I am looking for a job

There are lots of places to look for a job. In this section we have provided a range of information, tips and advice to help you with your job search, including a section on the different types of industry in Exeter to help you see what opportunities are out there. There are also some other helpful resources to help with things like; writing an application letter, putting your CV together, preparing for an interview.

You’ll also find some inspiration in the news section to help you with your job search.

Where do I look for a job?


Job Centre / National Careers Service


Recruitment Agencies




How can I prepare for applications and interviews?


Where could I work?


Can I get a job that also offers training?


Where do I look for a job?

There are several different ways that you can start your job search, we have split these out into different sections where there is a lot of information.

The JobCentre provides services to help with job search, and the National Careers Service will help you to plan your next steps and think about any training or development that you might need to help you land your dream job.

You might already know the type of job that you want to do, and we have created a directory of recruitment agencies that are in Exeter so you can quickly find the ones that will be of most use to you.
And of course there is no harm in approaching a business directly to see if they have any vacancies.

Job Centre Help / National Careers Service
Recruitment Agencies

Job Centre / National Careers Service

Jobhelp Is a new website on GOV.UK for jobseekers providing

  • hints and tips on applying for jobs
  • advice and support on improving skills
  • jobs search help

Go to jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk to find out more

Use the free Find a job service (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Go to www.gov.uk/jobsearchrights to:

  • search 1000’s of job vacancies
  • create up to date CV’s to give you the best chance of making a good first impression with an employer
  • match your CV to the jobs you want and send it direct to the employer

National Careers Service

We provide free personalised information, advice and guidance to help you get into work or progress in your career. We do this by helping you:

  • Explore your career options
  • Understand the local job market
  • Develop or enhance your CV
  • Search and apply for local jobs
  • Identify local opportunities including volunteering
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Apply for training and online learning
  • Build your confidence.

The National Careers Service website offers online tools such as skills assessments to match your skills to jobs that might suit you, as well as a careers advice section with advice on CVs and interview techniques and how to look for jobs.

Our careers advisers can help you plan for your future, be more confident about your skills and more prepared to deal with changes you can’t predict.

To speak to a qualified careers adviser, call our helpline on 0800 100 900 open 10am-8pm 7 days a week or use our webchat service on our website: nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Recruitment Agencies

How do you choose the right recruitment agency to work with?

A lot of agencies will specialise in the type of businesses and jobs that they work with, you can use our listing below to find an agency that can help you with the type of job that you would like to do.

Local Generalists (Independents)

Generalists (Nationals with Exeter offices)

Health & Social Care / Nursing




Construction & Built Environment

IT / Tech






Where to start?! All you have to do is search ‘jobs in Exeter’ to be faced with a lot of different websites.
We’ve worked with our partners, and especially JobCentre to suggest some of the best websites to use when you are looking for a job in Exeter.

Generalist Websites

Specialist Websites

Exeter Specific Job Search Sites

How can I prepare for applications and interviews?

Head on over to our ‘Top Tips’ section for the most up to date advice on how to apply for jobs – what makes the perfect CV, application letter or form, and how to prepare for interviews.

Sector-based Work Academy Programme

JobCentre Plus can also help you to prepare for work. The ‘Sector-based Work Academy Programme’ is to help people who are ready to start a job, and need support to learn the skills and behaviours that employers in particular industries look for. Placements are designed to help claimants build confidence to improve their job prospects and enhance their CV, whilst helping employers in sectors with current local vacancies to fill them.

Placements last up to 6 weeks and offer claimants training and work experience in a particular industry or area of work, for example retail, care, hospitality. The type of SWAP on offer will vary according to the local labour market. Placements are built around genuine current vacancies and consist of 3 elements:

  • pre-employment training (PET)
  • work experience placement (WEP)
  • guaranteed job interview (GJI): including apprenticeships with employers in the sector

To find out more about what is available in Exeter, please contact leon.searle@dwp.gov.uk at the Jobcentre in Exeter.

Where could I work?

There are lots of great job opportunities and lots of brilliant businesses in Exeter. The City has a varied and resilient economy, with lots of different types of businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Exeter is home to the Met Office, Devon County and Exeter City Councils and a major hospital. The University and College also provide a lot of employment opportunities – not just in education, but also in support services.

Our construction sector continues to flourish, and with the ongoing growth ambitions for the city, skilled labour in a wide range of roles will be required in the forthcoming years.

The number of businesses in the Digital and Tech industries continues to grow, with a number of new businesses starting up during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Science Park acts as a focal point for a lot of these types of business, and as more space is provided on that site, more businesses will start up and grow in the area.

Exeter is also a centre for a lot of solicitors, accountants and other businesses in the professional services, these tend to be located in and around the city centre, and often have a wide variety of roles and training programmes on offer.

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Professional Services
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Can I get a job that also offers training?

Yes! There are lots of job opportunities that will also offer training as part of the role.

Apprenticeships are one of the main ways to access a job with training. They don’t have an age limit and you can even study for a degree whilst employed under the Apprenticeship programme. Take a look at our Apprenticeships section to find out more, and see the latest vacancies in Exeter.

Always ask about the training opportunities when you are applying or being interviewed for a job. A lot of employers have training programmes that you can access, or will be able to access funding for training.