Where to look

Look for work in as many different places as you can. This will give you a better chance of finding jobs you can apply for. You will also meet people, and you may hear about jobs that you might not have found on your own.

Careers centres

In Northern Ireland and Wales there are careers centres where you can look at job adverts and get help with finding work or training.

You can find your local careers centre on the following websites:

Job centres

Depending on where you live, the Government runs various places where you can go to see lists of jobs. These include full- and part-time work, and also temporary and permanent jobs. Most jobs are local or within daily travel, but some offices have adverts for other areas as well.

In some places Employment Service Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) offer special services for people with disabilities. This can include advice and help to find vacancies and DEAs can also arrange for you to get other help and support.

You can find your local job centre on the following websites:

Young people’s centres, schools, and colleges

Most areas have special centres for young people up to the age of 20. They help in finding work, education and training. Depending on your needs, these may be able to help you up to the age of 25. These centres have different names in different areas. Ask your school, college or local council about centres in your area.

Many schools and colleges have their own careers centres, job boards, or job shops.

Newspapers, journals, and trade magazines


Looking for work in lots of different places will give you a better chance of finding jobs you can apply for.

Local newspapers may have job adverts every day or on a certain day each week. You can also look in free daily or weekly papers.

Job adverts in national newspapers are often for professional and/or technical jobs. Usually these have different types of work (such as arts, education, technical, and so on) on different days of the week. National newspapers advertise jobs from all over the UK.

There are many specialist newspapers, journals, and magazines for people in different areas of work – such as catering, engineering, science, transport, and so on. A lot of these have job adverts. These jobs are often for people who already have experience in those job sectors.

Your local library will have newspapers and a range of specialist journals and magazines. To find out where your nearest library is, enter your postcode to search for local library services on gov.uk.

Your local area

Some businesses advertise jobs on notice boards or signs in their shop windows or outside their building. This could be shop work, in hairdressers, petrol stations, offices, restaurants, and many more. Look out for adverts whenever you walk along streets with shops and businesses. You might be surprised how many you see, and how often new ones appear.

Some local shops, such as post offices and newsagents, have boards or windows where people can put up notices. These may be job adverts, or people offering to do work.

You could make your own advert, telling people what skills you have to offer, such as cleaning, babysitting, gardening, painting and decorating, and so on. If you do, make sure your advert looks neat and professional: type and print it, or write it out neatly. Check your spelling and grammar and make sure you include your telephone number and email address.

Employment or recruitment agencies

Agencies match job seekers with jobs. The jobs are not with the agencies themselves, but with other companies that are looking for staff. They can be part-time, full-time, temporary, or permanent jobs.
Agencies often specialise in one job area, such as nursing, admin work, catering, or construction. They have adverts in their windows, on boards outside their office, and often on the internet .

If you are interested in the work an agency has to offer, you need to register with them. This means giving them your contact details, as well as information about your qualifications and experience. Take your CV with you when you go to register with an agency. This will help you tell the agency what they need to know about you. If you do not have a CV, visit the CV pages to find out how to write one.

If your qualifications, skills, and experience match the type of work the agency offers, they can tell you about any suitable jobs they have. They can also contact you when other jobs come up in the future. Usually you would then go for an interview with the company that is looking for new staff. To prepare for an interview, visit the interviews page.

Last updated 26 May, 2017