Short guide: Income in 2 years

Guide for 16 to 18 year olds. Self help guide book

This blog was put together to support and empower the young people out there who just need a guide in what steps they should take when they are aiming to find some sort of employment. Economic confidence is important as it prevents vulnerable young people getting involved in negative and risky activities which only prevent them from building a stable foundation for themselves. 

Step 1 

Think about what you actually want to do. Decide whether you want a part time or full time job. This can all depend on your current situation. You may be a full time or part time student. You may also not be in any education or training and would like to enter your chosen career or job from the entry level. 

Once you have decided whether or not you want a full time or part time…

Write it down!

It’s been said that things that are written down are more likely to be completed and achieved. 

Step 2 

Once you have decided what type of job you want and what hours you want to work, prepare yourself.

Read about the type of job. Look into the job description as you will need to refer to this to better understand the job/career. The job description can be used to prepare you for the interview as you will be able to discuss how your previous experiences are relevant to what the job entails. Look at the person specification as well. The person specification normally details what the education, experience, skills and knowledge level you have to be at. You will need to show that you have these skills and levels of experience in your CV. 

If you don’t have the relevant qualifications, experience or skills then don’t be surprised if you do not make it to the interview stage!
You have to prepare yourself professionally. Look into any short online or classroom course you can take so that you have an up to date understanding and qualification required for the job. You might need to also go back to college or university to get the relevant qualification needed for the job position. You need to understand that it is a process and it takes time to get to where you want to be. 

You need to understand that prioritizing your economic long term goals is more important and urgent than anything else. A lot of people don’t bother investing money into a qualification because it may be too expensive or it may take a few years. Then they end up in a dead end job because they don’t have the qualifications to progress! 

They end up in a dead end job because the never invested in themselves at a young age or at the time when they had to! 

It’s important to realise that eduction is a way out of poverty for a lot of people. The education that they can attain is a foundation needed to build their life in the way they envisioned. 
You may also need to do some volunteering to get the experience needed to get the job you want. You may also need to start at an entry position or at a lower level position than you wanted. This will of course allow you to be in the company and have an insight in what else is required to progress. 
Update your cv as well. Make it more specific to the type of job you are applying for. Add any relevant qualifications and experience you have that are needed for the job. It will be a good idea to have two copies of your cv. One that is general with all the information you need and another which is specific to the actual job you want. 
You also need to make sure you have the right interview clothes. You will obviously need a formal professional suit/dress and a casual smart combination. 

Step 3

Apply what skills, experience and qualifications your have and what you know to your CV. 

Make sure that you have a fully detailed and informative cv which allows you to refer to when there are websites which you have to fill out the application form on. Not all websites you use to apply for jobs will let you just upload your cv. 

Research and understand the best ways to apply for the type of job you want. There are professional websites that help you set up a profile which employers can send you job offers from. You can also use these websites to apply for the job you want. 
Don’t be hesitant in trying the old fashion way of getting a job. Go into the high street or the locations where your preferred place of work is. Go into their offices or stores and ask to talk to some one who can advise you on getting a job with them. They may even take a copy of your cv after you have spoken to to them. It’s just a good way of getting to know what you need to have to first apply. This will also allow you get more information that will be valuable when it comes to applying and the interview stage. 

Step 4 

Do your research on the company and the position you are applying for. Treat the interview as a speaking exam. There will be key words, points and phrases which you will need to know and be able to explain further. Not only will they want to see what you know, they will also want you to explain how the skills, qualifications and experiences you have apply to the job. Prepare for the questions that they would ask you during the interview. Practice your responses numerous times. Learn your CV, as they would make reference to what you have stated in your CV. 


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