These days, being unemployed and looking for work is often described as the hardest job of all, thanks mainly to the fact that competition for suitable positions can be tough. If you’re unemployed, you’re probably under a lot of financial pressure too – which doesn’t help.

The good news is there’s lots you can do to improve your chances of finding work and to make your job search less of a daunting prospect.

The following help sheet gives practical tips on finding a new job, as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.