What is a Job Shop?
A Job Shop is a support service for residents of the borough with all aspects of finding work.
Do I need to pay to use the Job Shop?
No, our service is completely free.
Can the Job Shop help me?
The Job Shop can help you if:
- You live in Barking and Dagenham
- You are unemployed or working 16 hours or less
- You are not in full time education
Will I receive one to one support?
Yes, when you register with us, you will be assigned a Job Broker that will support you through your job searching process.
Do you provide training courses?
The Job Shop can send you on training courses if we feel it will help you. We can signpost you to our partner organisations if we cannot provide the training you need.
I do not live in Barking and Dagenham, can you still help me?
Unfortunately, we can't help you. Please check the website of your local authority, they may offer similar services.
I am not working but not claiming any benefits either, can the Job Shops help me?
Yes, it does not matter that you are not claiming any benefits. We particularly want to support people returning to work after a gap, whether that was because of childcare or another reason.
Why do I need to register?
Because we provide one-to-one job search advice, job seekers need to complete a registration process and provide evidence of their eligibility to work.
Can the Job Shop help me to prepare a CV?
Yes, our qualified Job Brokers can give you all the advice and support you need to produce a high quality CV.
Can the Job Shop help me to fill in an application form?
Yes, our qualified Job Brokers can give you practical advice and guidance to complete job applications.
This may include finding out what employers are looking for, understanding job descriptions and writing supporting statements.
Can you help me prepare for an interview?
Yes, we offer interview skills training to all our clients and we can even offer a mock interview in the days running up to your interview.
This can help you prepare for the day so you are ready to answer difficult questions and make the very best impression.
I don't have regular access to a computer; can I use the computers at the Job Shop?
Yes, we have public computers at the Barking Job Shop and Dagenham Job Shop.
However, our computers are for job searching use only and during busy times you may be limited to 2 hours use.
I am working full time but would like to change career path, can you help me?
If you are underemployed in part-time or low skilled work, returning to work after a career break or are facing redundancy, then yes we can help you.