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Looking for work?

Finding the job of your dreams can be very difficult and let’s face it, finding any job in the current climate can be equally challenging.

There are a number of ways you can help yourself.  Gain experience through volunteering and keep your knowledge up to date with training and personal development.  Review your CV – is it appropriate for the jobs you are applying for? Is it clear and concise with no spelling mistakes?  Many organisations will not accept a CV when jobs have been advertised – take the time to fill in any application forms.

In England, careers advice for adults is provided through the Next Step service.

The Next Step service consists of 3 channels:

  • a web based information service –
  • a national telephone helpline on 0800 100 900
  • A face to face service managed in the North East by CfBT Education Trust.  This channel is available to all clients aged 19+ and 18+ if they are a customer of Jobcentre Plus.

In the North East the service is delivered in over 500 outreach locations, as well as on employers’ premises.

To arrange a Careers Interview with a Next Step adviser call 0800 100 900 and ask to arrange a face to face session.

For all other queries contact

Careers Advice for young people aged 13-19 is provided at:

  • web based information service from Direct Gov – Careers Advice for Young People
  • A targeted face to face service provided locally through the Children and Young People’s Services at Durham County Council.

Life Coach Directory which was set-up in order to raise awareness of coaching and to enable people to find the most suitable qualified coach for their needs. Coaching is the process of guiding a person from where they are to where they want to be, and can address a range of areas from career advice to family coaching. Contact for more details.