I need a job: where do I start?

OK, so finding the right role isn’t always an easy challenge…

But whether you’re an experienced worker, a seasoned professional looking for a career change, or even someone just starting out in their career – there are a few key factors to consider before you get started.

We’ve already covered what job would suit you, but here are our top tips on how to start looking for a job:


I don’t know what job I want

First things first, you need to figure out what you want to do.

Assess your skills, abilities, and interests – and do some research into careers that will put each one of your strongest attributes into practice. Doing some work experience or taking on an internship are also great ways to realise your passions without having to commit to a permanent role.

Most importantly though – be realistic with your choice.

Some careers can seem attractive at first, but may not be as glamourous as they seem. Prioritise the lifestyle over the job title, and you’ll be on the right track to making a choice that’s right for you.

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I need a job now

For some people, the right opportunity is one that they can start straight away.

The good news is, there are a range of jobs that allow just that.

If you need to find work right now but can’t commit to anything serious, temporary roles are a great place to start. They help you find almost immediate employment, whilst allowing you to develop your skills in a range of sectors and situations.

But that doesn’t mean immediate start permanent options aren’t available. Many employers have vacancies that they need to fill fast – all you need to do is find the right one for you.

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I need a job but have no experience

If you think a lack of experience is holding you back – don’t panic.

There are many ways to enter the world of work.

Volunteering, internships, and apprenticeships are all great ways to gain practical experience in the industry you’re passionate about, all will help make you more employable in the long run. It’ll also show employers that you’re motivated and willing to get involved.

Start by making a career plan to outline the steps you’ll need to take to get to reach your goals. Whether it means getting an entry level job in your chosen field, or taking a course to improve your skills.

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I need a job but I don’t have the right qualifications

Staying ahead of your competition can be tough, especially if you’re lacking in qualifications.

And if you’re short on free time too, studying can seem impossible.

Luckily – there are many courses that allow you to work in a way that suits you, whether it’s full-time, part-time, or on a home study or distance learning basis – meaning there’s really no excuse not to start.

And even if the role you want to do doesn’t state certain qualifications as a prerequisite, having them will help you to stand out from the crowd, as well as prove your passion for the industry you’re looking to work in.

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Six reasons you should start studying


I need a job that gives me flexibility

Not everyone is cut out for a life of 9-5s.

If you’re looking for a role with a better work-life balance, there are many opportunities out there – from freelance, work from home, and part-time jobs, to roles with flexible working hours.

Finding a position like this will not only allow you to make your job work around your lifestyle, it’ll also help you to build on your practical work experience whilst honouring your other commitments.

Because nobody (AKA recruiters) likes long gaps in your CV

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I need a job that makes the most of my degree

If you’ve been to university, you might be looking for a role that’s more specific to your degree.

And whether you’ve just finished studying, been on a gap year, or you’ve been working for a while – there’s a graduate position to suit you, no matter what industry you’re looking to find work in.

In fact, many companies even offer specialised graduate training schemes solely dedicated to helping graduates maximise their potential and kick-start their careers.

Should I go to university?

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I need a job in…

So you might not have your dream job title in mind yet. But that’s OK.

All you have to do is start incorporating your skills and interests into your job search; and you’ll be on the right track to discovering your perfect career path.

If you’re looking to find work in a particular industry, directing your search towards a specific sector will help to narrow down your options. You might even find your perfect role is right in front of you – you just didn’t know its title.

So whether you’re an English, maths, or history lover, a sports enthusiast, or someone who wants a job with animals – there’s something out there for you.

No. More. Excuses.

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