How to find a job
Places to look for jobs, organisations that can help and ways to let employers find you.
It can be difficult finding your first job, especially in today's tough market. That's why you need to use a variety of different approaches to track down the opportunity of your dreams. The more different ways you try, the more likely you are to be successful.
Look on our website
Every week we search the internet for local vacancies that are suitable for young people and post them on this website. These jobs are open to everyone.
View jobs for young people in Luton
Also, take a look at the Connexions jobs board. Here you can find job vacancies from employers who have contacted us and asked us to help them find a young person to fill the role. You must be aged 19 or under and living in Luton to apply for these jobs.
View the Connexions jobs board
Look in local papers
Try looking in local papers like the Luton News, Herald & Post and Luton & Dunstable Express. These are often good places to find jobs that are local and don't require lots of qualifications or experience.
Visit Jobcentre Plus
You can search the Jobcentre Plus online database or, if you need extra help, visit the centre and their advisers can help you look for work. You can also get advice on benefits and Job Seeker's Allowance.Jobcentre Plus
Tel: 01582 744 000
Visit Connexions Luton
Connexions Luton has a database of jobs that have been specially selected for young people. You can view the Connexions jobs board on our website or you can go to the centre and look at the jobs on the PC or in the folder there.
If you need extra help with your job search you can talk to a Connexions adviser as long as you are aged 19 or under and living in Luton.Connexions
8 Cresta House
12 Alma Street
Tel: 01582 548 340
Register with jobs websites
There are lots of websites that make it easy to search for exactly the type of job you're looking for. You can enter different criteria - such as location, salary and skills - and they will show you all the jobs that match your search.
A lot of these websites let you sign up for email alerts that notify you when the type of job you're looking for comes up.
Some sites also let you upload your CV so that employers can look at it and get in touch if you match what they're looking for.
Some good job websites to try are:
If you have more qualifications and experience, try Guardian Jobs – they tend to focus on higher level jobs in specialist areas like media, marketing, education and social care.
The Luton Borough Council jobs site is another good place to look.
Sign up with recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies try to match people looking for work with companies that need staff. They are a good way to get temporary work which can sometimes lead to a permanent position – and even if it doesn't you will still have gained some valuable experience to put on your CV.
When you sign up they will ask you to bring in your CV (so that they can send it to employers) and may also ask you to sit some basic tests to check your skills in things like Word and Excel.
To find local agencies, search Yell.com for recruitment agencies in Luton.
Make speculative applications
A 'speculative' or 'prospective' application is where you write to a company that isn't advertising any vacancies saying you are interested in working for them. You send your CV and covering letter and ask them to keep your details on file for any future positions that come up.
To make the most of this approach, don't send the same version of your CV and covering letter to hundreds of companies. Do some research about each one (look at their website, previous job adverts or talk to someone who already works there) and try to tailor your application to emphasise the skills and experience they value most.
In your covering letter you should say why you want to work for their company and be enthusiastic about their service or products – employers want to hire people who are passionate about working for them.
Find out the name of the person you should send your letter or email to (check their website or give them a call) so that your application ends up on the desk of the person with the power to hire you.
For more information, see Monster: How do I make a prospective application?
Ask friends and family
Talk to friends and family and tell them you are looking for work. They may know about jobs that haven't been advertised or they can ask their employer to bear you in mind for future vacancies.
This can be a good way get a job as companies like to employ people they know something about. If your friend or relative is a good employee, they will assume you are a similar type of person and you will have an automatic advantage.
Good luck with your job hunting!