Getting a job

How to find a job

There are lots of different ways to find job opportunities in and around Northamptonshire.

  • The National Careers Service offers advice and tips for looking for job, networking and recruitment agencies
  • Bright Futures gives you fresh insight into career, training and apprenticeship opportunities available in Northamptonshire
  • Careers Gateway brings together thousands of useful links for finding out about careers and higher education choices
  • Employment4Students support students in Northampton looking for part time jobs over the summer, Christmas, Easter holidays or during term time

Applying for a job

When you are applying for a job you are essentially selling yourself to potential employers. First impressions really count and so you need to make sure that you present yourself well from the outset. This applies to both a job application and an interview.

  • writing CVs and cover letters – this will be a potential employer’s first impression of you and needs to be professional and represent certain skills matching the job you are applying for
  • help with application forms – some jobs require you to complete an application form and this can be daunting. It is useful to get practice on how to complete these forms as they will ask similar questions
  • job interview – this can be a scary experience, but you need to set a good first impression in terms of dress, being prepared, getting to know the business and staying calm
  • getting work experience – if you are looking to work in a specific sector, it may help you to complete some work experience. This is unpaid but it can help you learn certain skills. Many young people end up working for a company they have done work experience with after setting a good first impression
  • job clubs regular job clubs take place in several libraries across the county. Anyone is welcome to drop in or book an appointment to see a trained careers advisor​

Contracts of employment

Your employer normally has an obligation to provide you with a written statement of the terms and conditions of your employment within about 2 months of your start date. This usually forms your contract of employment, and can be quite long and full of legal wording, but it is needed as it sets out your and your employer's duties, rights, responsibilities and conditions.

GOV.UK has more information on understanding a contract and what your rights are.

Zero hours contracts

A zero hours contract is a contract between an employer and a worker where:

  • your employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours
  • you are not obliged to accept any work offered

Zero hours contracts have been given a bad reputation but there are times where they are useful: they can give you lots of flexibility about where and when you work; e.g. if you are studying and you sometimes need time to concentrate on your college or university. 

It can be difficult to budget on a zero hours contract as you have no guarantee of work or income, which can be especially difficult if you are dependent upon it as your only source of income. The law prevents employers from enforcing 'exclusivity clauses' in a zero hours contract. This means you could have a zero hours contract with more than one employer.



Top tip: don’t wait for jobs to be advertised! Estimates suggest that around 80% of vacancies are never publicised. Send your CV and a covering letter directly to the HR manager of the company you are interested in, outlining your skills and experience. [Source: Jobsite



Northamptonshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

about 19 hours ago

Over the next few days we will be sharing quotes from some of the older children in care and the difference their foster carers have made to them. Co...

View on Facebook

Northamptonshire Shared Lives service for vulnerable adults rated outstanding

View on Facebook

Timeline Photos

Our fostering and adoption information evening is tonight at 6.30pm. If you have been thinking about adoption or fostering please come along and find ...

View on Facebook

Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals and can offer expert clinical advice on many minor ailments. Find your nearest pharmacy: www.nhs.u...

View on Facebook

Video: Every day across the UK, around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren’t enough organ donors. And curre...

View on Facebook

We are continuing our campaign to find foster carers for the many older children waiting for homes in our county. Older children need help to organis...

View on Facebook
17/02/2017 15:57
22/12/2016 09:10
test highways news release
31/08/2016 22:00
Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet will next month (September 6th) discuss plans to add an additional 105 new places at Wollaston Community Primary School.
31/08/2016 22:00
This summer’s Women’s Tour was watched by a record-breaking 80,000 people in Northamptonshire – 12,500 more than last year.
© Northamptonshire County Council 2016