts only last a few weeks, so you should be able to find something that you can just leave when it's time for uni again

    You'll need to do a short course online (literally three hours to complete), take a touchscreen health and safety test, and apply for a CSCS card. Most agencies you'll find work through will also require you to have your own safety boots, hard hat, and work gloves. It's not a legal requirement to have your own PPE as employers should provide you with the gear you need, but you'll want your own boots when you have to suffer through the uncomfortable tat you're given. More info here: https://www.cscs.uk.com/card-type/labourer/
 
 
 
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