How to start looking for work

This section covers everything from job search dos and don’ts and what to include in your CV, as well as our key tips to help you how to find a new job, whether it’s full-time, part-time, or temp. Find out everything you need to know about looking for work now.

Character reference template

Sometimes finding a new role really is a question of character. We’ve already covered how to get a reference, but here are a few things you need to know about writing a character reference for someone, and a template to help you get started.

Jobs for 16-year-olds

16 and ready to work? Here are a few jobs you can do – and a handful of helpful hints to get your career off on the right foot.

I need a job: where do I start?

We’ve already covered what type of job to look for. Here are our tops for getting your job search started:

Five personal attributes valued by employers

Struggling to stand out? It might be time to take it personally. To make sure you’re highlighting your attributes as well as your skills, here are five personal attributes most valued by employers:

How to: Find work as an older jobseeker

As an older jobseeker, you might feel like the odds are stacked against you. We’ve already covered five of the best jobs for older people, but here’s how to find work as an older jobseeker.

Ask James: How do I find a new career at 50?

Stuggling to find career advice for older jobseekers? In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on how to find a new career at 50…

How to: Research a company before you apply

Sometimes finding the best fit requires a little legwork. To help you get started, here are our top tips on how to research company before you apply.

How to: Claim Jobseeker’s Allowance

Are you looking for financial help during your job search? Here’s a quick guide on how to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance:

How to: Search for jobs online

Here’s a brief guide of how to search for jobs, and some of our top tips to make sure your results are as relevant as possible.

Five reasons to register with

With hundreds of thousands of jobs from some of the UK’s biggest brands on right now, there’s no better place to get going. Here are five reasons to register with

Big or small company: Which is right for you

Think size doesn’t matter? Think again. To help you decide what type of company would best suit you, here are a few potential advantages and disadvantages of working for big and small companies:


Personal branding: What you need to know

If you think branding is just for businesses, think again. Not sure what it’s all about? Here’s everything you need to know about personal branding:

Ask James: Should I switch careers?

Looking to enter a brand new industry, but not sure where to start? In this month’s column, James gives his advice on how to switch careers.

How to: Use job descriptions to land your dream role

To make sure you’re making the most out of the clues they could give you, here’s our guide on how using job descriptions effectively could help land your dream role: 

Christmas jobs 2018: How to find work

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. To help you embrace the holiday spirit (and earn some money at the same time) here are a few of our top tips on how to get a Christmas job:

How to: Decide what job to look for

Whether you’re new to job seeking, or you’re looking for a career change, deciding what job to look for can be tough. Here are some of our top tips.

How to add courses on LinkedIn

Your CV and cover letter aren’t the only places you can demonstrate your skills. To make sure your social media profiles aren’t costing you the job, here’s how to add courses to your LinkedIn profile:

Eight ways you’re selling yourself short in your job search

Can’t get the job you want? To make sure you’re showing recruiters what you can really do, here are eight ways you’re selling yourself short in your job search (and our advice on how to turn it around):

Five ways to make the most of career fairs

Want to speak face-to-face with recruiters in your industry? Here are some of our top career fair tips, and how you can learn to use them to your advantage…

Seven of the worst pieces of advice you could give to a jobseeker

When it comes to jobseeking, it can seem like everyone is an expert. To help you see what you shouldn’t do, here are seven terrible pieces of advice you could give to a jobseeker:

How to: Find a new job

Ok, so you know what type of job you’re looking for. Our guide will help you find it, making sure you’ve considered all the options.

ATS: What you need to know

Not sure what an ATS is? We’ve got you covered. To make sure you’re clear on how an ATS works, here’s everything you need to know about applicant tracking systems:

DBS Checks: What you need to know

When it comes to finding your dream role, some might ask for more than an application. To help you understand what they involve (and whether you need one), here’s everything you need to know about DBS checks:

Five of the biggest frustrations about looking for a job

Hate job hunting? You’re not alone. To help you get through it, here’s how to deal with five of the biggest jobseeking frustrations.