Job search tips

We know  searching for a new job can be a full-time job in itself and taking that first step can be daunting. However, this is where the journey to employment begins.

You have got to be in it to win it. This is as true for finding work as it is winning the lottery. If you aren’t looking and applying for job roles then the chances of you gaining employment are much lower.

To help make this process easier, we have put together a guide which provides tips on making your job search as efficient as it can be. We also have a list of websites and apps that are accessible and easy to use.

Job search websites

Using job search websites is the easiest and a convenient way to find out what’s out there. In most cases you will need to register to make an application.

There are thousands of roles advertised on most websites, so it is important to narrow down your search. So, consider the below as you start to look for your next job:

  • If you are not sure what exact role you want but know what sector you want to work in, you can just search that term, for example: for finance related roles just search “finance.”
  • If you want to search multiple roles at once, you can use quotation marks along with and/or. For example, “finance assistant” and “administrative assistant”. Always remember to put each role in quotes, there is also no limit to the roles you can search for using this method.
  • Using filters can narrow the search even more. Filters allow you to specify what jobs you see. For example, filtering by salary will only list the roles which fall within the pay bracket you have set.
  • Choose a location and how far you are willing to travel. Put in your town or city and/or postcode to ensure you only see the jobs which are within travelling distance.
  • Make sure your results are up to date. To avoid seeing posts that are months old, ensure you set the results to only show the “most recent”.
  • Setting up job alerts / email alerts is a fantastic way of finding out about roles as soon as they go live. Set up the alert for the jobs you are interested in using the tips above then decide how often you want to receive updates.


We have also put together a list of useful websites to help you with your job search. Look through these and see which ones list the type of jobs you are looking for, or simply get a bit of inspiration by seeing what is being advertised locally to you.

Job search apps

Another option is using job search apps. These offer a good way to job search on the go. These can be downloaded on app store on iOS and Play store on Android. What makes apps great is you can do everything that you can on the website plus more.

You can register on the apps, upload a CV, job search without a lot of hassle. All the apps have a similar layout, so once you familiarise yourself with one, the others are easier to use. One great feature is you have the capability to save a job / put a job in the basket, which you can look at again on the website and complete.

  • Reed
  • Totaljobs
  • Jobsite Jobs
  • Indeed
  • CV-Library
  • Monster Job search
  • Charity Jobs
  • Glass door
  • LinkedIn

Get in contact with us

If you want any advice on getting started with your job search, or have any questions relating to this content, please contact the employment team on:

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