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.

Find information on services, organisations and resources that may be able to help you with your job search. The services listed are by no means comprehensive. For a fuller list please download our job seeking resources factsheet:

RNIB employment services

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
  • Courses to boost your confidence and get practical advice, information and resources
  • support in 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.

RNIB Helpline:
0303 123 9999
[email protected]

Sightline Directory

Sightline Directory 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 Directory.

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 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 our job vacancies 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.

Employment agencies

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

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.

Disability Confident scheme

Some employers are signed up to the Disability Confident scheme. The scheme is designed to help employers recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. Find out more about this scheme, as well as a list of employers who are signed up to it. 

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.

Other useful services

Jobcentre Plus

Telephone: 0845 6060 234
Jobcentre Plus website


Telephone (jobseekers): 0845 601 5878
Remploy website
Email: [email protected]
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.

VI Sector jobs

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.

Technology Association of Visually Impaired People

Telephone: 0845 430 8627
Technology Association of Visually Impaired People website
Email: [email protected]

Technology Association of Visually Impaired People (TAVIP) 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 as the British Computer Association of the Blind, they are the oldest computer association for Visually Impaired people in the world and in recent times have transitioned and re-branded to TAVIP, The Technology Association of Visually Impaired People.

Social Services

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.


Telephone: 01777 705299 
Visionary website
Email [email protected]  

Visionary is a membership organisation for local sight loss charities - sometimes known as local societies or associations for blind and partially sighted people. They have lots of information and advice and practical solutions to living with sight loss. Local societies offer a diverse range of services that can include employment support, training and emotional support. The RNIB helpline (0303 123 9999 or email [email protected]) can put you in touch with your local society, who will be able to offer practical support via the range of services on offer in your area.

Useful websites

JobServe website
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.

For a more comprehensive list please see our Job seeking resources factsheet.

More information

For more information and advice to help you in your job search, download our looking for work factsheet: