Finding a job can be hard, but there’s lots of help out there for you.
What kind of job?
Firstly you need to decide what type of work you want to do.
Do your homework and find out whether you have the skills to do the different jobs that you have in mind. Also, find out the sort of pay and hours of work you can expect with that job.
If you are physically disabled, check out the physical access to the premises where you will be working.
You will also need to decide if you want to work full-time or if it is a part-time or seasonal job that you are after.
If you’re looking for a part-time or Saturday job you can ask your friends and neighbours if they know of any jobs available. You can also look in local shop windows and newspapers, or on school and college notice boards, to see if anything suitable is being advertised.
Help finding full time work
If you’re looking for full time work then the following people can help:
If you’re over 16 your local Connexions Centre will be able to tell you what jobs are available in your area. To find the your nearest centre look in the Local Services section of this site.
Many local centres have their own websites that let you search for work in that area online.
New Deal was created to help unemployed people, between the ages of 18 and 25, back into work. To join New Deal for Young People you need to have been unemployed and receiving benefits for six months.
Once on New Deal, an adviser will work with you to find out which opportunities suit you best.
These include self-employment, voluntary work, going back to full-time education or training or subsidised work. Call them on 0845 606 2626.
If you are a disabled young person and want to go into work, you are entitled to exactly the same job opportunities as anyone else.
If you feel that you have been unfairly discriminated against, you should report it straight away, as the law is there to help and protect you.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has lots of information to help you if you feel you are being discriminated against.
Who can help?
There are plenty of job sites on the Internet that let you search for vacancies. These sites let you search by location, by type of job or by salary. Some of the biggest sites are:
You can also visit the Jobs4U careers database at www.connexions-direct.com/jobs4u/ for more ideas of the careers and jobs out there.
The BBC’s Webwise site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/getting-a-job-online also has some useful information on getting a job online.
Remploy Interwork is the specialist recruitment division of Remploy Ltd, the UK’s largest provider of jobs for disabled people. The whole Remploy site is packed with helpful advice and information and can be found at http://www.remploy.co.uk/
The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) www.base-uk.org is the national trade association representing agencies involved in securing employment for people with disabilities.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission can give you more information about your rights in work and training.