There are lots of different ways to find a job. The more ways you try, the better chance you have of being successful.
Find a job online
Most people use the internet to search for jobs. Here are some useful sites to try:
- Jobshop Sussex @Sussex Downs
- Brighton and Hove Jobs com
- Universal Job Match (Jobcentre Plus)
- 1066 Jobs
- The Guardian – jobs
If you don’t have the internet access at home, you can use the computers for free at your or local library. Find your nearest library at East Sussex County Council – find your local library
You can find jobs at East Sussex County Council at ESCC – jobs
Local and national newspapers
Employers often advertise job vacancies in local or national newspaper. Newspapers will also give you ideas of where to send speculative letters and CVs – this is where you approach an employer you’re interested in working for, even if they are not advertising a vacancy.
Some local newspapers that advertise jobs include:
Ask people you know and use social media
If you are at school or college, ask your tutor for ideas on where to send your CV. Many schools and colleges have links with employers, who might ask them to recommend students for specific jobs.
Let your friends, family and neighbours know you are looking for work and ask them to keep an eye out for you.
You can also use LinkedIn to find the people working in the organisations you would like to work for. There are also job adverts and may be a way to make contact with influential people and see what jobs you would love to do in the future.
Here are some tips for setting up your profile
If you are emailing people, make sure you have a sensible email address! Also stay safe online
Or you can use a traditional approach and if you know someone who is doing a job you’d love to try, why not see if you can meet for coffee and get some advice?
Voluntary work is where you do unpaid work for an employer. It’s a great way of trying out different careers and getting useful experience to put on your CV. You may also be lucky enough to be offered a job.
Employers also like people who have been doing volunteering and you will have more to talk about in interviews and applications.
Find out more about volunteering
Temping and recruitment agencies
Nowadays more and more jobs are available on a temporary basis or through recruitment agencies.
It's a good idea to register with a few agencies so that you don't miss out on the chance to apply for these jobs.
Here is a list of some good agencies that offer local jobs:
You can always try searching for a job using at your local Jobcentre Plus office. They have vacancies advertised and staff on hand who can offer advice and assist with making applications and arrange interviews.
Help for the unemployed in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne, to overcome the barriers to work through a flexible and personalised package of support.
Contact 01424 555810 for more details.
Do you live in Eastbourne?
Eastbourne Jobs Hub can help you search and apply for local jobs vacancies, access careers advice, apprenticeships or volunteering and works in partnership with LoveEastbourneJobs.com
They are available face-to-face, on the phone and on the web and are available for all ages to guide you and give you information including,
- help with your CV and application forms
- where to look for work
- details about how to start a business
- how to volunteer
- training or education advice
Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL
The opening times are:
Monday to Wednesday 10am - 4.30pm
Thursday 10am - 6.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Direct line: 01323 464548 Twitter@EBJobsHub
Do you live in Hastings?
Hastings Works is the high street marketplace for employment and skills, bringing together local people, local employers and local organisations providing skills and support.
They provide free advice and practical support for people including
•CV and application form advice
•Training and apprenticeships advice
•Desk space with internet, printer and telephone
•Jobs board and jobs brokerage with local employers
Contact a Careers Service adviser
There are no longer Connexions centres or Connexions personal advisers in East Sussex.
If you are aged between 13 and 19 and would like careers advice, information and support, you can contact a careers service adviser from the National Careers Service. They are on hand 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm. You can talk to them in confidence over the telephone, by text, email or webchat:
Freephone: 0800 100 900
Text: 07766 413 219
Textphone: 08000 968 336
If you call from a landline the call is free. If you call from a mobile you will be charged, but an adviser will call you straight back.
Find out what's on offer at school
Schools have a a duty to provide independent careers guidance for pupils in years 9 to 11. This guidance should:
- be impartial
- include information on the full range of post-16 education or training options, including Apprenticeships, and
- promote the best interests of pupils.