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While your online job searches are a great place to start, don’t limit yourself when looking for your next job.

Here are some places you should try as part of your job search:

  • Look for jobs in expanding sectors; there are thousands of jobs available in critical industries like logistics, food retail, agriculture and care. Keep your eyes peeled for big announcements in the news and set up Google alerts to help you keep track of areas you’re particularly interested in. It’s also worth checking our regularly updated page on big recruitment drives happening right now.
  • There are a range of other websites where you can find vacancies – check this list of popular online job boards.
  • Send out your CV to companies where you would like to work. Make sure you tailor you cover letter to say why you’re getting in touch with them, what kind of job you are looking for, and why they should hire you.
  • Company websites – Not all employers recruit in the same way, some only advertise vacancies on their own website, where you may be able to apply online. 
  • Newspapers and trade journals – Find out what day your local paper advertises jobs and make sure you pick up a copy. Trade journals are magazines or newspapers about a specific trade or industry, like IT or manufacturing and will likely advertise job vacancies in that field.
  • Word of mouth – Speak to your family and friends to ask if they know of any vacancies, this could help you get to know about potential jobs early and they may even be able to introduce you to the recruiting manager.
  • Social media – Look on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and like or follow employers you may like to work for. You can also follow @JCPJobsPlusMore to learn more about national employment opportunities as well as your local Jobcentre Plus twitter account for local vacancies and support.
  • Social media can be a helpful tool when looking for jobs, but make sure your online presence isn’t hurting your chances of getting a job. Controversial or inappropriate posts can really affect the way employers see you. Consider reviewing your feeds if you’re actively jobseeking.
  • Apprenticeships – Find out what is on offer
  • Self-employment – Search online to find out about more opportunities