Jobseeking, Careers and Employment
Whether you are searching for a job, writing your CV, filling in a job application, preparing for an interview or want to update your skills, Tameside Libraries have lots of useful information...and it’s all free!
Looking for Jobs
Newspapers, magazines and websites are important sources of job advertisements.
- Most libraries have newspapers and magazines available - the biggest collection is at Tameside Libraries Information Service covering both local and national vacancies
- Job vacancy websites
Applying for jobs
Stand out from the crowd and get your application noticed. Our resources and services can help you impress potential employees. We provide:
- Information on writing a CV
- Information about filling in application forms
- Free CV and job search workshops in most libraries
- Free use of a PC to write your CV, search for jobs or fill in an online application form
Writing your CV
If you are aged 19 or over, National Careers Service can help you with your CV, interview skills, job applications and much more. Visit one of their free weekly sessions in Libraries to find out more.
CV Help sites:
Need to use a computer?
Many application forms are now available online. Companies may expect a CV to be typed rather than handwritten. We have the resources to help you:
- Computers with full internet access and Microsoft Office software available for public use in all Tameside Libraries
- Scanners are available in some libraries
- Magnification and speech software, trackball mouse devices, large print keyboards are available to make use easier.
Preparing for your interview
It is important to prepare for a job interview to give you a competitive edge over the other candidates. At Tameside Libraries you can:
Research the company, the market and the sector
- Prepare for selection tests
- Learn about interview techniques
- View useful websites
Updating your skills
To make yourself more attractive to prospective employers, you may need to update your skills. Tameside Libraries have information on how you can do this:
- Learn at the library - a variety of computer courses, leisure courses, workshops and learning sessions for adults
- Use of computers for online courses e.g. Learn Direct
- Books to support your studies and help you choose the right course
- Collections of basic skills material—literacy and numeracy
- Information about funding
- Career and business opportunity information
- Details of courses in Tameside and beyond:
- Hotcourses National course directory particularly useful for searching for adult learning learning courses
- Learn Direct Search for Learn Direct courses in your area
- Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College Website for Ashton Sixth form courses who run a range of adult learning courses
- Tameside College Websites for Tameside College giving details of all the courses they run and information about how to apply to study there
- Tameside Council Adult Learning More information about Tameside Council Adult Learning, the courses they have on offer and how to contact them
- Directgov contains lots of useful information about applying for jobs, writing your CV, writing covering letters and much much more. You can also search for jobs from here.
- National Careers Service The new adult careers service helps you to make more effective skills, careers, work and life choices. Includes careers advice, information about training and courses, how to apply for jobs, how to write your CV (also includes CV wizards) and much more.
- Young People on Direct Gov
- Graduate Prospects Graduate careers site with information about courses, careers and job vacancies.
- Cobra (part of Ask about Business) Has lots of useful Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs)
General Employment Advice (Redundancy, Pay, Rights)
- Directgov The Directgov site has lots of information and links to other agencies to help people with a range of employment issues including issues regarding pay, employment rights or redundancy. There are even calculators to determine statutory redundancy entitlement and to work out which benefits you’re entitled to.
- Greater Manchester Pay and Employment Rights Advice Service Provide employment rights advice to vulnerable workers in the Greater Manchester Area. There are lots of useful factsheets to download.
- Directgov The Directgov site has lots of useful links to help people with all sorts of different employment issues whether it be issues regarding pay, employment rights or redundancy, there is lots of information and links to other agencies to help you. There are even calculators to determine statutory redundancy entitlement and to work out which benefits you're entitled to.
- Citizen's Advice Bureau Advice Guide The Citizen's Advice Bureau have a section on their website devoted to issues around tax
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) There is lots of information about all sorts of tax including various calculators
Need more information about jobseeking? Try Ask about Business. Ask about Business is a partnership between eleven library authorities in Greater Manchester, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. Led by Manchester Library and Information Service, Ask about Business provides access to information through libraries to support: pre-start and new businesses; existing business; jobseekers; consumers; inventors; business students.
Ask about Business has access to up to the minute news and business resources so you can:
- Keep yourself informed
- Impress potential employers
- Stand out from the crowd
- Find ways to uncover leads
- Give yourself the competitive edge.
As part of our membership of Ask about Business, we have access to COBRA (The Complete Business Reference Advisor). Cobra can be a useful tool for Jobseekers as it contains hundreds of Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs) which are small business guides and can provide lots of useful information for anyone looking for careers information.
Tameside Libraries members can use Cobra free of charge! Simply follow the link below and follow the instructions on screen to log in using your Library Key Card number. Your Library Key Card number is on the card you were given when you became a member of the library and it begins with 28016.
We also have a range of books covering all aspects of Jobseeking, Careers and Employment. Search our Library Catalogue to find out what we have available.