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Advice for jobseekers


Advice and tips on how to write a CV, including where to start, how far back you go and classic...
Useful resources and advice if you have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy, including how Universal Credit...
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If you have been made redundant, you may be eligible for financial support. Universal Credit and other benefits could help...
Advice to prison leavers looking to find a job
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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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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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A work coach from Jobcentre Plus gives their top interview tips. A job interview can be a daunting experience whether...
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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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Keeping calm under pressure Finding yourself centre stage at an interview, for the first time in many years, can be...
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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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So your CV worked and you are through to the interview stage. A work coach from Jobcentre Plus has some...
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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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What do employers actually mean when they seek a determined, positive, confident individual? Indeed explains what employers might mean when...
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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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There are many different types of job application forms but often employers will use a ‘competency based’ form to help...
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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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As a jobseeker, one of your big challenges is making sure that you have the basic skills necessary to build...
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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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Been off work for a while or furloughed? It’s a good chance to take stock and improve your skill-set to...
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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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What does being furloughed mean for you? If you’ve been put on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus, you might...
There is extra support available from DWP Providers to help people get and keep a job. A Jobcentre Plus work...
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If you are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition, you may want some extra support in finding...
Money worries can quickly mount up when you’ve lost your job. The good news is there’s lots of support available....
Creative skills are highly transferable and there are many industries outside the creative sectors which would benefit from the exchange...
It’s a tough time for everyone right now, so it’s even more important to look after your mental health. You...
So, you’ve sweated through the interview, successfully dealt with those tricky questions, avoided common pitfalls like badmouthing your former employers,...
Working into your 50s and early 60s and, if you wish, after State Pension age can help support your financial,...
Norman is a former resident of HMP Brixton. Now back in the community, he reflects on how challenging situations force...
Mark Esho, a small business owner from Leicester, has a workforce spread around the country so is well placed to...
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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...
Advice to prison leavers looking to find a job
Whether you’d been been looking for a job for a while before the coronavirus outbreak, or are going through redundancy,...
This page lists some of the national recruitment exercises that DWP are aware of. There are currently vacancies in a...
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Whether you’re looking for a new job, to change your career or making the most of opportunities during furlough, you...