Help Finding Work

Our Welfare Reform Team can help you to:

  • find work
  • increase your hours at work
  • find training that will improve your chances of getting a job

If you are claiming benefits (including Universal Credit) through Jobcentre Plus, you may be able to get financial support from the Flexible Support Fund. This can pay for things like:

  • training
  • travel
  • childcare costs
  • tools
  • uniforms and clothing for work or job interviews

You will need to ask your Jobcentre Plus work coach for help from the Flexible Support Fund.

The Welfare Reform Team works with a range of partners to help people into work.

Ask around

Asking around is still the most popular way of finding work. You could:

  • Ask your friends and contacts if they know of any jobs going
  • Send a letter and CV to possible employers to ask if they have any job vacancies
  • Do some research on the employer you're writing to
  • Make sure your CV and covering letter highlight your relevant skills, experience or potential
  • If you don't have any direct experience of a particular job or type of work, make sure you mention the experience you do have to show how you could do other jobs
  • Look for jobs on social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and use these websites to raise your own profile.

Newspapers and jobsearch websites

  • The Oxford Mail advertises job vacancies on a Monday, Thursday and Saturday
  • The Oxford Times advertises job vacancies on Thursday
  • Create an online account to get email alerts, save your job searches and upload your CV at Oxford Mail jobs
  • Daily Info advertises local jobs online, and is also published in poster form
  • Create an online account to get email alerts, make and upload your CV with Universal Jobmatch, the government's jobsearch website
  • Download a list of jobsearch websites (PDF)

Recruitment agencies

Some employers use recruitment agencies to fill job vacancies, and registering with one or more agencies may help you to find work:

  • Register with a recruitment agency which offers the kind of work you can do
  • Keep in regular touch with your recruitment agency to ask about vacancies
  • Remind your recruitment agency that you are available and looking for work
  • Download a list of local recruitment agencies (PDF)