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Helping prevent children and young people under 18 from offending and reoffending as part of a youth offending team is a challenging role.

To achieve a youth offending job role with a local authority’s Youth Offending Team, you will need relevant qualifications and experience but will also need to demonstrate that to a potential employer.

A key element of that is your CV.

Making your CV stand out

There are several ways you can present your CV in terms of style and appearance, but there are also basic rules to follow with structure, language and how you detail your education, previous and current posts and your hobbies and interests.

Qualifications, experience, employment history, and personal details are standard while for your training and employment history, start with your current position followed by previous positions in reverse chronological order with the position title, dates of employment and a summary of the duties. Outline achievements in each role and relevant applications of skills learned.

With educational qualifications, include your degree, educational institutions, and course dates.

Highlight your knowledge/qualifications in youth work, youth justice or criminology and any experience in related field such as social work, probation or police, and voluntary work with young people, like mentoring.

Always approach your CV as a living and evolving document that you keep adding to, not only with every new job but every learning experience, new qualification or added interest.

Personal qualities and interests

Yes, these are important; they are what give you individuality and highlight another dimension to you as a person.

Your hobbies, interests and personal attributes show an employer what you can add to the working environment or the team. It may be that you are a qualified first aider, successful in a sporting field, or a musician. Such detail can be an ice-breaker at interview.

Voluntary work is always viewed positively but include languages spoken, professional memberships and professional development, courses and workshops attended.

If you have gaps in your employment, list the reason, such as travel or maternity leave.

Design of your CV

Set it out over 2-4 pages and use space, subheadings and bullet points. Be concise to make it accessible but always proof-read your CV as mistakes will be noticed. Consider opening with a personal profile as an introductory overview of yourself to an employer.

Interview questions you may face for a youth offender worker post

With your CV completed, here are some questions you may be asked at interview. Ideally, you will be prepared as you will have considered them when writing your CV. Examples of interview questions could be: what relevant experience do you have for this youth offender worker position; tell me about your ability to work under pressure; what have you done with regards to personal development in recent months; tell me about yourself; and what are your strengths and weaknesses.

If you’re keen to start working within a YOT team, why not apply for a youth offending job role? Alternatively, if you need more information, please phone 0333 7000 024 to speak to one of our dedicated consultants.
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