Job search resources
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.
Internet job boards
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.
Approaching employers directly
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.
Trade publications and websites
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.
Jobcentre Plus Telephone Jobsearch
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.
Disability friendly employers
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.
The five commitments
Employers who use the disability symbol make five commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness.
These commitments are:
- to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
- to discuss with disabled employees, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
- to make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
- to take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
- to review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.
Ask at your local Jobcentre for information about employers in your area who have been awarded the disability symbol.
Business Disability Forum
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 and Action for Blind People
RNIB Helpline is the gateway to a whole range of services that can help with your job search, including:
- referral to an employment specialist
- welfare rights - advice about your entitlements to benefits and concessions
- work experience placements and job tasters
- jobs skills training – including CV workshops and interview techniques
- pre-employment programmes
- confidence building workshops
- access technology and IT training
- mobility training
- one to one mentoring
- job search support
- advice on setting up your own business
- Emotional Support Telephone Service - confidential support for people with emotional difficulties due to sight loss.
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.
Other useful services
British Computer Association of the Blind
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.
Job search toolkit
- Module one: Who am I?
- Module two: Making yourself more marketable
- Module three: Cracking the interview code
- Module four: Facts at your fingertips
- Module five: Overcoming obstacles.
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