Investigating job leads is a crucial skill in looking for employment. In order to be successful at finding a range of vacancies you will need to use a variety of methods.
This section contains a list of services, organisations and resources that may be able to help you with your job search. The services listed on this page are by no means comprehensive. For a fuller list please read the following factsheet.
Job boards like Total Jobs, Guardian Jobs and Jobs Go Public are some of the best ways to easily find job vacancies. Job search engines such as www.indeed.co.uk can also help by searching multiple job boards at once. Most printed job opportunities appear online, alongside many more that are only available via job boards. Most websites allow you to upload a copy of your CV and covering letter. This makes applying for vacancies very easy, but you should remember to tailor your CV and covering letter to each vacancy in order to maximise your chances of getting an interview.
A full list of internet job boards can be found in the Job seeking resources factsheet.
If you can identify a specific employer that you would like to work for then you should approach them directly as only a very small proportion of jobs are advertised on job boards. For example, if you wanted to work for RNIB then it would be far better to check the jobs section of RNIB's website than to check online job boards or newspaper adverts.
Newspapers offer a good range of job vacancies, especially at a local level. It may not be possible for you to access printed newspaper vacancies, either through a vision aid or the support of a friend or relative. If this is the case then you should seek advice from your local Jobcentre Plus or the employment agencies in your local area.
Agencies are intermediary services that match jobseekers to vacancies. Once registered with an agency they will match your skills and experience to vacancies that may be appropriate for you. For example, people will use an agency to find temporary administration work.
If you are interested in a career in a specific sector of employment then trade publications and websites can be an excellent resource. For example, if you are interested in pursuing a career in marketing there are numerous publications and websites that specifically list marketing vacancies.
Careers fairs are an excellent way of seeing lots of employers in one day. Careers fairs provide information about job vacancies and how companies plan to recruit for those vacancies.
Jobseeker Direct is a phone service operated by Jobcentre Plus. It aims to keep you in touch with the latest job vacancies. This service is available to anyone who is looking for work, and the lines are open weekdays 8.00am - 6.00pm, and Saturdays 9.00am - 1.00pm. All calls are charged at local rates. Telephone 0845 606 0234 for details. Alternatively, you can use the job search on the GOV.UK website.
There is no certain way to identify specific employers as disability friendly or not. However, if this is an important part of focusing your job search then there are a couple of methods you can use.
The disability symbol is made up of two ticks and the words 'positive about disabled people'. The symbol is displayed on job adverts and application forms. If an employer uses this symbol, it means they are positive about employing disabled people and will be keen to know about your abilities. The symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers in England, Scotland and Wales who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.
Employers who use the disability symbol make five commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness.
These commitments are:
Ask at your local Jobcentre for information about employers in your area who have been awarded the disability symbol.
Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organisation that works towards making it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people.
They have more than twenty years experience of working with public and private sector organisations, formerly as the Employers’ Forum on Disability. Their members employ almost 20 per cent of the UK workforce and, together, they seek to remove the barriers between public and private organisations and disabled people.
A list of their members can be found at the Business Disability Forum website.
RNIB Helpline is the gateway to a whole range of services that can help with your job search, including:
Our UK wide network of employment specialists and advisers can help you with your job search. The exact nature of this support differs from region to region, so you should contact the RNIB Helpline and get a referral to an employment specialist to see what services are available in your area.
Sightline is an online directory of services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people. You can search for services in your area by typing in your town or postcode. Visit Sightline.
Telephone: Call directory enquiries for details of your local office
Jobcentre Plus website
Telephone (jobseekers): 0845 601 5878
Remploy is the UK's largest provider of jobs for disabled people. Remploy's recruitment services are designed to provide employment opportunities to disabled people across all sectors of business and industry.
RNIB job vacancies are posted every two weeks on the VISECTOR email list where there are over three hundred members. You may find it easier to receive job vacancy adverts by email rather than having to browse a web site. Visit the VISECTOR Job Vacancy Advertising Noticeboard for joining details.
The British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB) is a lively community of blind and partially sighted computer users. They offer training, discussion, networking and help to all their members. Established in 1969 they are the oldest computer association for blind and partially sighted people in the world. Membership includes people of all skill levels, interests and abilities.
Telephone: Call directory enquiries for details of your local office.
Social services offer help and assistance with daily living support. This can include rehabilitation and mobility training.
The world's first internet recruitment service. The site works well with Jaws and other screen readers.
Guardian Jobs website
Allows you to browse through a large range of vacancies from across all sectors and professions, search by a number of categories, or register for regular email alerts on relevant vacancies to you.
Jobs Go Public website
Job listing website for public sector vacancies, including charities and local government.
Jobs in Charities website
Details of the latest vacancies in the voluntary sector.
Diversity jobs website
Features vacancies from leading employers who promote diversity, accessibility and equality.
For a more comprehensive list please see our Job seeking resources factsheet.
For more information and advice to help you in your job search, the following factsheet may be of use:
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