The majority of people receiving unemployment benefits in the UK are doing their utmost to find work, but it can be difficult to break into a career path when your skills or qualifications may be limited or you face other barriers in your life. Fortunately the government is constantly working to improve its facilities for helping people move from the UK welfare system to paid work. As someone currently claiming JSA (Job Seeker’s Allowance), there are many things you can do to help yourself make progress.
Firstly, you need to get all the support you can from your local job centre, which you will most likely be attending on a regular basis already. At Jobcentre Plus, the government’s main partner in helping unemployed people in the UK, you can investigate all the avenues available to you and get personal advice from your work coach. One of the main things they will ensure you’re comfortable with is searching for jobs, primarily online using services such as Universal Jobmatch, the government’s official careers search engine. There are many more places to look for job opportunities both online and offline, which you will be able to learn more about at your assigned Jobcentre Plus. (more…)