There are many places you can look for work. Some of the more obvious places to start are online job sites, recruitment agencies and Job Centre Plus.
If you are a member of Facebook, try searching for local job groups. Look direct on companies vacancy pages. Some companies will advertise vacancies in their shop windows and via notice boards in stores. Ask if you can leave a copy of your CV with companies for future opportunities.
Consider joining the professional social networking group, LinkedIn. All sorts of job listings are posted on LinkedIn everyday by employers, and LinkedIn 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 people, 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 recognized qualification. For more on Apprenticeships visit, learn direct
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 are currently receiving Job Seekers Allowance, 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
The Foundation team work with various providers across Kent to offer guidance on finding employment and further training. To find out what is available in your area contact Sara Hutchinson: 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.
Response is a organisation which has opportunities across Kent.
Free courses are provided to help people gain a qualification, build confidence and gain an understanding about volunteering.