Any young person applying for an internship, work placement or full-time job - in the City or elsewhere - needs to have some basic tools at their fingertips to help them make the best impression.
Below we have included some guides based on our long experience of working with young people entering the workforce for the first time. Whether you're applying for a Brokerage role, or any other opportunity, these resources will help you.
For any job you want to apply for, you will need to produce a CV for your prospective employer - unless they have their own application form.
Use our standard template to help you lay out your CV clearly and succinctly.
Here we have highlighted the Top 10 errors we see in CVs from our candidates.
Some of these may apply to your existing CV, so read this document and then check your CV!
Preparing for an interview is always a nerve wracking experience, so it helps to turn up knowing that you are as prepared as you can be.
Use our guide to help you know what you should do in advance of any interview to improve your chances of performing on the day.
Unless you are filling in an application form, you will usually need to write a cover letter to accompany your CV when applying for a job. Your cover letter needs to highlight your motivation for applying for the role, and highlight how your experience and skills will make you the perfect candidate to interview.
Read our guide for advice on how to present your letter.
At The Brokerage, we work with teaching and careers staff from schools across London to help provide engagement opportunities in business environments across the City and Canary Wharf. For groups from Year 6 to sixth form, we can work with you to introduce students to the world of work within banking, finance, law, insurance, accountancy and consultancy sectors across the City. See some of our brochures below for more information.
By reaching out to state schools and colleges across inner London the scheme is able to recruit high-achieving and motivated students from a variety of backgrounds, giving them the chance to compete for more than 100 paid placements in City companies every year.
If you live in one of the 'City fringe' boroughs - Tower Hamlets, Islington, Camden, Hackney, Westminster or Southwark - you can apply to register for the City of London Business Traineeship Programme. Read our candidate brochure for 2015/16 here.
Brochures for businesses - CSR, recruitment and diversity
Drawing on almost two decades of experience of building links between the top businesses and institutions in London's financial district and the communities surrounding them, we provide effective recruitment solutions and access to a wealth of talent.
High calibre candidates with diverse backgrounds; ours is recruitment with a difference.
We work with some of the largest companies in the City and Canary Wharf across financial and business services, including: banking, insurance, corporate law, accountancy and consultancy. We are a relationship driven organisation and we provide a simple, effective service to introduce you to a new pool of young talent.
Read more about the work we do here.
Some testamonies from recent recruiters of our summer internship students:
"Her drive and enthusiasm far exceeded our expectations and she made an excellent impression on everyone she met." General Counsel
"I would say that I threw him in at the deep end, and he engaged in company-wide communications from day one. Indeed, he fitted in so well, many people thought he was a new employee." Business Operations Controller
The number of students registering with the Brokerage last year
58% of candidates joining us last year are female
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