You can then manage your applications and even get alerts about new apprenticeships.
APPLY FOR THE JOB AND SEND THE APPLICATION TO THE EMPLOYER
Get help with writing applications, creating a good CV and covering letter.
WAIT FOR THE APPLICATIONS TO BE SHORTLISTED
If you haven’t applied for many jobs before, this can be the nail-biting bit, where you’re waiting to hear back from the employer. Sometimes it might help to check when the closing date was for applications – this should give you a clue as to when they’ll be in touch.
It’s a good idea to apply for more than one apprenticeship vacancy at one time. Try and get a number of applications to potential employers; that way you’re increasing your options and not waiting for a response from one employer.
If you don’t get an interview, don’t take it personally. It’s usual to apply for a number of vacancies before you find the right apprenticeship for you. This happens to everyone and it’s part of the normal process.
IF YOU’RE ON THE SHORTLIST, YOU’LL BE INVITED FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH THE EMPLOYER
This first interview could be an online chat or video call, rather than a face-to-face one. Remember to brush up your research into the organisation for each stage of the interview process.
check the closing date for applications – employers can leave closed vacancies online by mistake;
browse related job categories and search by alternative job titles;
widen the geographic area of your search;
beware of recruitment sites with jobs that seem too good to be true, or that ask for money;
be sure that a site is secure and reputable before posting your personal details;
draft your applications offline so you can check spellings and keep a copy. I recommend using Grammarly as it is much more sophisticated than Word.
unsubscribe from job alerts that aren’t relevant and check your spam folder if job alerts don’t arrive in your inbox
On business networking sites like LinkedIn, you can promote your skills and develop relationships that can lead to finding unadvertised vacancies.
You can find jobs in national papers as well as local and regional papers.
You can find advertised jobs in industry journals or trade magazines for your area of work. With these publications you’ll often find:
subscription is often free if you’re already in the industry
they include news on which companies are expanding
Expanding companies might particularly welcome speculative applications so they can fill their vacancies without needing lots of adverts.
National Careers Service
Staff at Apprentice9ja! offer careers advice interviews, and they may also know which employers in the local area are recruiting. These may be ‘earning and learning’ training vacancies such as apprenticeships or job vacancies.
Contact a National Careers Service adviser to make an appointment or to speak to an adviser.
Organisations employ recruitment agencies to find suitable people for their vacancies. They may specialise in temporary work, permanent work or specific sectors.
Agencies can be useful to help you find jobs that aren’t advertised to individuals online or in the press. They take a fee from the company that hires you, so they should be motivated to find you a role.
BEWARE OF RECRUITERS GUARANTEEING EMPLOYMENT IN EXCHANGE FOR MONEY.
When choosing which agencies to approach, check their websites to see if they have the type of vacancies you’re interested in. You can sign up with more than one agency – this way you’ll get access to more jobs.
When using an agency:
ask if they commonly deal with vacancies in the kind of work you’re looking for;
treat an interview with the agency like an interview with an employer;
ask for feedback if you’re not placed in a job;
keep in touch with the agency regularly and let them know your availability;
be open to apprenticeships and temporary work if you can, even if you’re looking for permanent work, as apprenticeships and temporary jobs can lead to permanent work; and
depending on the job, the agency might check your typing speed, your ability with computer packages and your spelling accuracy .