The latest unemployment figures from the ONS (April 2011) shows that more than 1 in 5 young people are out of work. The total number of people out of work has slightly improved from 8% to 7.8%.
Young people are facing one of the most difficult recruitment markets in decades. The intense competition means that even entry-level jobs now require relevant work experience. Be prepared to do anything you can to develop the work experience you need even if it means working for free on a work placement or as a volunteer.
Consider any job where you can develop transferable skills eg working behind a bar will give you customer services experience, experience of following financial procedures and perhaps even handling conflict. Whatever you do, do not sit at home. Employers hire young people for their potential but they will also want to see a very determined work ethic. Demonstrate this with your work experience.