Job hunting for young adults

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Before you start your job search, it's good to get a decent CV together, as well as getting some practice filling out application forms and trying out your interview techniques.

Our CV page tell you all you need to know about creating that perfect CV. We've also produced some help sheets that you can download.

What is a CV? SHOW

CV template SHOW

How to write a personal profile SHOW

What about references? SHOW

Job Searching

For the latest job and apprenticeship vacancies in Southampton, check out our fortnightly Jobs Bulletin.

How to job search SHOW

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Job search websites SHOW

Agencies in Southampton SHOW

Using Social Media to look for work

Social media can be a great tool for looking for jobs. You can use social media to:

  • Build your networks
  • Get noticed by employers
  • Find “hidden” jobs that aren’t on job search sites
  • Join groups

LinkedIn SHOW

Facebook SHOW

Twitter/X SHOW

Safety and important things to keep in mind SHOW

Your online appearance SHOW

Application forms

Application forms may be daunting at first, but it’s worth taking the time to get them right. The most important part of an application form is usually labelled as “Supporting Statement” or “Other Relevant Information”.

To complete this section, you’ll want to use the Job Description and Person Specification. These documents give an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the job, as well as the skills and experience employers are looking for. Go through the documents and use this section to outline how your skills and experience match up to the job description and person specification. Give lots of examples and be really specific. If you can clearly show how you meet all the requirements of the job, you are far more likely to be shortlisted for an interview than someone who leaves this section blank or rushes through it. It’s time consuming, but definitely worthwhile.

Application Form Tips and Tricks

  • Always match your application to the job description and person specification
  • Research the company using their website or job advert
  • Make sure the job is what you want to do
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application
  • Make a copy so you can draft the application
  • Follow the instructions e.g. BLOCK CAPITALS, use a black pen etc.
  • Be as neat as you can
  • Check your spelling
  • Save the application for future reference – this will help you prepare for interviews if you’re shortlisted
  • Check the form over once more before you send it – get someone else to check as well

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