A CITIZENS advice group in the district have released their top tips for finding a new job as a survey shows one in five residents are looking to change work in January.

Maldon & District Citizens Advice helped 400 people with an employment problem last year.

Almost half of the issues they dealt with were to do with employment and references for new jobs.

As a result, the service have released their top tips for finding the right job and handing in your notice.

Bureau manager, Lucy Bettley said: “Changing jobs is often top of people’s to-do list in January, but some can trip up because they don’t have the right paperwork.

“It’s really important to get your references lined up and to pass any other checks that are required before handing in your notice.

“Otherwise, you could run the risk of having your job offer withdrawn and your current employer may not be in a position to rehire you.

“For further advice on moving jobs, or any other employment problem, people should visit our website or contact us.”

The service recommends doing your homework prior to applying for a job, and making sure what they are offering matches your needs and priorities.

It is also important to get references lined up in advance. They say it is best to tell your employer you’ve been offered another job and ask them if they would be happy to provide a reference, if not you could ask your new manager if they will accept a previous employer.

Citizens Advice are also on hand to help if your employer reacts badly to you leaving.

Ms Bettley said: “Most employers will handle your resignation sensibly, but Citizens Advice has heard reports where rogue bosses sack someone soon after they resign. “If this happens, contact your Citizens Advice service who can help you navigate this process.”

Drop in sessions are available at the council offices in Princes Road, Maldon, at Station House, in Station Approach, Burnham, and in Southminster Library in Queensborough Road.

For more information, visit citizensadvice.org.uk or call 01621 875774.