Your comprehensive guide to job searching

At Paragon Skills we are committed to giving you the tools and resources you need to be successful in your job hunt, because we recognise how important a fruitful job search is. To assist you on your journey, scroll down the page to find a host of advice, information, references, and links. 

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Finding opportunities

Job Search Engines

In the UK, some of the most well-known job search engines are Indeed, Reed, Totaljobs, and LinkedIn. You can start your employment hunt on these websites.  Use relevant keywords and geographic details to focus your search.

Career Fairs and Networking Events

Get personalised careers advice and information from the Governments National Careers Service website These can offer beneficial chances to personally meet potential employers. Do your homework on upcoming local events. Search UK Careers Fairs & Events By Month n the Youth Employment UK website.


List Of UK Careers Fairs And Events

Find an apprenticeship

Register your profile, search vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship – you must be 16 or over.


Find an apprenticeship

Applying for Jobs


Your CV is often the first thing potential employers will see, so it’s important to make a good impression. We’ve created a CV Template to guide you in creating a strong CV. Remember, always tailor your CV to each specific job you apply for, highlighting the most relevant skills and experiences.

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Cover Letters

A well-crafted cover letter can help you stand out from the crowd. It should provide more in-depth information about your skills and experiences, and explain why you’re a good fit for the job. Here’s a Cover Letter Template to help you get started.

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What the government offers to support your job search

Here are some of the key resources:

National Careers Service

This service offers free, professional advice on choosing or changing careers, job searching, and applications. They also offer skills tests, course searches, and job profiles with details about different job roles, salary expectations, and skills required.

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Find an apprenticeship

Register your profile, search vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship – you must be 16 or over.


Find an apprenticeship

Find a job

Previously Universal Jobmatch –  This is a government job advertising site that lets you search for work in the UK based on industry, salary, contract type, hours, and more. 


Find a job

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Tips for a successful job search 

Tailor Your Application: Don’t send the same CV and cover letter to every job you apply for. Tailor each one to the specific job listing, highlighting how your skills and experiences make you a good fit for that particular role. 

Follow Up: If you haven’t heard back after a week or two, don’t be afraid to follow up with the employer. A quick email or phone call can show that you’re genuinely interested in the job. 

Stay Organised: Keep track of jobs you’ve applied for, follow-ups, and any responses you’ve received. This can help you stay on top of your job search and ensure you don’t miss any opportunities. 

Remember, job searching can take time and patience. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a response right away. Keep applying, refining your CV and cover letter, and networking as much as possible. Your persistence will pay off. 

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