10 Tips on How to Find a Job

I’m in my early 20s but have already had my fair share of jobs; a mixture of retail and office-based work. These might be employment fields that you’ve had personal experience with, or never want to enter at all in your life. That is more than fine. This post is to provide you with some helpful hints and tips to help you find a job.

This post is aimed at career beginners and those that didn’t attend university, but most are applicable to all!

There is so much ground to cover surrounding employment, so I wanted to compile my 10 job tips that I’ve found have helped me on many occasions. Let’s get started.

I feel like a universal piece of advice is to get your foot in the job door as soon as you can. When I was in education, the majority of people aged 16 + had a job to fill the evenings and weekends. It’s the perfect opportunity whilst living at home to widen your skillset, gain experience and make money all whilst fitting it in around education. Of course, working during your downtime can be tiring and feels like a nuisance sometimes, but make the most of the short yet useful hours whilst you can. It will never hinder your growth!

To this day, I still don’t know what I want my career to be, which is why I haven’t been afraid to adventure down different avenues. However, I have come to learn that I’m good at office work as it matches my skillset well. The stability, salary and benefits are a no brainer. So that’s my current position. It’s your choice what job you want and your choice on how you get there. It is so incredibly difficult to enter the world of work at a young age and be expected by many to know what path you are going to end up down and when by. I’m quite pleased with the route I took in order to transition from part-time work to full-time after leaving education.

If you are currently employed but feel like it’s time to move on, I’ve compiled 8 signs it’s time for you to quit your job.

The first few tips work best if you’re currently a student, but graduate into tips that can be taken along throughout all different life stages.


    A job aged 16 does show good work ethic and is relatively easy to pick up. It’s the prime time not to worry too heavily about wages and it fills some time outside of studying hours. Retail is often the most popular route; especially with an influx of summer and festive positions that are often temporary, but can be permanent. Mainstream jobs i.e. cashier, waitress, sales assistant etc are a great option, but you may prefer a more niche market that perhaps is voluntary rather than paid. If you have room to experiment and have some fun – why not!


    Whilst in education, weigh up the pros and cons of going to university and if it’s a route you wish to take. Could you relocate your part time job? What career path interests you? What progression routes can you take? These are some things to consider regardless of the outcome. There will always be options if university isn’t for you and there are often different pathways into a particular career. Open universities are available and returning to education later in life is always an option.


    It can be surprising who your mum knows, or who your friend knows, or who your uncle’s boss knows. There are lots of people with lots of connections that could help create an opportunity for you. I worked at 2 different jobs with the same friend (firstly she put my name forward for an interview) and my mum knew someone who worked at the solicitor’s that were hiring. In turn, I’ve let my friends know about internal vacancies that they’ve gone on to fill. Building a bank of contacts is a great help, especially when it comes to needing references.


    When you can, with whoever you can, for however long you can. Personally, I think it’s perfectly normal to have 1/2/3 jobs whilst still in education. You can tailor your choices to test certain waters or learn to know what your strengths are. Like previously mentioned, there is both the paid and voluntary routes. Experience can be built during holidays or even gaps whilst transitioning from one job to the next. Your CV will be glowing!


    Even if you don’t think you’re capable, there is absolutely no harm in trying. What do you have to lose? Hone in on what you want e.g. hours, wage, benefits, progression opportunities etc and cater your searches accordingly. It’s understandable that often we can’t be “too picky”, but I would always urge anyone to just go for what they want. If not successful, dust yourself off and move onto the next one. Rejection and being ignored is a sour patch when desperately applying to jobs. However, everything happens for a reason – an employer will see your application and snap you up before the next one can. The waiting game is the worst, but not when you win.


    This is one I’ve learnt to achieve overtime. Now, I’m more than happy to list all of my key skills and strengths because I’m proud of them – but there was definitely a time when I’d sit and say I was shit at everything. Thrive in what you’re good at and own it. “Fake it till you make it” is probably shoddy advice, but it’s been the phrase to ring in my ears the past few interviews I’ve had. Faking confidence can often allow genuine confidence to shine through. Showcase your skills, but don’t forget to prepare. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.


    This is a pointer at various things: poor employers, colleagues, working conditions, wage and so on. Aim higher! It’s so important in many aspects to know your worth and not settle for any less. If you have more to offer, fly the nest and invest in a career that will provide you with everything you could possibly need. I completed my first week’s induction at my new job last week and have an endless list of positives – which is worlds apart from what I’ve dealt with before.


    Grown in your job/chosen field. Assessing your progression route is vital, no matter what your route is. I knew I needed a decent office job after being made redundant from the solicitor’s, so allowed myself to progress my blog whilst looking. Work isn’t everything – it’s valuable to invest elsewhere too. Cross-train to either stay with your current employer or take your skills elsewhere.


    Interviewers ask for your “5 year plan” for a reason. I used to hate this question, but have come to understand the semi-importance of it. It allows me to think “hang on, where do I actually want to be?”. Who are you doing this all for? Whether that be yourself, your partner or because you want to give your dog the best life, let that be your drive. Having an aim will make the days easier to deal with and acts as great motivation. You want a salary 2k higher? Go for it. You want more sociable hours? Go get it.

  10. Last, but not least – ENJOY!

    There’s a lot of negativity surrounding employment and the difficulty of finding substantial and enjoyable work, but enjoy what you can! Retirement isn’t around the corner for most, so it’s vital to be in a position where you don’t mind getting up in the morning. Try and alleviate the pressure that things have to go to plan. Know what you want, but let nature take its course – you’ll get to where you need to be one day. And don’t forget – look after yourself!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it somewhat useful. Thanks so much for reading.

Until next time,

Emily x

8 thoughts on “10 Tips on How to Find a Job

  1. Nancy says:

    I like that you have a lot of experience at this point. All of the little things help – when employers ask you about scenarios, you can answer them no problem. I agree about how it’s who you know – people can give you a referral and bam, you get an invite for an interview. YESS on being confident! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    Liked by 1 person

  2. msb.life says:

    Ooo I really like this, and thanks for sharing these tips! Despite having offers, I chose not to go the university either, and instead took an apprenticeship and I’m so glad! I worked as a waitress from a young age up until only recently and it was great fun (most of the time!)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. elenmaii says:

    Volunteering with various organisations during school and completing charity work definitely helped me in terms of employment over the years! It looks good on your CV and shows a good work ethic. Love all the tips in this post, such good advice x
    El | Welsh Wanderer

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to emilygabriellax Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.