How and where to get help for the unemployed in the UK

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How and where to get help for the unemployed in the UK
Job Centres provide help for the unemployed. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Unemployment is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. It can have an impact on your finances and economic position, make you feel unproductive and knock your confidence and self-esteem. Most people want to find employment quickly. when they are out of work. Even in these tough economic times, finding employment is still possible and there are many resources and channels available to help people back into work.

Universal Jobmatch service

Use the Department for Work and Pension's Universal Jobmatch service, which is free online service that helps people look for and apply for jobs. It is open to everyone looking for employment regardless of whether or not they are claiming a benefit. The service matches jobseekers to jobs based on their skills and CV. It also allows you to see what alternative jobs are available in the local area if you can't find jobs in your chosen profession.

Jobcentre Plus

You can also visit or contact your local Jobcentre Plus for help. Jobcentre Plus advisers will assess your individual circumstances and needs. They will then offer the support they think most appropriate, including advice and guidance on how to find work.

Learn direct

Learn direct is one of the UK’s leading online learning providers. It has teamed up with a job search organisation called Monster to support people who are looking for work. It helps people look for jobs, produce CVs and prepare for interviews. The service also tries to help people improve their qualifications in basic skills such as IT, maths and English to enhance job prospects.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is another useful service that can help the unemployed find work. It provides a summary of where to search for jobs. This includes advice on using the internet to find work and how to get the best out of recruitment websites. The NCS provides a guide on how to use other offline resources, such as newspapers and trade magazines. The service also offers advice on how to network effectively to help you find unadvertised jobs, get inside information on jobs and career opportunities and build contacts who could help you find work.

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