Getting a job (and Self employment)

People sitting at computers wearing headsets
"I was really pleased to get this job. It's only part time and pretty boring, but it's not for ever. I still mean to get qualified one day and improve my prospects."

Finding work can feel like a full time job itself sometimes. If you’re struggling to find work, or just need some pointers, there are places that can help.

You can get help from Young People’s Services at Clarence Street to look for and apply for jobs, training placements and courses, online applications, writing a c.v., preparing for interviews etc. They also have Learning and Work Advisers to help you look at all your options and help make plans for the future. They work with young people 16-18 who are not in education, employment or training, and some other groups depending on their circumstances.

You can look for jobs online at and register for their Universal Jobmatch service if you want to be able to save searches, upload your c.v., log and track applications etc. If you are claiming JSA you will be required by your Jobcentre work coach to register anyway. You will need an email account and will need to keep a record (e.g. in your phone) of your User ID and password.

Other useful sites for job vacancies are and and also and has a useful download about looking for work (search the site for ‘top tips and guidance from the people who recruit’).

You can also get help from the local National Careers Service if you are age 19+ (or 18+ if you are referred by the Jobcentre). Once registered with them you can use their computers for job searching, applications, get help with writing a cv, preparing for interviews etc. They can also talk through your career options with you.

You can use the computers for free for job searching at Young People’s Services at Clarence Street, the National Careers Service or York Explore Library.

York Learning also run short courses in IT and jobsearch to improve your skills in searching and applying for jobs online. They also offer employability courses to help improve your chances of finding work, for example helping you recognise your skills, highlighting these on your c.v., and having a better understanding of what employers are looking for.

Be careful what information you put on a c.v. – especially if you are uploading it to the internet. Your middle name, date of birth and National Insurance number are all personal information that can be used in identify theft and fraud, and are not needed on a c.v. (if you want employers to know how old you are, add your age instead).

For information about disclosing criminal convictions see here, near the bottom of the section. 

Prince’s Trust may help with one-off costs to get you in to work. See here.

Self employment

If you are 18-30, out of work or working part-time, and thinking about starting your own business, The Prince’s Trust may be able to help. Their Enterprise Programme is a 4–step programme of support which teaches about what’s involved in planning and running a business, gives help with writing a business plan and provides an opportunity to receive financial support to get off the ground and a business mentor to help you do it.

If you are currently out of work and thinking of starting up in business, talk to your work coach at Monkgate JobCentre about New Enterprise Allowance which might include financial help and mentoring, and information about government backed start up loans.