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Getting a job

Getting a job

Millennial money blogger Laura (aka Thrifty Londoner) knows a thing or two about financial wellness. Over on her blog and Instagram she shares “accessible, jargon-free money chat” to help people feel financially confident, change their money mindset and create new money habits.

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We spoke to Laura to find out her top tips on how to find your first job.

When looking for a job, you might come across new or confusing words that you might not have read before. Get your your head around this new language with our list of helpful words below.

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Getting a job - what you need to know

Apply for a job

To secure a new job, you usually need to write a curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter to let your potential employer know about your skills and experience in your life or career so far.

Discover tips on how to write a CV

Find out how to write a good cover letter.


On an apprenticeship, you're employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre. Different apprenticeships last for different amounts of time anything from 1 year to 6 years. You will be paid at least National Minimum Wage.

Find an apprenticeship.



When you start any job, you’ll need to sign a contract. There are a few different types:

Permanent contract

Permanent contracts are usually for employees who work regular hours and are paid a salary or hourly rate. They are ongoing until ended by either the employer or the employee. They could be full-time or part-time.

Fixed-term contract

Fixed-term contracts are similar to permanent contracts except they have a ‘fixed’ end date. Contracts can last for any amount of time e.g. one year or six months. You’ll often see Maternity Cover contracts which are fixed-term.

Zero-hour contract

Zero-hour contracts are a form of ‘casual contract’ and are usually paid by the hour. The contract does not guarantee a set number of hours per week. These contracts are not exclusive meaning you can work zero-hour contracts for a number of different employers.


Freelancers can hold multiple contracts at the same time. If you’re a freelancer this means you are self-employed and negotiate contracts each time you agree to a piece of work. This could be anything from construction work to tutoring. Most freelancers are responsible for their own tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs).



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