Find a job
Where should I look for a job? What support can the Skills Launchpad offer?
There are many reasons why you might be looking for a new job right now. You may be feeling uncertain about your future, you may be at risk of redundancy, experiencing changing circumstances or leaving further or higher education. You may have decided to change direction as a result of lockdown where you have had time to think about alternatives.
Covid-19 has changed the way we live and work with growing uncertainty on how this will affect us individually, as communities and as a city.
The great news is that there are jobs available right now in Plymouth.
By identifying your transferable skills and adapting your job seeking and online skills, you could open new doors and consider up-skilling or retraining opportunities to put you in the best position for new employment. Through the Skills Launchpad we aim to help local people find out about the skills they may need to apply for and fill current jobs locally, and also look provide you with a place to learn about Plymouth’s future jobs, which will be created as our local businesses work hard to recover and the city’s investment programme takes effect.
Find advice and guidance here:
Understanding the changing jobs market
Speak to a careers advisor
Call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 for help to identify skills that could be useful in a range of different roles.
The good news is that there’s a wealth of job sites out there where you can search for jobs, register online for alerts about jobs that you may be interested in applying for and some give you the option to upload your CV to be matched.
Find a Job is the Government’s Job search site, you can follow @JCPinPlymouth on Twitter for sharing jobs, events, job search and careers advice for Plymouth.
On Job Help you will find lists of the national recruitment exercises that are underway to fill vacancies across a wide range of sectors, including the NHS, care, retail, food production and logistics.
The imployable App helps you build your digital CV, identify the career you want, see how you fit and what you need to break into that career. You can get access to the qualifications and experience you need, and once you are ready you can use the inbuilt job board to apply for jobs that suit you. The app is packed with coaching videos and support features for job seekers.
Other job sites includes:
Local job news, websites and support
Plymouth Jobs is the largest jobs listing board and Facebook jobs page in Plymouth, focusing on advertising the best local jobs and opportunities.
Plymouth Live latest news about jobs.
Local employers and links to job websites
Sector specific job websites
There are job sites which focus on particular sectors where you can search for specific jobs, register online for alerts about jobs that you may be interested in applying for and some give you the option to upload your CV to be matched.
Construction Talent Retention Scheme - if you are a construction worker you are encouraged to sign up which will aim to match you with vacancies
Finding graduate and intern jobs
All careers are built up in steps and this page on Target Jobs covers the first stages in choosing a graduate career and seeking out your first job after graduation.
It’s all about getting ideas about jobs by knowing your career options, exploring your skills and understanding your motivation, and then, of course, knowing where to look for graduate opportunities. Dip in, whatever stage you’re at.
Even if you feel you’re up against a wall having left graduate job hunting and career plans a little late or are struggling to find your next step due to the economic impact of Covid-19, covering the basics is the best way to boost your confidence and get back on track.
If you have recently graduated, you can find opportunities on these graduate specific job sites.
Finding jobs for military service leavers and veterans
These websites promote the wide support available for finding ex forces jobs and careers advice, with job opportunities from employers who value ex-military recruitment.
National Careers Service guidance
How to find job vacancies
How to get a job through networking
Recruitment agencies help organisations find the right people to fill their vacancies. They can help you to get full-time, part-time and temporary work.
Recruitment consultants can match you to job roles. Agencies are useful for connecting you with jobs that are not advertised online or in the press.
Some agencies specialise in particular industries, for instance healthcare or engineering. It's worth checking their website first to see what kind of jobs they advertise, then register online and call ahead if you wish to speak with an advisor and to book an appointment.
You can register with more than one agency at a time. This increases your chances of finding a job.