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Get a job - There was a time when choosing a career or job was quite simple...

...because there weren't that many to choose from. And the idea of developing a career, changing jobs or looking for new challenges was quite rare. The working world of today is much more complex.

There are many stages to getting a job, from deciding which jobs to go for, to choosing the right places to look, to working on your interview skills. The National Careers Service is here to help you every step of the way.

Most of us have frequent periods of job seeking. The world of work moves quickly. To keep up with it most of us need to change jobs from time to time. Some of these changes can be when we choose to move on to a new or better job. And some of these changes can be made because have to, like in the case of redundancy.

Job hunting is about showing yourself in the best light. It's also about making the most of your strengths. This is the same whether it’s on a CV or in an interview. There’s advice here to help you. Whether you’re not currently in a job and want to get back to work, or you’re looking for your next move, you can contact us.

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More information about how to find a job

There are many ways to look for a job. These can include searching the internet and finding out about jobs by word of mouth. You’ll have more chance of finding your dream job if you make sure you’re looking in the right places.

Finding a job

Get advice on CVs and covering letters

Your CV is your chance to show employers that you’re the right person for the job. It’s the first thing an employer sees of you. It’s important to make the best impression. We’ve got all the tools and guides you need to create a great-looking CV. And don’t forget the covering letter!

CVs and covering letters

Read more about application forms

Whether you’re filling in an application form online or on paper, there are rules to follow. These can help you hit the right notes with employers. We’ve got advice on everything to do with application forms. This includes how to present your work experience and how to fill in the personal statement section at the end.

Application forms

Get advice on job interviews

To give a good interview you’ll have to plan well. You need to think on your feet and come across as the type of person employers want to work with. Read our interview do’s and don’ts for tips. And our handy guide to interview questions lifts the lid on the top ten questions employers ask.

Preparing for interviews

More information about starting a new job

Starting a new job can be an exciting time. You’ll meet new people. You'll be kept busy by learning the ropes in a new role. Our guide can help you to prepare for that first day, and can give you an idea of what to expect.

Starting a new job

Read more about getting work experience

Do you have a job in mind? Or are you thinking about your options? Getting work experience can give your career a real boost. Employers really value work experience. It gives hard evidence that you can do the job. Unpaid work experience counts just as much as paid. It’s a great way of getting new skills and it looks good on your CV.

Work experience


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