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Increase in youth unemployment in the capital

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Figures released have shown the alarming difficulty young people face in finding a job. This follows news that unemployment in the capital has risen.

A report released by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which was conducted by researchers at York and Warwick Universities and the London School of Economics, has revealed that:

  • Up to 66 jobless people are chasing every retail job
  • 2/3 of applicants didn't receive a response
  • Vacancies closed to candidates within hours
  • Employers prefer local candidates with easy journeys to work
  • 1 in 4 vacancies offered full-time and day-time work
Workers enjoy the lunchtime sunshine outside the Bank of England, London. Credit: PA

According to a report by the TUC report:

  • More than 1 in 4 of all black 16-24 year-olds are out of work
  • Young Asian women have been hit by the biggest rise in unemployment over the past decade, up from 6% to 13%
City workers enjoy the lunchtime sunshine outside the Bank of England, London. Credit: PA

Today's datum from the Office of National Statistics reveals that there were 3.891 million people in work in London over the three months of the summer - 101,000 more than the previous quarter and 159,000 more than a year ago.

However, the capital's unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.9 per cent, suggesting thousands more people are looking for work. Unemployment in the London region between June and August this year was 380,000. The change over the quarter was plus 10,000.

In April the government announced almost £1 billion will be spent over the next three years to provide unemployed youths with extra help. It will give almost 500,000 new job opportunities including apprenticeships and work placements.

Workers enjoy the lunchtime sunshine outside the Bank of England, London. Credit: PA

UK online recruitment site Jobsite offers tips on how to find work:

  • Don't wait for jobs to be advertised. Send your CV and a covering letter to the HR managers of the companies you are interested in
  • Make your job application stand out
  • Network - ensure all relevant contacts know you are looking for work and what your areas of expertise are
  • Improve your online profile - complete your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and extend your professional contacts on the web
  • Do a professionally accredited vocational course

Online job site CareerBuilder offers interview tips:

  • Make a good first impression - smile, make eye contact, make small talk before the interview and make sure you have a firm handshake
  • Preparation - re-read your CV and the job ad and study the company website
  • Don't waffle - take a minute to think before answering a question if you need to
  • Talk about your strengths
  • Be positive - don't criticise your current employer and be enthusiastic about work challenges
  • Good body language - don't fold your arms, don't stare at the floor, sit up straightand use your hands to when making a point
  • Be prepared for difficult questions - stay calm and in control
  • Establish a rapport with the interviewer - show a sense of humour (within reason) and ask them questions about themselves and the company
  • Clarify anything you are unsure of - for example a question you have been asked or when you will hear if you have been successful or not
  • Be polite - express your interest in the job, ask for a business card and send a thank you emall or letter after an interview, which can include a reminder of the key skills you can bring to the role