Looking for work?
We aim to be a fairly comprehensive site for advice and tips
on how to go about looking for work in the UK.
When you are out of work and looking for a job, you don't become a "jobseeker" and nothing else. Unemployment can be dehumanising. But you are a person, not a benefits scrounger.
Who we are
John experienced unemployment from both sides of the fence. He was out of work for a long period in the 1990s and then worked in the welfare-to-work sector. He claims no other expertise. He has collaborated on this site with a number of other people with specialist knowledge. We cover job search, application forms, CVs and interviews.
Thoughtful contributions are welcome from anyone; just use the contact form and they may be added to the blog.
We've tried to cover the basics; searching for work, application forms, CVs and interviews. People may disagree with us on some matters. Opinions vary. But it worked for us.
Coping with unemployment
Everybody's circumstances are different, so it's difficult to offer comprehensive advice. But there are some things which you must keep in mind.
- YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB. Some people find their identity in the work that they do, and when they are suddenly made redundant they feel that they are no longer members of society. The psychological pressures have increased in recent years as sections of the media have targeted the "workshy". Try not to let this get to you. You are a person, not a jobseeker.
- Sort out the money. You have to live within your means, and if you once go into debt, getting out of it is nearly impossible. Sit down and work out on paper your income and your expenditure. Then look at what you can cut from your spending. Some things will have to go. Get practical advice if necessary, from the CAB or from free debt counselling services. If you have children, don't try to hide the situation from them.