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Looking For Work

If you’re looking for work, thinking about returning to work, or want to change your career, there is help available. It may be a long time since you went through the process of looking for a job, filling in application forms and attending interviews. You may also find it useful to read our articles on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and age discrimination.

Where To Find Work

If you’re out of work, whether it’s voluntarily or through redundancy, it can take time to find another job, regardless of your age. However, your wealth of experience in the workplace is highly valuable and you can use your knowledge and skills to find employment. Apprenticeships are now available that are aimed at older people.

Local support available

Newcastle Futures works with other organisations across the city to help and support unemployed people to get the right training or employment. They meet with people to talk about finding training, employment, volunteering and a host of other opportunities.

The National Careers Service provides careers advice and information to people of all ages. You can access free support online, over the telephone and face to face. They provide free resources such as

  • a CV builder
  • a Skills Health Check to help you to identify your skills, strengths and gaps
  • a Lifelong Learning Account which provides clear information and advice on skills, careers and financial support

Jobcentre Plus can help you to find a job, get back in to work, or set up your own business.

The Skills Hub offers a one-stop shop for support with training, career and job advice. Based on the ground floor at City Library, anyone can access this free service for help to access employment and training.


There are now more opportunities for older people to learn new skills through apprenticeships. has more information on apprenticeships and help and support for older workers.


Local and national newspapers carry job adverts, usually on a particular day of the week. Most newspapers also have a website on which job adverts will be updated more regularly.

The internet is a good way of getting details of many vacancies. If you don’t have access to the internet at home, you may be able to get free use of a computer at your local library, where there may also be someone to help if you are not familiar with using the internet. The following websites advertise job vacancies. Some of them are specifically for people aged over 50 years old.

You can use these websites to search for a particular type of job in locations local to you, and you can specify things like range of salary, and whether you want to work full or part-time.

It is worth remembering that 73% of employers do not advertise vacancies externally. They advertise internally by using existing staff or people who have used a speculative approach and the employer has kept them on file. Try sending your CV with a covering letter to employers that you have an interest in working for, even if they are not currently advertising a vacancy.

Improving Your Job Prospects

If you’re unemployed or thinking about a change of career, it’s a good time to review your experience and Curriculum Vitae (CV). Think about the skills you have to offer and if you need some extra training for the job you want.

Updating your CV

Most employers will send you an application form rather than asking you to send them your CV. You may also be sent a person specification setting out what skills and experience the employer is looking for. You should make sure you use this to emphasise your most relevant skills and experience, including those gained outside paid employment if they are relevant to the job.

If you are applying to a variety of employers, you may wish to send them a CV. You will have to focus on different points for different applications to make sure that your CV is as relevant as possible to the job that you are applying for. There are organisations that can help you to update your CV, or to write one for the first time listed on this page.

Improving your skills

If you are looking for work and you feel that your skills need updating, or that you would benefit from learning new ones, there are several ways to do this. Adult education courses, specific work training, and volunteering are all ways of improving your job prospects.

Education and Training

You’re never too old to study, whether it’s purely for enjoyment or to learn new skills to help you to get into work. See our section on Lifelong learning for details of the different organisations that provide learning opportunities from basic English and maths to information technology and business management courses.


If you are looking to get back into paid work or maybe to change your career, volunteering is an excellent way to gain valuable skills and experience in your chosen field. See our section on Volunteering for further information and useful contacts.

If you look after someone

If you are looking after someone and want to combine paid work with your caring responsibilities, there is a variety of help available from your local Jobcentre Plus. This can include replacement care and benefits advice. For further information about Work Focused Support for Carers, visit the or contact your local Jobcentre Plus office. Click here to find your local office.

Other Useful Organisations

Smart Works is a no-cost clothing, styling and coaching service for women who have been invited to a job interview. Clients visit  for a two-hour appointment where they are styled by a dressing team. They take away a full outfit for their interview (theirs to keep). Following this, they undertake a 1:1 coaching session with an experienced coach.

Suit-Ability supports unemployed men get back to work, by providing free suitable clothing for interviews, and one-to-one support to help them feel more confident to succeed.

Remploy is a provider of employment services and employment to people with disabilities and complex barriers to work. They are committed to providing sustainable work opportunities for those who need it most – making a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities.

JET (Jobs Education and Training) specialise in working with the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities across Newcastle to provide support into training and employment. This is done through one to one support from an experienced, qualified advisor who can help with your CV, job search, application forms or finding work experience or training opportunities. JET is also a provider of the National Careers Service, which is available to all.

Changing Lives North of Tyne can help people who have a neurological condition to get involved in activities in their communities and prepare for work. They can offer tailored individual or group support. This support can be long or short term depending on the person’s needs and interests.

Newcastle United Foundation run community football matches on Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm at SoccerWorld for unemployed people, refugees and migrants aged 18 to 29 years. It includes an employability support drop in.

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Last updated: January 17, 2020

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