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Where can I find a job?

Need a job but don’t know where to look? Read our guide to make sure you’re searching in the right places.

Looking for a job can feel like a job in itself. Competition is tough at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t jobs out there, provided you know where to look. Different types of job tend to be found in different places, so you’ll save yourself time if you know what you’re looking for; whether it’s a full-time career or a part-time job, whether you need it to be local or whether you’d be prepared to move, and what you can do with any experience, qualifications and skills you already have.

Then, you can set out to search:

Job search websites

There are hundreds of job websites, from big ones like Monster and Jobsearch that cover jobs across the whole country, to ones like Artsjobs which deal with specific sectors, or just a local area. There are also dedicated job websites for students. Other sites, such as Neuvoo, let you search for jobs across several different websites at once. 

You can search adverts according to things like salary and hours, and many sites also have email notifications so you’ll get relevant jobs sent to your inbox without needing to visit the site every day. You might also be able to upload your CV for employers to look at.

Employer websites

Not every employer puts job opportunities on general job search websites, so keep an eye on the vacancies page of a company’s website if there are any you’d particularly like to work for. You should sign up for any newsletters and do some research into the company, to find out some information that could be helpful if a job does come up, news of work experience or training programmes, and maybe the contact details of someone you could send a CV to.

Social media

Many jobs aren’t officially advertised at all but are passed on by ‘word of mouth’ – although these days that can mean someone posting about it on Twitter or Facebook. Read our article Job hunting with social networking to find out more about who and how to follow to find a job, and how to get the jobs to come to you by promoting yourself online.


They might not be as hi-tech as browsing online, but don’t overlook newspapers in your search for a job. National newspapers like The Guardian advertise jobs in specific sectors like media or charity on specific days, but if you’re looking for something local find out what day your local paper publishes job adverts.

Job centres

You no longer have to visit the job centre to look through their jobs, as they are now available online. Job centres can still be worth visiting to see an adviser if you want help with things like your CV, and they’ll also be able to tell you about any benefits like Jobseeker’s Allowance you might be able to claim. Students who want face-to-face advice could also ask a teacher or careers adviser at your school or college or an employment officer in student services at university.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies can look for a job for you, matching you up according to the kind of work you’re looking for with employers with jobs to fill. Some agencies specialize in certain jobs and some are better for part-time work than others, but all are free to register with, although they won’t guarantee to find you work. Read our article Using a recruitment agency to find out more.


An apprenticeship is a great option if you want to earn a qualification as well as some cash. As an apprentice you’ll be placed with a company where you’ll learn on the job as well as studying towards a qualification like an NVQ, and will get a wage as well. You aren’t guaranteed a full-time job at the end, but the practical skills you’ll pick up will be a big boost for your future career. See our section on Apprenticeships for loads more information.

Graduate and school leaver programmes

Some employers recruit people leaving school, college or university to train them up for positions in their company. In some cases, the company might also pay for you to study for a degree or postgraduate qualification at the same time. Competition for these schemes can be tough so you’ll need good grades in your GCSEs, A-levels or degree – depending on the level you enter – but visit websites like notgoingtouni for school or college leaver programmes or ask at your student services department and check out company websites for graduate programmes to see if there are any you’re interested in.

Speculative CVs

You don’t necessarily have to wait until you see a job advertised. If there’s a particular company you want to work for, you could always send them your CV or portfolio with a quick email explaining what you think you can offer them. There’s no guarantee that they’ll get back to you, but if you make sure you’re sending it to the right person – look on their website or ring through to find a named contact rather than just sending it to an info@ address – and tailor your CV to show what you can offer, they could be impressed with the interest you’ve shown and bear you in mind when a relevant job comes up.

Family and friends

Don’t forget to ask the people around you. They might know of jobs going wherever they work, or know someone they could introduce you to working in a similar job to the one you want, who could give you advice on how they got there. Not everybody will be able to help but remember that if you don’t ask, then you’ll never know!

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