Where to search for jobs
From job agency websites to LinkedIn and Facebook, there are lots of places to find out about job vacancies.
Job Search Engines
Going online to search for jobs is one of the first things that you can do to see what is available locally. Today, it is very easy to get overwhelmed with options when you are searching online for a new job so it’s really helpful to have some idea of what job or sector you are interested in.
There are hundreds of websites out there and here are just some examples of these which cover a wide range of jobs:
If you already know what type of work you are interested in, there are lots of sector specific recruitment sites to look for.
Did you know that more and more employers are using LinkedIn to advertise vacancies, as well as to reach out to possible job candidates? Registering on career networking sites like LinkedIn can help you to get noticed by employers and help you find your next job. Remember, it’s important to make sure your profile is up to date.
Top Tip: Join discussion groups for industries you’re interested in and start building your social network to keep in the loop for the latest job offers.
Face to Face
Friends & Family
Staff referral is an internal recruitment method used by businesses to find potential candidates through their existing employees. Companies usually prefer to hire someone who their trusted employees can vouch for. Try to take advantage of this by asking around friends and family who work in industries you’d like to explore. This can often result in you finding out about vacancies before the competition do and instantly puts you at an advantage.
Job Centre Plus
Visit your local Job Centre Plus to talk directly to an adviser. Job Centre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office. It’s aim is to help people of working age find employment and an office can be found in each district of Essex. Find your local office by visiting: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
Using a recruitment agency can be a really good choice as many employers do not recruit directly themselves; you might not even find their vacancies on their own website. Often the only way to apply for some jobs is through a recruitment agency. Many recruitment agencies are specialised and focus on different sectors. Agencies will regularly and actively search for work on your behalf, so this, of course, can make life a little easier for you if you’re finding hunting for jobs particularly time consuming. As you might expect some agencies are better than others and it can be difficult to tell them apart. Therefore checking to make sure that the agency is a member of ‘The Recruitment & Employment Confederation’ is really important.
Visiting jobs fairs can be a great start to finding out what jobs are available locally and they’re a great opportunity to meet and talk directly to employers and recruiters. Remember they are there to explain what jobs they have and what their business is like, so take advantage and ask lots of questions. To find out when jobs fairs are happening keep an eye out in local papers, follow your local college on social media and check online. Be sure to take a notepad to take names and contact details so you can follow up your conversations afterwards! You should also take extra copies of your CV and dress smartly as it could lead to an informal interview - remember that first impressions count!
Contacting Companies Directly
This approach involves actively contacting companies you are interested in working for. Some businesses really like this approach as it shows them that you are interested in working for them, rather than just applying because there is a job on offer. When using this approach its useful to ensure that you target companies that are likely to require someone with your specific skills and expertise – these could be companies that provide similar products or services to what you have worked on before, or smaller or less known business who might receive fewer approaches from job seekers. Write a persuasive covering letter and CV outlining what you can bring to the company – remember to always sell yourself
Become an apprentice or maybe work for yourself
Apprenticeships are for people from any background or age and are a great way for you to retrain or upskill whilst earning money. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job along with study and offer educational levels beyond degree level. Many employers look to employ apprentices as part of their recruitment strategies and therefore visiting the governments apprenticeship website: www.getingofar.gov.uk can provide a great start in helping identify what apprenticeship roles are available. It’s also worth contacting your local college as they will also be able to advise what apprenticeships are on offer.
Working for Yourself
If you have a good idea and the motivation to make it successful then this might be a great move for you. Starting your own business requires careful planning, research and preparation, but we’ve got a great guide for you if you want to start your own business.
Use the Universal Job Match Service
the Universal Jobmatch is a free service that enables you to search for and apply for jobs on one of the largest job boards in Europe. Find the Universal Job Match Service at: www.gov.uk/jobsearch
You do not need to be registered to search for jobs but setting up a Universal Jobmatch account will enable you to:
- Create a ‘Profile’. This will help match you to job opportunities and help if you use the ‘CV Builder’ to create a CV.
- Build or upload up to five CVs which you can use to apply for jobs within Universal Jobmatch.
- Create a searchable (“public”) CV that can allow employers to match your skill-set against their jobs and invite you to apply. This process does not reveal your identity or personal details to the employer.
- Create and save job searches. You can request email updates daily or weekly on new jobs matching your saved job searches.
- Create and save up to five cover letters which you can use when applying for jobs within Universal Jobmatch.
- Keep a record of your job search and application activity in one place. If you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance, this will make it easier to discuss your job search activity with your adviser.
David Bell's 8 tips to starting your own business
Working for yourself and starting your own business can be a brilliant way to earn money and grow your own career. It’s simple to start a business from home and growing numbers of people are doing it. There are 2.9m home-based businesses in the UK and they contribute £300 billion to the economy