Applying for Jobs

Are you thinking of starting a part-time job or going straight into employment after school? There's a lot of advice out there to help you search and apply for good jobs.

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Searching for jobs can be a time-consuming exercise. It can be frustrating too. It's not often that your dream job will land in your lap the first time you go looking for it. With a bit of patience though, you can find jobs that will take you on the path you want to go.

There are two main ways you can go about looking for a job:

(a) Search job vacancies online

There are many websites that allow you to search and apply for jobs. We've included links to the best below:

For any type of job in Scotland:
For jobs in local government:
For jobs in the health sector:
For jobs in the charity/voluntary sector: 
For jobs in the arts:

(b) Contact employers

Sometimes an employer you'd like to work for won't be advertising any vacancies. But that doesn't necessarily mean they won't have a job for you, now or in the future.

There's no harm in contacting them, expressing your interest, and sending a copy of your CV. Even if they don't have any jobs available right now, there's every chance they'll bear you in mind for the future.

For more advice on this, visit My World of Work.


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My World of Work, the website of Scotland's careers service, has loads of good advice on finding and applying for jobs:

  • For advice on preparing for job interviews, see My Interview.


  • For information about different careers and links to current opportunities, see Careers Advice.

  • For activities that will help you match your personality and interests with job ideas, see A Job for Me.