Job hunting

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It could be a while since you last had to look for a job and go through the application and interview process. Here’s a guide to finding those job opportunities.


Local and national newspapers carry job adverts, sometimes on a particular day of the week. Most of them also have a website on which job adverts will be updated more regularly.

Searching on the internet

The internet is a good way of accessing details of many vacancies. If you do not have the internet at home, you may be able to get free access at your local library. Where to start:

You can use these websites to search for a particular type of job in locations local to you. You can specify things like salary range and whether you want to work full or part time.

Jobcentre Plus Your local Jobcentre Plus office will have a range of information about finding work, self-employment and training.

You can also search the Jobcentre Plus database of vacancies on the internet at at your local Jobcentre Plus office or by calling the Jobseeker Direct phone line, 0845 60 60 234 (lo-call rate), textphone 0845 6055 255 (lo-call rate).

Staying with your current employer

You may want to continue working, but with some changes to your current job, for example a different role, reduced hours, or more flexibility over your working arrangements.

If you discuss this with your employer, you should emphasise the benefits to the organisation such as retaining your skills and experience or avoiding the cost of recruiting a replacement.

If you are a carer for an adult (a partner, relative or someone else you live with), your employer has a duty to consider your request for flexible working and to give you reasons if they refuse it.

‘The reason I want to work is … I’m 60, I’m still fit and I’m just not ready for the scrapheap yet. It’s as simple as that.’

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