If you are not working, going back to work will help you to maximise your income. If you are already in work, changing jobs may also lead to you being better off.
Whether you are out of work, or looking to change career, finding a new job can be a daunting prospect. However, don’t worry, there’s lots of support and advice out there to help you find the position that’s right for you!
There are lots of ways in which companies advertise job vacancies. Below are some of the ways that you can look for work in the local area
The job centre has one of Britain’s largest and most up to date database of job vacancies. Thousands of new jobs are available every week. You can also look for voluntary work which can help you develop and learn new skills while you’re looking for a job. Job centre staff also help you with your search for work and journey into employment.
Recruitment agencies will find temporary or permanent work for you. Register with them, tell them what sort of work you are looking for and they will find suitable vacancies for you. Remember to keep in touch with them and let them know if your situation changes.
Recruitment websites are really easy to use and have search facilities so that you can find jobs that you are interested in and which match your skills and experience. Many allow you to upload your CV to allow potential employers to search for you – it couldn’t be easier! Some good sites to visit are:
Also visit the websites of local companies and see if they have any current vacancies. If you don’t have access to the internet at home there are lots of public places where you can access the internet for free, for example local libraries, job centres … even cafés!
Pick up a copy of your local newspaper each week to see if there is anything of interest, or visit their websites for free!
Most employers will ask for your CV when you apply for a position with them. Follow our top ten tips for writing a winning CV.
Make it personal - include your name, address, phone number and email. Don’t include your age, a photograph or details about your social life unless asked to do so.
Keep it concise - the length of your CV should reflect your work experience, although on average a CV should be no more than two sides of paper. Keep it to the point, save the details for the interview.
Tailor it - to each job you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert to find out which skills they are looking for and tailor your CV around these.
Include a personal statement – use a brief statement to tie your work experience to the specific company and role you are applying for.
Don’t leave gaps - gaps make recruiters suspicious. If you’ve been out of work, put a positive spin on it - did you develop other skills such as communication, teamwork or budget management during this time?
Keep it current - Your employment history and education should list your most recent achievements first and update it whenever something significant occurs.
Ensure it’s mistake-free - CVs with mistakes will often be rejected straight away. Always use a spellchecker and proof read your CV. Give it to someone else to look over before you send it off.
Tell the truth - Companies will check the facts and if they don’t, it’s likely you’ll get caught out at the interview stage.
Give references - Give the names and contact details of two referees. If you are in work one should be your current employer, if you are out of work use your last employer, colleague, lecturer, teacher, social worker or someone who knows you well who isn’t related to you.
Share it - Show it to as many people as possible: your supervisor, colleagues, and your family and friends. Their first impressions will help you to improve your CV and hopefully get you a job!
Don’t give up. Set yourself weekly goals, e.g. apply for five jobs, phone up 10 companies, so that you make progress each week.