Help looking and applying for work
Help with looking for work
If you’re new to jobseeking or have struggled to get work, you might need some guidance to help you find and apply for vacancies. That’s where your work coach comes in.
Your Universal Credit work coach will have regular conversations with you so that they can get to know you. This will help them understand your unique circumstances, so they can tell what types of support will make the biggest difference to your job search.
Your work coach can help you find your way around today’s jobs market. They know which sectors are most likely to have opportunities in your area, and can help identify how your skills and experience could appeal to employers.
If you’re looking for a different role or to get started in a new industry they can direct you to training that could help towards your job goals. Their knowledge and links with local employers could also help you get access to valuable work experience. And they can direct you to expert help from other organisations if that’s the right support for you.
If you’re able to prepare or look for work, you’ll agree a claimant commitment with your work coach that lays out what you’ll do in return for getting Universal Credit. This will reflect your personal circumstances, and will be recorded in your online account. You can also use that account to contact your work coach at any time.
Help with applying for work
When it comes to applying for jobs, your work coach can give you the best possible chance of success. Their support might include:
- showing how to make your CV stand out
- making sure your skills and experience come across in an application form
- arranging practice interviews to help you be your best in the real thing
- helping with some travel and clothing costs
Find out more about how your Universal Credit work coach can help you find work.
Visit the JobHelp website for expert advice on applying for jobs, and tips on how to take your skills to a brand new role.