How to/Where to search for work

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1. ONLINE

The most popular way to look for employment is to search online. There are numerous sites offering services. You can upload your CV with as many sites as you wish. Once you have uploaded your CV with the site, you can then search their database of job offers and keep applying for the ones that are suitable for you. You will usually be contacted by a person from the site and after a quick conversation they will let you know whether you are suitable for the position or not. If you are, they will then send your details directly to the employer or arrange an interview on your behalf. If you are not invited for an interview, keep applying for other positions.

Once you sign up with a job site and save your job preferences with the site they will be sending you information about new vacancies via email. Keep checking your email on a regular basis. You do not have to pay to sign up with a job site.

These are some of the most popular job sites:  www.jobsite.co.uk  www.totaljobs.com  www.monster.co.uk  You can also check www.gumtree.co.uk for independent job offers directly from employers. You can also find sites that cater to a particular profession for example site for nurses or carers.

 

2. IN PERSON

Looking for employment in person is becoming rather old-fashioned however; many independent shops or companies still advertise on their windows and ask candidates to bring in their CV directly. If you are looking for a position of a sales assistant or receptionist it may be a good idea to go for a walk with a few copies of your CV ready to be handed in. Don’t forget to check how to write a CV.

 

3. EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

Another option is to walk into an employment agency. You can have a discussion with them about terms and conditions and whether they could help you find what you are looking for. Employment agencies usually charge a percentage from your income if the job was found through them. It is important you find this out before you agree to any job offers.

What to expect:

Employment agencies make money from employers and not from people looking for work. That is why they are not allowed to charge you fees when you sign up with them. Neither can they ask you to pay for any additional services. They are not allowed to withhold your pay even if they did not receive pay from the company you work for. You must receive terms and conditions in writing before you start any work for the agency. These should include your rate of pay (at least the NMW), how often are your getting paid, the fact that you will be paid for all the work you carry out, notice to end the contract (either by you or the company employing you)

4. PRESS

Many newspapers include a regular weekly employment section worth checking out.

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