Job search

How to find that job!

Vacancies for full-time or part-time jobs can be found on the internet via job search and company websites, on the National Careers Service website, in newspapers, via recruitment agencies, at Jobcentres, in industry magazines, and on social media - especially LinkedIn.

Many jobs are actually not advertised at all but are found through word of mouth or networking, through family and friends, or through local employers. Where possible, leave some information about yourself, such as a CV or a brief resume with anyone you hear about a job through.

It takes time and commitment to search for a job.

Be prepared to invest the time needed to find vacancies, complete applications, network, and do your research.

How to organise yourself for job searching:
  • Settle into a daily routine and set yourself a target of the number of applications you need to write each week (perhaps 2-3)
  • Identify and target the companies or charities you might like to work for.
  • Read these 6 top tips for keeping yourself motivated through your job searching.

Your Routes Adviser will guide and support you through the different places you can search for jobs. Below are some useful websites to get you started on some first steps.

Our Advisers' Top Tips:

Aradhana says: Remain positive. We all get a few knock backs when looking for work. Don't take it personally if you are rejected or don't even get a response because it is probably not because of anything you have done wrong.

Claire says: It’s a good idea to make a weekly and daily plan for your job searching activities. It can take a lot of time and thought so building it in to your daily routine is helpful in setting aside enough time.

Jayne says: Don’t limit your search to online searching. Contact local recruitment agencies, get to know the staff there, remind them regularly of your requirements and availability.

Mirco says: Don’t forget to create a LinkedIn account. If you’re a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using it to your full advantage. Considering that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, this is not an understatement.

Nicole says: Knowing how to find a job is a skill in itself. Once you have been successful in landing a job, you will find that the process becomes easier if you ever find yourself looking for employment again.