Their first job starts with a top-notch application. From building a killer CV right the way through to interview practice, we can help.

It’s easy to forget just how daunting that first job search can be for your would-be worker. LifeSkills breaks the process of getting a job into manageable chunks – from building their CV with our CV Builder tool, right through to preparing for their first day at work.

But before you get to that bit, you’ll need to help them decipher job ads. So we’ve made a plain English guide to what job ads are really saying…

Deciphering the jargon of job ads

From ‘self-starter’ to ‘pro rata’, companies love to cram their ads full of workplace jargon, which can easily trip up the uninitiated.

Our job ad jargon buster takes young people through what ads say and what they really mean. Knowing what the ad is looking for helps them tailor their application.

Submitting a great application

Keeping the ad in mind, they’ll need to ask themselves a few key questions.

  • Why is the job being advertised? 
    Is the vacancy due to a new role, an internal promotion or someone leaving? This could impact what the company expects of applicants.
  • What will the job involve? 
    They should ask themselves whether any part of the job description takes them out of their comfort zone. Or maybe the job feels like a good fit?
  • What skills might they need? 
    By thinking about what they’re good at, young people can start to match their skills against those the ad is asking for.
  • What experiences might be relevant? 
    Experiences outside of school are important and say a lot about a young person’s confidence, enthusiasm and commitment.
  • How will they make a difference? 
    Thinking about this will help them answer the classic interview banana skin: ‘Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’

Help them write the perfect cover letter

Whatever type of job the young person in your life is looking for, they’ll probably need to introduce themselves in writing. Luckily, we’ve got the tips they need to get it right and make that all-important first impression.

  • Do your research
  • Keep to the point
  • Lay it out correctly
  • Follow a structure
  • Make it stand out
  • Keep it error free

Hopefully, all this will lead to some interviews. If your young person signs up to LifeSkills they can get prepped and take advantage of great learning tools like our interactive interview practice.

More tips and tools for parents

More from the blog