When job searching, it’s very easy to get into the habit of only using the same website to look for jobs. Although you’re still going to find jobs that way, it’s not maximising your job searching. By using many different job searching websites you’ll come across more individual jobs, and so will be more likely to find the job that you want in less time. Make sure that you’re regularly using all of the job searching websites listed below.
Lots of people sign up to LinkedIn, add their CV and their connections….and then forget about it. A lot of people don’t realise it, but LinkedIn is a powerful tool for finding a job. You’re putting yourself out there, but you can also receive potential jobs from other employers on there. The endorsing feature also means that real people you’re connected with can endorse you for skills you actually have, which means that employers can see that you really can do what you say you can.
If you’re claiming any sort of unemployment benefit, then you’ll be familiar with Universal Jobmatch, which allows you to communicate with your advisor and receive regular job searching suggestions from them. Even if you don’t claim benefits then you can still use this simple, easy-to-navigate website that allows you to search by location, job title, or relevant skills.
Reed is another great job searching website that has a variety of different filters to allow you search for specific job roles. As well as job searching, Reed also allows you to browse through a whole selection of different courses that will enhance your skills for your next job.
A lot of people use Gumtree, but not always for jobs. Although primarily a selling and buying website, Gumtree also has a job posting section, where local jobs can be found in a variety of different sectors. There’s also a community section and a services section, which can both give you a good idea of what sorts of services and potential job roles are available in your area. Gumtree is particularly useful for jobs that have a less formal recruitment process, such as construction and sales.
Monster, like many other job searching websites, allows you to upload your CV to let employers source you out, as well as the other way round. However, it also features a lot of free resources to help you with the whole job searching process, and provides two free online communities (one for graduates and one for the public sector) to help match you up to the right job.
Indeed is another great job searching website that contains a whole host of different jobs. It’s incredibly simple to use, and by creating your own account it becomes even quicker. You can sort your job searching results by both relevance and date, which can be really useful if you’re trying to keep everything organised.
CV Library is quite similar to Reed, in that it’s more ‘hub of knowledge’ than just a job searching website. You can upload your CV, and then browse jobs by location, industry, or company. CV Library also offers job searching resources, training course to improve skills, and promotes a different employer each month.
Fish4Jobs is a great job searching website that is particularly easy to use on a mobile or tablet. They feature lots of different companies and also provide direct access to their different media partners, such as local newspapers. As well as careers advice, Fish4Jobs also provide career events listings to help you search for jobs locally.
Individual organisation websites:
Not all job searching has to be done via job searching websites – if you know what company you want to work for then you can also search for jobs directly on their websites. For large companies such as the NHS, local councils and government-based operations then this can be a good way to job search as there will often be lots of vacancies. Most websites have a vacancies section on their websites, so make sure to keep checking back.
Your local newspaper:
Strictly speaking, this isn’t a job searching website, but it is an effective way to find a job. Newspapers feature a variety of different local jobs, which can generally be found both in the newspaper itself, and on their website. Jobcentre Plus and other careers-related organisations often have the local newspapers to hand, and so you don’t even have to pay for them.
You don’t have to be using all of these websites and methods every single day – just try to mix it up a bit when you can. Chances are you’ll stumble across that job you’ve been looking for once you break the habit, and you’ll be one step closer to getting the career that you’ve always wanted.