Looking For Work
The best places to start your job search include:
Do you use social networking sites?
Social networking sites such as' Facebook', 'bebo' and 'my space' can be a way of finding a job. Young people have found (and lost!) jobs by using these sites, so make sure that you use social networking to your advantage. Most sites have special interest groups you can join - why not join one that may lead to work? It will show you are enthusiastic and interested and you may meet people who are working in the industry already.
Equally, make sure that your social networking profile isn't making it impossible for you to get a job - employers may well check your public profile, and if what you say on your application doesn't add up to what you say on your profile, you may be in trouble. Employers do notice - for example in 2009 a young person lost her job after she described it as 'boring' on her 'Facebook' profile page. It's always a good idea to check your privacy settings too - just how easy is it for others to check out what's on your profile?
Some companies use business networking sites such as 'linkedin' www.linkedin.com as a method of recruitment. For example Microsoft recently recruited specialist technical staff by using 'linkedin' rather than hiring a 'headhunter'. (A 'headhunter' is a specialist recruitment consultant paid a fee by a business to identify individuals with the specialist skills that the company needs in its workforce.)