Looking for a job
This page talks about the main things to consider when looking for a job in an organisation that provides healthcare.
Our career planning section also has more information on finding jobs, job applications and interviews.
If you decide to look for a job, find out:
- what training there will be (some employers offer structured training programmes and apprenticeships)
- what opportunities there are for progression
- whether you can gain qualifications through assessment in the workplace, or through part-time study or distance learning
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NHS Jobs is the online recruitment service for the NHS in England and Wales and most NHS organisations advertise their jobs there. The website allows you to search for jobs in organisations that provide NHS healthcare based on keyword, location, job group etc. You can register to receive job alerts by email.
Vacancies in health may also be advertised:
- in local and national newspapers
- in health-related journals (although these tend to be for experienced workers)
- at recruitment agencies and through online recruitment sites
- on employer websites and noticeboards
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When you’ve found a suitable vacancy:
- read the information about the job very carefully
- read the questions on the application form
- make sure that you match what they are looking for in the person specification for the job
- take your time to complete the form
- make sure that you emphasise what makes you suitable for the work
- mention any experience you have that will show your commitment and understanding of the work
- check your details and ask someone else to read it through
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If you are invited for an interview:
- find out as much as you can about the employer, the role and the people who’ll be interviewing you if you’re given their names in advance
- take time to prepare, eg check out in advance where the interview will be held, decide what you are going to wear and what you will take with you
- think about the type of questions you may be asked and prepare some ideas to answer them
- listen to the questions carefully and take your time when answering
- take the opportunity to ask questions at the end
Be aware that as part of the recruitment process, you may be asked to take aptitude tests. You are likely to have a health assessment and criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
If you’re applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you’ll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. Find out more about NHS values.
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Getting a permanent job is not the only way to work in the NHS. You can gain valuable experience by taking a temporary contract or considering temporary ‘bank’ work.
NHS Professionals (NHSP) is the leading provider of temporary workers for the NHS. They work in partnership with NHS trusts to manage temporary staffing banks on their behalf.