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In many ways, it’s now easier to search for work than ever – the internet means you don’t even have to leave the house to search for employment anywhere in the UK, even overseas.

Jobs are still hard to find in some parts of Wales, however, and you might benefit from some help, especially if you are trying to get back into work after a period of unemployment.

Starting your job hunt

All Welsh cities and most large towns have Jobcentre Plus offices, where you can get extra help to look for work, including writing your CV and interview practice. 

Universal Jobmatch enables you to search thousands of jobs across the UK. You don’t have to register but if you do, you can post your CV, get help with cover letters and be matched to jobs which fit your qualifications, skills and interests. You must be registered to apply for jobs.

Many recruitment agencies have high street offices where you can drop in for advice. Some deal with specific industries, professions or skills, for example, IT professionals, teachers, health and care workers, office staff, catering, etc. Remember, agencies often encourage applicants to register with them even when there is no immediate suitable vacancy, so do keep looking elsewhere.

Many trades journals, magazines and newspapers carry specialist recruitment advertisements.

Local jobs with small employers

Remember not all jobs are advertised widely so ask around. Independent shops, pubs and factories often put up notices in their windows so keep your eyes open.

Career advice

Careers Wales offers free guidance about careers and training opportunities no matter what your age or situation.

Working Wales offers people specific advice and guidance with job hunting, training and funding opportunities. Tel: 0800 028 4844 or contact an adviser online.

Government employment schemes

For under 25s, the Young Person’s Guarantee offers support to get back into education or training, find a job or become self-employed.

Jobs Growth Wales gives young people aged between 16 and 18 the skills, qualifications and experience they need to get a job or further training.

There is plenty of up-to-date and detailed advice about employment and training on Working Wales and information about work-related benefits on

Looking for work when you are disabled has advice and information about support available to help people with a disability or long-term health condition find employment. Your local Jobcentre can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability-friendly employers in your area. Find your local Jobcentre Plus.

It’s perfectly possible to do an apprenticeship with a disability. To find out more visit

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:

  • talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
  • get extra help from Access to Work, including mental health support

Your employer must make certain changes (known as ‘reasonable adjustments’) to make sure you’re not substantially disadvantaged when doing your job. These could include changing your working hours or providing equipment to help you do your job.

You should talk to your employer about reasonable adjustments before you apply for Access to Work.


RFEA and Hire a Hero advertise jobs where the employers are specifically looking to employ former Armed Forces personnel. They can also help with careers advice and CV writing and job hunting ideas.

Older workers

Age Cymru offers advice to older job hunters, including updating your CV, changing careers and using employment agencies.


It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of disability, age or because you are caring for someone. This includes indirect discrimination, for example, insisting on interviewing you in an upstairs room when you are a wheelchair user and there is no lift.

Remember, potential employers can only legally ask about your health or disability if:

  • the job has certain necessary requirements that couldn’t be met with reasonable adjustments
  • they are asking so they can arrange help for you at an interview (or selection process)
  • their intention is to recruit a disabled person

For more information on your rights, visit

Citizens Advice website also has a good section about Disability Discrimination.

If you think you have been discriminated against because of your age, health or disability or caring responsibilities, contact ACAS for advice.

Last updated: 21/04/2023