I am asking this question for somebody else. I am in the UK, in Kent or the outskirts of London.
Anyway, they are 16, and have just started 6th form. They have been looking for jobs all summer and still now, and have been unsuccessful. They have applied to over 100 jobs and have excellent exam results:
GCSEs: 2 A*s in Maths and RS 7 As in Geography, History, Biology is Chemistry, Physics, English Literature and Computing. 1 B in English Language 1 C in French And 1 A grade in an AS subject.
They have done the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, and help out at the local youth club.
However, even though he has a good CV, he seems unemployable.
He often applies for lots of jobs online and in stores, and never gets a reply from about 90% of them and gets rejected from the others. Even after chasing them via phone and email, he just usually gets a reply of "Apply again for the job" or "Call back tomorrow" or "Try again next time"
Most of his friends at schools have jobs, and some of them have significantly lower exam results, and don't do anything proactive like DofE etc.
It's really getting him down that he can't get a job and all of his friends can, even though he has much better results...
This is his first job and has only done a week of work experience in a small startup company, so he doesn't really have any experience.
He is desperate for work, as he is about to turn 17 and start driving, and he needs to save for a car. However, without a job it will be impossible to do that.
So, how can he improve his employability and increase his chances of getting a job?
Also, do you have any tips for chasing up jobs in the likely event of them not replying (so how to word your request without sounding rude etc)?