Find a job

Jobs are advertised in a range of places, for details of where to look for jobs a good place to start is our 'advice-sheet-job-searching.pdf' advice sheet.

Planning your jobsearch

It is important to remember that there are lots of places to look for work, and that no one source will cover all the available jobs. So, for example, although a great deal of job searching can now be done on online jobs databases, some employers will only advertise their jobs on their own websites, and some employers will prefer to advertise in the press rather than online. For this reason it is important to keep your job search wide ranging, using jobsearch websites, but also researching employers and checking their websites where appropriate.

It is a good idea to keep a note of all the places you might look for work and set yourself a regular day of the week for checking websites and papers. It is also a good idea to register for jobs bulletins where they are offered.

Uploading your CV to specialist websites

Some websites will advertise that they will find you work if you upload a CV. However, often these sites will offer less of a return than they promise, and you should only upload your CV after carefully considering whether or not the site is trustworthy. You should also be wary of uploading too much personal information into the public arena.

Extending your job search reach

As well as searching for advertised work you may like to consider other ways of finding work. These include:

  • Making speculative applications - this involves approaching companies who aren't currently recruiting to express your interest in working for them.
  • Developing your networks and contacts - which can be a good way of generating potential work. You can find more information on our Networking pages.

Temporary work

In some areas it is also possible to search for temporary work (also called 'temping').Temporary jobs are often very short term, ranging from just a couple of hours at a time to several months work. This kind of work is offered by recruitment agencies who act as brokers for companies who need staff at very short notice for short term jobs where it would be uneconomical to advertise a post and employ someone directly. The way it works is that you sign up to a recruitment agency who will normally take your CV, find out what kind of work you want to do (make sure you are clear with them!) and then they will offer you opportunities with companies who have approached them. Recruitment agencies exist all over the country, and you can find details from your local jobcentre or by searching the REC website. Additional guidance on recruitment agencies is available from the prospects website.

Some useful job search websites:

  • Local papers: check or ask in your local newsagents or library.
  • Universal Jobsmatch - a jobs database provided by the Department of Work and Pensions
  • Myjobscotland - for local government jobs
  • NHS Scotland recruitment - for NHS jobs
  • Goodmoves - for voluntary and charity sector jobs
  • Jobs North - for jobs in the Highland and North region
  • S1Jobs - for jobs across the whole of Scotland
  • Indeed - for jobs from a wide range of sources including the local press. UK wide.

Applying for work

Most advertised jobs will require you to make an application either using an application form or a CV. Remember that the jobs market is a competitive market and making sure your application is as good as it can be is important. Small mistakes such as mis-spellings, poor grammar, CVs which are too long, or application forms which are incomplete can all cost you interviews. So it is important to seek feedback on your application before you send it in - you may get feedback from friends, family or from a careers adviser (via our CV and application feedback service). Once you get to interview stage we can also offer interview support and coaching, simply contact an adviserfor more information.