Skills Support for the Unemployed

Where to find jobs

Not sure how and where to search for jobs?

There are a number of ways to find jobs, from social media to your local newspaper. Certain methods of looking for a job are more important than others, depending on the type of job you are looking for. Here are a few options you can consider:

  1. Newspapers – There are still plenty of jobs being advertised in newspapers. Pick up your local newspaper in the morning and apply for any adverts straight away. Most national newspapers also have jobs sections which are printed at the back of the paper or are available online.
  2. Sector Magazines – Most job sectors have a magazine. If there is a particular sector you are keen to get into, then signing up for that sector’s magazine could help you get a feel for the sector and the issues surrounding it. You can also find out who the leaders are and build relationships with them. There are usually job adverts and information about companies which you might want to work for.
  3. Job sites – There are lots of websites advertising jobs. Some of these websites are sector-specific or are just for your area. Jobcentre Plus has a free Universal Jobmatch service to help you find suitable jobs in your area. There are many others, such as, and
  4. Agencies – There are lots of recruitment agencies dealing with many areas of recruitment, sometimes in different areas. Sometimes they will assess your skills and abilities with an interview and tests. They will usually try to fill vacancies for a number of companies and will put you forward for any jobs they think you might be suitable for.
  5. Networking – Look for Jobs fairs in your area or any networking events specific to your sector. Most areas have a business network or clubs, even not related to careers, where you have the potential to meet people and potentially find your next opportunity.
  6. Contacts - Sometimes it is not about what you know, but who you know. Ask any friends and relatives if they know of any job vacancies where they work. Any friends on Facebook could also potentially know someone who has a job for you.
  7. Social Media – You can use Facebook to ask friends or acquaintances if they know about any vacancies in your area. You could find out about a job through a friend of a friend. Follow organisations that you are interested in on Twitter, they will most likely post any new vacancies straight away. Many recruiters and agencies also have Twitter accounts to tell people about current job opportunities. LinkedIn is also useful when looking for jobs, setting up a professional profile with your skills, experience and ambitions. It provides the opportunity to network with potential employers and perhaps get headhunted. There are also jobs advertised on this site.
  8. Speculating –If you turn up on a company’s door step, with a CV and are prepared to wait to speak to the hiring manager, this could be rewarded so long as you make a good impression. You can also look at directories for companies in your sector or use a search engine to find companies of interest. If they have vacancies they will normally have it displayed on their website. If not, you can write a speculative letter or email to that company. Even if they cannot offer you a job, they might let you come in for work experience or let you know when a vacancy opens.

If you are affected by redundancy or are currently unemployed and need further support with getting back into work quickly, please get in touch using the contact form below so we can get you started.

For more information on what we can offer you, please visit our Jobseeker page or our Redundancy information page.