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Looking for a job

People looking for a job can start by searching a database of jobs held by Jobcentre Plus.

In addition there is a separate database of jobs in Northern Ireland. has advice on how to apply for jobs, including filling in an application form or writing a CV - which an adviser at your local Jobcentre Plus office can also help with.

In addition, there are websites for specific parts of the UK.

Careers Scotland has advice on finding a job, dealing with redundancy and links to Scotland-specific jobs sites.

Next Steps, in England has advice including where to look for funding for courses to learn new skills.

Careers Wales has bi-lingual advice on all these things, too, plus help for jobseekers under 19.

People who find themselves unemployed for more than six monthsmay be eligible for further help from the government. But this depends on your circumstances and where in the UK you live.

Finally, the charity Credit Action has produced an excellent guide to facing up to redundancy. It advises you not to panic and to take time to assess what kind of work you would like to do.

It also suggests using contacts to get work. But it warns against rushing out immediately after you are made redundant - this can be counter-productive if you are in an emotional state.

Organisations such as the samamaritans >can offer help and advice if the emotional impact of being made redundant gets too much.