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Open up more opportunities Whether you’re looking for a new job, to change your career or making the most of...
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Mark Esho, a small business owner from Leicester, has a workforce spread around the country so is well placed to...
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Getting your CV right is easily the most important part of the job application. But you’re not going to get...
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Firing off the same old CV time after time is a sure fire way to rule yourself out of the...
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Joanne Pickering, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) has experience of recruitment in a...
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When you write your CV, it can sometimes be difficult to populate that down-near-the-bottom section marked ‘skills’: surely that’s all...
With support from New Enterprise Allowance Razan set up Yorkshire Dama Cheese. Three years later she is an award-winning entrepreneur...
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If you are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition, you may want some extra support in finding...
There is extra support available from DWP Providers to help people get and keep a job. A Jobcentre Plus work...
This page lists some of the national recruitment exercises that DWP are aware of. There are currently vacancies in a...
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What does being furloughed mean for you? If you’ve been put on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus, you might...
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Help keep the country running by going to work, while staying safe. Just remember to follow social distancing advice: Keep...
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Been off work for a while or furloughed? It’s a good chance to take stock and improve your skill-set to...
If you had already been looking for a job for a while before the coronavirus outbreak, you may be finding...
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Thinking about returning to work after taking time off work to be with your family? Returning to work can be...
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As a jobseeker, one of your big challenges is making sure that you have the basic skills necessary to build...
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When applying for a job, each job application needs a CV and cover letter. A work coach from Jobcentre Plus...
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There are many different types of job application forms but often employers will use a ‘competency based’ form to help...
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DWP’s Steve McCall offers tips on how to get work-ready, whether it’s to support the national effort or prepare for...
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Deciding on how much career history to include on your CV can be challenging. On one hand, you’re keen to...
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There are many reasons why someone may take a break from working. Whatever the reason, knowing how to address these...
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What do employers actually mean when they seek a determined, positive, confident individual? Indeed explains what employers might mean when...
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If you are considering a change in career or want to understand your finances, the mid-life MOT is available as...
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So your CV worked and you are through to the interview stage. A work coach from Jobcentre Plus has some...
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Working into your 50s and early 60s and, if you wish, after State Pension age can help support your financial,...
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Organisations are more frequently asking candidates to make a presentation as part of the interview in the hiring process. The...
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Keeping calm under pressure Finding yourself centre stage at an interview, for the first time in many years, can be...
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So, you’ve sweated through the interview, successfully dealt with those tricky questions, avoided common pitfalls like badmouthing your former employers,...
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Sometimes, you’re just going to get a difficult interview question. Often, it’s because an interviewer wants to catch you out. A...
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A work coach from Jobcentre Plus gives their top interview tips. A job interview can be a daunting experience whether...
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Volunteering is a rewarding way of helping others, working on worthwhile projects and meeting new people. It’s also a great...
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If you have been made redundant, you may be eligible to claim benefits whilst looking for your next job and...
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So, you’ve wooed the employer with a cracking CV, or a fantastic application form – great! Give yourself a well-deserved...
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Useful resources and advice if you have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy.