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I need help with finding work

Where do I look for a job?

Looking for work

If you're looking for a job but don't know where to start, then the information here will help you to identify where to look.

States of Guernsey supported

The Job Centre website holds local vacancies and it is possible to search in a range of categories. If you are registered as unemployed, you should be able to get extra support from Job Centre staff if you need it.

For information about jobs within the States of Guernsey itself, follow the 'Working for your Island' link in this section. There are a range of careers covered including Police, Education, Health and Civil Service jobs.

Careers Guernsey has its own Job Vacancy section and although this is in the main aimed at those recently leaving education there are occasionally vacancies suitable for others held. Check the section out here

Local media and websites

The Guernsey Press publishes jobs on a daily basis and it's worth checking this every day. If you miss a day, you can search for jobs online although not all may be listed. There are a few other local sites which offer job searches, but in the main these will be linked to recruitment agencies and often each site will hold a certain amount of duplicate jobs.

Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment Agencies can be a useful aid to finding work, particularly if you have experience or qualifications that are in demand. If you are considering using the services of an agency, it's worthwhile speaking to two or three different ones and checking which employment sectors they deal with and whether they have employment opportunities at a level that matches with your skills and experience.

Other ways of job hunting

Many jobs in Guernsey still don't get advertised. Often 'word of mouth' from friends or family can lead to finding out about a vacancy before it gets advertised. The other way of catching a vacancy early is by sending a speculative CV and letter to companies who may be able to offer what you are looking for. If you are going to do this, try and find out some information about the organisations first and get the name of a contact in HR so that you personalise things a little bit more.

If you are in need of more support with your job hunting, a Careers Adviser can give you help on an individual basis. Contact us Here if you wish to arrange this.

I keep being turned down for jobs

Unsuccessful applications

If you keep being turned down for jobs you need to try and pinpoint where things are going wrong. If you rarely or never get to interview stage with your job applications, it could be because of one of two reasons.

Is the job a realistic choice for you?

If you are applying for jobs that require certain skills, qualifications or experience you need to question whether you meet the requirements. Although it is good to aim high, if you are missing a key part of what an employer is looking for then it will be very difficult to to get to interview. Compare your skills and qualifications honestly with the requirements of the job and see if you're lacking in a particular area. If you are, it may be possible for you to acquire what's missing in order to give yourself a fighting chance. Have a look through some of the other sections of this site for ways of gaining skills and qualifications.

Applications and CVs

If you are confident that you have the right skills, qualifications and experience for the job but still don't get to interview then you need to look at your applications. If most of the jobs you apply for have asked for a CV, this is the first thing to check. Have a look at the 'Writing a CV' guide in this section to check that what you are sending to employers shows you and your skills in the best light possible. You need to make sure that there is enough relevant information in the CV to enable the person selecting to make an informed decision about you. Some application forms invite you to give reasons why you are suitable for the job. Make sure you provide evidence to support your application- e.g. if communication skills are desired, then give specific examples of how you have used this skill in the past.

Unsuccessful interviews

If you are getting a reasonable ratio of interviews to applications but are not getting past the final stage, then you may not be coming across as well as you would want at interview. Sometimes you can be unfortunate and come up against strong competition, but If something is going wrong at interview it's important that you find out what it is. If you are not successful, try and get some feedback as to why you haven't got the job. Many companies will be happy to give you constructive feedback and this will help you to do better next time.

If you have not applied for a job for a while, you may just be rusty or lacking in confidence a little. Good preparation can help with this- go through some of the information on interview tips in this section.

If you feel you would benefit from speaking to a Careers Adviser about interview tips and techniques, then please contact us to arrange this.