Searching for Jobs

Job Centre Plus

  • Information on jobs for all ages and skills can be found at the Job Centre’s Find A Job service

The Internet

  • You can usually upload your CV and set up ‘job alerts’ so that you are notified when new jobs are advertised
  • Set up an email address for yourself and check your e-mails regularly

Shop Windows/In-Store Adverts/Vacancy Board

  • Many shops, supermarkets and fast-food restaurants advertise full-time, part-time or seasonal vacancies in windows or in-store.
  • Newsagents and Post Offices may advertise local jobs in their shop

Career Fairs/Job Fairs

  • If you see any events such as our ‘New Year New Start event’ advertised, try to get along to them

Word of Mouth/Asking Employers

Some employers don’t advertise their jobs. They rely on ‘word of mouth’ and speculative applications. You could try visiting a shop or reception and ask if they have any vacancies. Take a copy of your CV with you to leave for the manager. If you plan to do this:

  • Make sure that you dress smartly
  • Be prepared to answer questions about yourself

Speculative Letters

Using Contacts – Networking

  • Ask friends, neighbours and relatives about jobs at their place of work
  • Some schools and colleges have links with local employers – ask the careers leader

Social Media

Employment and Recruitment Agencies

  • Employment or recruitment agencies offer specialist and general job vacancies. Many of these jobs are temporary. They will ask to see proof of your identity and your qualifications.
  • An agency may offer you a job at very short notice and they can also finish temporary work with little or no warning
  • All recruitment agencies must meet certain standards. They must give you information about terms and conditions. They cannot refuse to pay your wages because they haven’t been paid by the employer. They should not charge you fees for finding work – although there are some exceptions for example, modelling and some entertainment agencies.
  • Agencies will contact you if something suitable comes up. It is always a good idea to ring or visit them on a regular basis because you may just be in the right place when a new job comes to their attention.
  • Listen to any advice they give you about improving your chances of getting a job
  • Details of employment agencies are available on the internet, but a good starting point is Agency Central, although agencies have their own sites such as Reed and Pertemps and Best Connections.

Professional Bodies and Trade Associations

If you are interested in working in a profession or trade, consider looking at their specific website.

Trade/Professional Magazines

  • Many trade and professionals bodies publish magazines aimed at their specific sector. Examples include the Hairdressers Journal or the Times Educational Supplement. These often carry adverts for vacancies.


Papers like ‘The Express and Star’ advertise jobs each week, but it also has a website where these vacancies are listed





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