Searching for and Securing a Job

Whether you are looking for part-time, full-time or casual work, you will need to contact employers yourself.

You should:

  • Look at the vacancies notice board in schools, colleges, academies or Connexions/ YSS centres.
  • Look in local shop windows.
  • Make copies of your CV to give to local businesses.
  • Read local newspapers and magazines.
  • Look at websites of companies that you would like to work for to see if they have any vacancies.
  • Use your personal network - family, friends, neighbours, etc.
  • Write to companies that you would like to work for asking if they have any opportunities available.

Do some research - find out as much as you can about:

  • what the company does;
  • what the employer wants;
  • and what the job involves

Searching for a job isn’t easy and you will need to be:

  • Positive
  • Realistic
  • Organised
  • Persistent

Then work out how much your interests, abilities, experiences and achievements match this job.

Finding out about the types of jobs that people do, where these jobs are located and how many people are employed in different types of jobs is called Labour Market Information (LMI)

If you want any help with applying for jobs, contact your Connexions or YSS Adviser who will be able to help.

Remember when emailing or phoning:

  • Always end your email or phone call on a friendly and positive note
  • No not use text speech
  • Always use a professional email address
  • Always thank people for their time

Here’s where you can find some job vacancies

Young Peoples “Connexions” Centres
Click here to find your nearest Connexions or here for Youth and Family Support Centre where you will be able to get help in your job search and check on vacancies.

Employment agencies
A search on the '' website will give you a list of agencies in your local area. Agencies can specialise in different industries and vacancies can be temporary so check the details carefully with each agency.

Jobcentre Plus 
Jobs tend to be for 18+. There is an internet linked service, you can visit your local centre or you may also telephone Job Centre Plus on 0845 60 60 234.

Local Council Vacancies 
For information on job vacancies within the local councils, follow the links: