Finding a Job

Once you have made your decision to return to work how is the best way of finding a job?  Looking for a job can be a frustrating task but there are a few key steps you can take to try and make the process a little smoother.

There are many places you can look for a job;

Newspapers - Local Newspapers will have details of a large number of vacancies in your area.  National newspapers often advertise as well, but jobs in these papers may be located far from where you live so may not be suitable if you need to be home by a certain time

Job centres - Personal advisors can help you find the vacancies that are right for you.  They will also be aware of any government training schemes that are available to you.  The disadvantage is that the number of applicants is often high with some people applying purely to meet their jobseekers allowance quota.

Speculative CVs – You’ll probably have a relatively low response rate, but if you do find an employer with a vacancy there will often be less competition.

Employer websites – Employers will list full details of any vacancies they currently have.  This is a great place to look if you are looking to work for a specific company.

Recruitment sites – Reputable recruitment websites will list full details of vacancies from sales jobs to management roles, closing dates, salary figures and sometimes they’ll even show how many people have currently applied.  These sites will often have a great selection of permanent, contract, full time and part time opportunities giving you a great choice of opportunity.”


Sector-specific websites – If you are looking to work in a specific industry, then a site that focuses on a specific job area, for example engineering or nursing may be you’re ideal starting place. They quite often list vacancies that aren’t necessarily advertised elsewhere.

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