WorkSearch Hub : Where to Search for Work
Searching for Work...
There are lots of places you can search for work so don't just look in one place!
Below we've listed lots of the ways you can search for work, the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and useful relevant links...
- You can very easily search for current job roles in a certain distance from where you are,
- It's quick and easy to create an account and put your profile and CV online for employers to see,
- You can often search a wide range of job roles and apply through the site,
- Recruiters often check these sites and you can get on their books this way,
- If you have a specialised skill set, it is easy to make this stand out.
- Employers receive hundreds of applications through job sites this way so it’s hard to stand out,
- Some Job sites double up or advertise positions that have already been filled in order to boost their online presence.
Websites you can use:
- Universal Job Match: The government run job site. It has probably the best coverage of entry-level jobs and features many opportunities not listed elsewhere.
- Indeed UK: The UK's largest job 'metasite'. It displays job listings from numerous other job boards allowing you to access up to 70% of online job ads from one place.
- Reed: Similar to Indeed you can search for jobs and often apply with your CV through the site.
- Get My First Job: You can search for jobs, apprenticeships, and traineeships in your local area.
Company Websites - direct applications
- This is great if you know exactly what companies you want to apply to,
- Going directly through the applications on the website can show that you are really enthusiastic about joining that specific company,
- Fewer applicants come through this route so you are more likely to stand out.
- Smaller companies won't advertise on their website (in these cases they may advertise in the local press so keep an eye out),
- You will have to register for each company separately so it can take longer to apply for a number of roles.
Friends and family
Make sure your friends and family know that you are job hunting AND that they know how good you are. Don’t reject contacts that you make, you never know when they might be in a position to help you.
- Hearing about an opportunity through family or friends is a great way to find a job. You may hear about something that hasn't been publicly advertised yet!
- By having a personal reference for your application it is often taken more seriously. But don't think you can simply get a job this way; you will have to go through the application process as well!
- Some family and friends may be unreliable and forget to put you in touch with relevant people,
- This method depends so much on timing and partly luck, so do not make it your only source of opportunities.
Add people who work in the company or industry that you want to work in. This can be a great way of raising your profile with a variety of companies and organisations.
- There are 130 million members worldwide and growing on LinkedIn, so you can use it to connect with people from lots of different industries and companies,
- It has its own job matching service and sends you alerts when relevant vacancies appear.
- Don't forget that employers may look at your LinkedIn profile as part of an application so make sure you present yourself as professional and capable!
- You can follow people like Job Centre Plus, Reed, and local businesses that will likely share when they have a job role available.
- Some companies even have specific Twitter and Facebook pages specifically for jobs, so it's worth having a look around.
- Remember, companies may be able to see what you share on social media when reviewing your application - so make sure you're always respectful on social media and aren't inappropriate!
- You may find posts from a few weeks or months ago where a role has closed - make sure to check dates on any posted job listings!
- These are usually free to join, as the agent only takes a fee when they have placed you in a job.
- Above all this means that you aren't job hunting on your own, as you have someone to help you search.
- The agency may have access to more opportunities than you because they will have connections with employers and businesses.
- You can join more than one agency at the same time to find the most opportunties.
- Recruitment fees are usually 'taken out' of your salary if you get a job through them, meaning your salary will be lower than it could be if you had applied to the role individually - but this should not be a large discrepancy!
- There is no guarantee that they will find you something and they will likely have quite a few others on their books.
- You need to stay in touch and follow up regularly to make sure they're looking for you.
- Meeting people face-to-face means you can introduce yourself and make a good impression.
- You may meet someone who knows of a job role that would be suited to you, or someone who could give you a new opportunity.
- It's nice to meet others in your sector and get a feel for what the industry is like!
- It's not likely you'll meet someone who's happy to offer you a job there and then, and you might not even find any opportunities through word of mouth.