There are many places you can look for work. Some of the more obvious places to start are online job sites, recruitment agencies and the Department for Work and Pensions ‘Find a Job’ website.
If you are on Facebook, try searching for local job groups. Or, if you on Twitter did you know Job Centre Plus in Kent has a dedicated Twitter page that tweets live jobs in Kent? Follow @JCPinKent. You can also try looking direct on companies’ vacancy pages.
Not online? Some companies will advertise vacancies in their shop windows and via notice boards in stores. If you’re visiting a big shopping centre, ask at the concierge desk about job opportunities. These could include security guards, retail workers, cleaners etc. First impressions count, so remember to look presentable and ask if you can leave a copy of your CV for future opportunities.
Consider joining the professional social networking group, LinkedIn. All sorts of job listings are posted on LinkedIn every day by employers, and it will recommend specific jobs to you based on your current information, including your location and optional job preferences that you can fill out to get better-tailored job listings. Remember to ask friends and associates to endorse your skills.
If you are not comfortable networking online, try word of mouth. Speak to family, friends, neighbours, shop workers. This may result in more job opportunities. Be careful if you are looking to change jobs; you may need to be discreet as you don’t want your current employer to get wind!
Could you work for yourself? The Government is encouraging people to become self-employed, especially if you are currently unemployed or have been made redundant.
If you are planning to go self-employed, make sure you know what is involved including how this affects your benefits and tax credits.
If you are aged between 16 and 24, an apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn and gain a recognised qualification. For more on apprenticeships visit: gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
If you’ve been out of work for a while, lacking in confidence or not sure what industry you want to work in, volunteering can be a good start. Volunteering can be a route to employment, a way to enhance a CV and gain a reference.
If you receive certain benefits, volunteering can count towards up to 50% of the time you are expected to be looking for a job.
For the rules on volunteering and claiming benefits, read Volunteering and Benefits
Requesting a work experience placement from a company is a great way to get experience, boost your skills and even get a foot in the door of a great place to work. After all, if you impress them, they may bear you in mind for future roles. Work experience is also a great addition to your CV. There are different options available, and staff at your local Jobcentre Plus can advise you about opportunities. Find out more about work experience and volunteering.
Our Community Investment team works with providers across Kent to offer guidance on finding employment and further training. To find out what is available in your area contact Sophie Locke: email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need support, Access All Areas (Tunbridge Wells) and the Job Club (Dover) run weekly drop-in sessions offering help with CV writing as well as interview tips and other useful skills for job hunting.