The first hurdle that a job hunter faces is where to actually start looking for jobs. We know a lot about jobs and where they can be found, so to help you out with this first step we have put together a list of the 6 top places we think are the best to look for jobs:
1. Online Job Boards
Job boards are often the first port of call on any job search and there are always a number of great opportunities advertised on there. Here are the job boards that we recommend looking for jobs on:
CV Library.co.uk – CV-Library is one of the UK’s leading independent job sites. Candidates are able to apply directly to over 125,000 live vacancies from across the UK, covering over 70 different sectors.
Monster.co.uk – The worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities.
Reed.co.uk – A top UK job site that features vacancies from over 25,000 recruiters a year, including private and public sector employers, leading recruitment agencies and consultants from Reed’s network of 350 offices across the UK, and around the world.
TotalJobs.com – One of the UK’s leading jobs boards, attracting around 6 million job seekers every month on the hunt for one of 110,000 live job ads the site carries at any one time.
All of these job boards now have free apps making it even easier for you to browse and apply for jobs even when you are busy or on the move.
2. Company Websites
If you already have a particular company in mind then take a look at the careers section on their website. If you do not see any available opportunities advertised there it is still worth sending your CV and a covering letter to the company speculatively. You never know, they might be looking for someone with your skills and experience.
3. Recruiter Websites
You should consider the numerous opportunities that recruiters have to offer when you are looking for jobs. If you work in a specialist industry then find out who the specialist recruiters are. If you are a graduate, it’s worth discovering which recruiters work with graduate roles, we recommend taking a look at The Complete University Guide’s graduate recruiters list.
4. Friends and Family
The companies where your friends and family members work may have some opportunities that are of interest to you and the good news is they’ll be able to give you a sparkling recommendation! A surprisingly large number of new hires are still found through word of mouth, so it is definitely a good idea to ask around.
5. Social Media
You would be surprised by the vast amount of jobs, advice and company information that you can find on social media. We recommend liking/following pages of specific companies or recruitment agencies that share jobs and tips that are relevant to you. LinkedIn in particular is a great place to be found by recruiters or employers who may well approach you with opportunities after visiting your profile. LinkedIn also advertises and suggests jobs that you may be interested in.
6. University Careers Sites
If you are a recent graduate then take a look at what opportunities your university careers site have advertised. Careers services also usually offer their graduates free help with applications and CVs so it is worth taking advantage of this.
If you are looking for jobs in these places then you will succeed in finding your next opportunity in no time.
Good luck job seekers!