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How do you find a job?

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There are 5 ways workers can find employment 
Job Centre: At the Job and Benefit’s Office local employers advertise current job vacancies free of charge   -  Updated daily. 
Recruitment agencies By registering with recruitment agencies, workers can be contacted about different jobs that suit their skills. Workers should check that they are applying to registered agencies with the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) or licensed agencies (Gang Master Licence –GLA) to avoid exploitation.

Newspapers. The local weekly newspapers are the Lurgan Mail (Wednesday) and the Portadown Times.(Friday).  Each paper has its own ‘situations vacant’ where many local jobs are advertised. Also regional papers such as the Belfast Telegraph (Fridays) Sunday Life, (Sundays), Irish News, (Thursdays) and Newsletter, (Thursday). 

Internet: There are a number of websites that publish jobs. These include:             

Work at Home: For example by registering with the Northern Ireland Childminding Association (NICMA) Workers can become childminders and work from home.  Tel 028 9181 1015                      


Application process

Most recruitment agencies and some employers will ask you to send them a CV (Curriculum Vitae), which is your employment and education history. Your CV should be factual and concise and should be targeted to the job you want to do.

Many employers will expect you to complete an application form, which you would normally obtain direct from the employer, although some organizations now have online application systems.

When applying for a job look at the Job Description to see if the job is something you would like to do and you have the skills, experience and education required to do the job. You should also look at the Person Specification to see if your skills, experience and knowledge match the criteria for the job.

You should also, where possible, provide the names of two people (known as referees) such as former employers who will be willing to give you a reference if the potential employer asks for references.

If the potential employer is interested in your application, you may be asked to attend an interview.

In the UK the interview is very important. You should arrive on time, be appropriately dressed for the business context, and be prepared to answer their questions.

If you are successful you will be contacted by the employer, usually by letter. It is important that you ask for any job offer to be in writing as the letter forms part of your contract of employment.