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Who can Help?
When you're searching for a job, training, or further education there are people who can help.
Nobody expects you to do this on your own, so don't be afraid or embarrassed ask for support! Below we've listed some of people who you can go to for help...
Friends and family
Your friends and family are the people who know you best, so they can be ideal for helping you in your job search.
Here are some things that they can do to support you:
- Check that you are keeping up with your applications - you might not want them to nag, but it will help you remember and stay on top of your tasks!
- If they are job hunting as well, you can do it together.
- If they have a job they can give you advice about what worked for them.
- They can check through your applications and give corrections or advice.
- Help to organise a treat or a break to take your mind off job hunting.
School / college
If you're at school, college, or even university, there should be a careers service where you can see a careers adviser or at least ask for some CV help.
Careers advisers are a great way to get free advice and guidance on how to search for work, what to put in to an application, and how to prepare for interviews.
Your school/college should also be able to help you with any applications for training or further education: if there's not a specific service you can go to, ask a teacher that you know and trust!
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service have lots of careers advice on their website and you can also contact them for specific careers advice.
Find out the variety of ways you can get in touch by clicking here.
(If you're 13 and above and living in England, you can use their web chat service from 8am - 10pm every day!)
Job Clubs are another great place to go to get help with searching for work, perfecting your CV and application, and preparing for interviews.
Popping along to a job club can also help you to meet and talk to others in your situation, discuss your skills and employability, and even network.
Reading CAP run a job club in partnership with Network Vineyard and is held at Woodley Hill House in East Reading. You can meet fellow job seekers as well as getting advice from job coaches!
For more details you can contact George Mullen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Mentor could help you to explore your career options or give you help and advice within a specific sector if you already know what you want to do!
There is lots more information on how you can get the support of a mentor in the Mentoring Gardens.