Wednesday, 16 November 2011

GC offers some advice to the jobless young - and wishes it were more

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on November 29th must contain new initiatives from the Chancellor to promote youth employment.
The 2.6 million jobless total was bad enough but today’s news that unemployment among Britain’s 16 to 24-year-olds now stretched to beyond 1 million – more than 1 in 5 – was truly shocking. There is a danger of creating a lost generation that never acquires the work habit.
I’m thankful my children, now in their late 20s, missed the double whammy that is blighting the lives of the current generation of students – higher tuition fees and no jobs when they graduate.
Rather than waffle on about the unfairness of it all, I’d like to reprise those posts where I addressed the issue of young job seekers – and offered a few tips.
Have a look at what I had to say about the 10 basic mistakes to avoid in writing a CV (here).
My post about internships (here) doesn’t offer any guides about how to break into the charmed circle – as if working for nothing were a blessing – but it does highlight the concerns.
Finally there’s my piece (here) aimed at working class jobless graduates but it does recommend how best to present yourself at interviews, which should be helpful regardless of your social and educational background.
I wish I could suggest more, other than the trite but true – never give up hope, everyone needs a bit of luck job hunting and it might be your turn next.

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