Before you start to look
It’s important to identify your strengths, skills and motivations, so you can think about what’s the best path for you. Try our Find Your Potential tool, which will help you find your key skills, passions and preferences.
Where should I look for a job?
You could keep it local and visit a recruitment agency or temping agency. However, these days, most people tend to look online. So where should you go?
Online ‘job boards’ (websites that post up-to-date listings for job vacancies) like Indeed, Monster, Total Jobs and Reed.
These will ask you to decide the kind of job you’re looking for:
- Full time or part-time? Are you working alongside studies, or will you be able to work full time — usually defined as 37.5 hours a week?
- Permanent or temporary? Temporary jobs are sometimes called ‘fixed term’ or ‘contract’ when they last for a specific amount of time, e.g. six months
- The sector you’d like to work in — which industry or area? For example: hospitality, finance or retail
Most of these ‘job board’ websites ask you to upload a CV. So if you haven’t already, take a look at our guide: How to write a CV
Other places to look online
You can also:
- Set up a LinkedIn profile - LinkedIn is a professional social networking site where many companies advertise jobs. You can read more about this in our social media for work section
- Make a list of companies you’d like to work for. If you’re not sure how to choose, see What to look for below
- Visit their websites and look for jobs (this section is usually called ‘vacancies’, ‘careers’, or ‘work with us’)
Start following their socials. You don’t have to use any existing accounts you may have — you can set up a professional account on LinkedIn