JobCentre is a UK-based employment service. While they have a number of different tasks, they are most famously known for helping the unemployed find jobs. Part of that involves not only helping them search and land a job interview, but also providing them with potential funds until they are able to find work. JobCentre has embraced the digital age. They work with a number of businesses located throughout all of the United Kingdom. They’ve created a unique system, the Labour Market System. JobCentre can be a great resource for anyone that is struggling to find a job, but for new applicants it can also be very intimidating to use. Fortunately, JobCentre has created an easy-to-use, user-friendly website, which offers a number of benefits for anyone struggling to find employment.
1 - Making a profile lets the user upload up to 5 CVs and cover letters. These can be saved and easily sent out once the applicant finds a job listing that suits them.
2 - Applicants can make their profile searchable online. This allows employers to find their profiles when they’re looking for employees with specific skills.
3 - Creating a profile allows the user to make customized job searches which can be saved for easy access.
4 - Even if users don’t want to make an account, they’re still encouraged to go to the website since they will be able to view the job boards.
The Application Process
The application process is very straightforward. All the user has to do is read the job description and then click on the apply button. This will either let them upload any of their saved information, or bring them to the employer’s website to directly apply there. If there is no apply button, there should be some means of applying somewhere in the job description. Typically, this will be a phone number or email address. After applying, that profile will no longer have the option of applying for that job, preventing users from accidentally applying to the same job twice. After applying, employers are only going to see whatever information was recorded at the time. Any CV updates after the fact will not be seen by them.
The activity history section includes any jobs that the user has applied for. This section is very useful, because it will also tell users whether or not their application has been viewed by the company. This is also where users can save specific job searches.
These are just some of the tips that JobCentre has for applicants that are just getting used to the site. More information, including specifics about setting up a profile, can be found online at the Official JobCentre website.
History of JobCentre
JobCentre Plus is an executive branch that works alongside the UK Department for Work and Pensions. The group has been rebranded many times since it was first formed as far back as the 1970s. JobCentre was inspired by Winston Churchill and William Beveridge. They spent most of their political careers pushing for some sort of reform in the labour market. Beveridge had been pushing for an unemployment system dating back as far as the 1900s, leading to the creation of the Labour Exchange Bill. This was a very basic bill, but it did set the groundwork for the unemployment plans that are put in place throughout the United Kingdom today.
There were a few small changes made throughout that time, but it wasn’t until 1973 where there was a big change. This was when the Department of Employment opened up JobCentre. They wanted to create a system that didn’t just pay people who weren’t working. Many critics argued that the system encouraged people to stay out of work. Today, one of the roles of JobCentre is to provide a job-seeker’s allowance; they’re better known for helping the unemployed find work. JobCentre wasn’t even responsible for unemployment benefits until the ‘90s, when they merged with the Unemployment Benefits Office.
During the mid 2000s, JobCentre saw another reform. They were given a bigger budget and were able to set up more offices throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, their system became more efficient, thanks to the internet. JobCentre was able to communicate with more employment branches online. In 2007, they reported helping an estimated 700,000 people find employment. The website received a major overhaul in 2012. They abandoned their old system and set up a new one, Universal Jobmatch.
The site was originally met with some controversy. There was a fear that scammers could set up fake business accounts and convince applicants to give out sensitive information. In response, Universal Jobmatch updated the site. They didn’t allow anyone who asked for personal details, and even warned users against giving out any information. They were more rigorous with screening outside sources, and a couple of other changes were made to make the site more user-friendly, and thus easier for applicants to get help from JobCentre. Overall, the website was a huge hit. As of 2015, it is UK’s most visited job recruitment site, boasting an estimated million viewers every week.
In 2011, JobCentre ceased to be an executive agency. This caused some confusion, as the wording was unclear and seemed to indicate that JobCentre was no more. What actually happened was JobCentre merged with the Department for Work and Pensions. Even though they are no longer an agency, the brand name was kept, since that’s what most people were already familiar with. They’re still performing the same tasks as well; they’re just working with a much larger department.