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Top tips on finding a job

Here are our top tips for finding out about job vacancies online and offline. Some you'll already know about, but there may be others you've not thought of.
Most newspapers have a vacancy section for both national and local jobs. Adverts for professional, executive and senior vacancies tend to appear in national papers and adverts for local employers usually appear in local papers. Daily papers usually feature certain types of jobs on different days of the week. For example, The Guardian features media jobs on Mondays, education jobs on Tuesdays, public and social sector on Wednesdays and IT on Thursdays.
As well as carrying latest vacancy adverts, these journals contain features about latest developments in their sector.
Onrec News is an example of a specialist journal covering the online job search industry. Most libraries stock these or you can order a copy online.
Job Centre Plus offers many services. They will then help you decide on the best way forward and give you detailed listings on who is recruiting and where.
Using www.check4jobs.com is great of way of searching for a job online. We list over 300,000 jobs and add at least 10,000 brand new local vacancies every day from most of the largest job sources in the UK. We place details of their vacancies on our website so that online jobseekers can apply online and quickly.
  • Recruitment and employment agencies websites (Check4Jobs has most of these vacancies)
  • Newspaper websites
  • The Check4Jobs Local Network

You may also be able to download the application form and apply for your new job online using most of the Check4Jobs partner sites. For a detailed list check this link Check4Jobs/Partners
Recruitment and employment agencies are a good source of finding a job. They also have the advantage of giving a personalised service. Agencies fill vacancies on behalf of employers and employers use agencies because recruiting is time-consuming and requires expertise.
You will usually be invited for an interview by an employment agency so they can meet with you face to face. This is to find out what kind of work you're looking for and what skills you've got. Depending on the type of work you're looking for they may ask you to sit a skills test of some sort, usually to test your typing speed or IT skills for example. Recruiters will also will take your personal details and contact you when a suitable vacancy comes up. It isn’t unusual for a recruiter to set up a direct interview with an employer. Many vacancies handled by recruitment agencies are temporary, but some agencies specialise in permanent or executive jobs. There are many specialist recruiters who work in particular sectors such as media, law or social work, to name but a few.
Some broadcasters air TV shows listing job vacancies although these are rare and are usually late at night. Some employers advertise vacancies on local radio too.
Careers offices hold vacancies with local employers. There may be immediate vacancies or training vacancies, such as apprenticeships also which is a great way to learn new skills. Some careers offices have facilities for adults as well and specialist services aimed at under 20s.
Some employers advertise job vacancies on signs outside their premises. Typically these types of employers are found on busy trading estates or airports for example.
About 70 per cent of jobs are filled without even being advertised! This can be due to an internal candidate filling the post, someone being notified word of mouth by an existing employee. Specialist headhunting agencies are also working tirelessly to find quality applicants for their clients.
Always keep yourself safe when applying for jobs. The vast majority of interviews are perfectly normal and safe but as with any situation involving strangers, you should use common sense.

Here are some useful tips:

  • Check out the organisation by researching them.
  • Tell someone where the interview is and what time you expect to be back.
  • Make sure it's on the organisation's premises or in a public place.
  • Never interview in a private residential address.
  • Arrange to be picked up by someone if the interview is at a strange time or in a remote location.

  • Agree to continue the interview on a social date - such as drinks or a meal.
  • Apply for jobs that seem too good to be true.
  • Give away personnel details such as bank details etc.
  • Accept a lift home.