Knowing the right places to look for vacancies can make finding a job that much easier.

The National Apprenticeship Service

Register with the the Government's Find an apprenticeship service to search for opportunities and apply on-line.

Local Press

Job and Apprenticeship vacancies are printed in the Evening Chronicle/Jobs North East, published every Thursday/Friday.

You might be able to find suitable job vacancies in The Journal (every Friday), The Sunderland Echo and The Shields Gazette (on Wednesdays) and the Sunday Sun (every week). Check their websites for vacancies.

You can find copies of the newspapers in your local library or Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus offers help to people looking for work or training and information about benefits to people of working age.

Call Jobcentre Plus on Telephone 0800 169 0190 for information about job vacancies, applications and interviews. The service is available to anyone who is looking for work between 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. Calls are charged at local rates.

People who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment and access to a textphone can call Textphone 0800 169 0314.

Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment agencies (or employment agencies) can help you find either temporary or permanent work. You might be employed by the agency rather than by the company you are placed with. Registering with an employment agency could increase your chances of finding a job.

The internet

Many websites advertise job vacancies. Some of these are specialist websites or those of employment agencies. You may be able to upload a copy of your CV or complete an on-line application and some websites will e-mail you with details of suitable vacancies.

Some employers, and professional and trade organisations publish vacancy information on their own websites. Some employers promote employment opportunities on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

When you're filling in an on-line application form, take as much trouble with your spelling and accuracy as you would when completing a paper application.

Shop windows and noticeboards

Vacancies for part-time and casual vacancies are sometimes displayed in shop windows or shopping centre noticeboards. Supermarkets will usually advertise vacancies on their own in-store noticeboards.

Jobs which aren't advertised ('hidden' vacancies)

At least half of all job vacancies are not advertised anywhere. Companies advertise internally on notice boards or they take on people who have already contacted them. You need to do some hunting to find out what’s on offer.

You can contact employers direct who might be able to offer you the sort of work or training you are looking for. If you can find out who is the best person to speak to, call them or send a speculative letter.

Ask friends and family to let you know about vacancies that are advertised where they work.

Find out which companies do the sort of work that interests you by looking in the Yellow Pages or business directories which you can find in your local library.

If you're sending a CV or an application form in an A4 envelope, remember to use the correct 'Large Letter' stamp, or have it checked and weighed at a Post Office. Employers may choose not to pay the excess postage levied by Royal Mail on underpaid items, so your application might not get the chance to be considered.