Looking for a job at any stage of your life can be very
challenging, whether you have just left education, been made
redundant, or are looking for a career change, but there are
sources of help available to you to give you the best possible
chance of success.
"I believe there is work out there, not necessarily in the
profession you want, but there are basic jobs that everyone can do
if you want to. I think you have to be as active as you can when
you are looking for work and do your best to integrate into the
system..." Read Belete's story.
Libraries are an excellent resource for those looking for
employment. We are free to use, and as well as holding lots of
books that could help you in your hunt for a job, we have a lot of
other resources available too.
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South London Jobs and Careers
We can offer you a free internet connection from your laptop or
other device – please see our Wi-fi page for further information
about how to get connected. Wi-fi is available at North Kensington,
Brompton, Chelsea and Kensington Central libraries.
Free access to computers and the internet
Access to the internet is essential for job seekers, as many
jobs are now advertised and applied for online. You can also write,
upload and distribute your CV electronically. The libraries have
computers which are free to use for all library members.
Please see our People’s Network page for more information, also
our list of computer
training in the borough.
Quiet place to study and read
Being unemployed sometimes means that you feel you are stuck at
home all day, or if you live in a busy household it can be hard to
find time and space to work. Libraries are a free, peaceful space
for everyone: you can come here to read the paper, do some
research, study, and apply for jobs.
Reference library e-resources
The Reference Library subscribes to lots of online resources
that you can access from anywhere. If you want to research a
company before applying for a role or going for an interview, find
out about industry competitors, or company information, then
Mint UK our
online business tool, is perfect for you. We also have an online
database of national newspaper articles (UK Newsstand), as well as
the online Oxford English Dictionary and Encyclopaedia
Reference library printed resources
We have copies of prospectuses and directories of useful
information about grants and funding, as well as market research,
company information and company history to help you shine at
Careers advice sessions
National Careers Service advice sessions
There are free careers advice sessions available at Kensington
Central and Chelsea Libraries.
Newspapers and magazines
List of periodicals available in the
Most newspapers have job sections advertising the latest roles
available, and trade magazines will also have pages just for vacant
positions.The library service has a variety of magazines and
newspapers to browse.
Careers and job seeking book
Search our catalogue
All libraries hold a selection of books that can offer you some
help getting started with your job search.Tips about writing a CV
and application forms, guides to performing well at job interviews,
information about different industries and professions and advice
about working or studying abroad and volunteering.