Your job search options

Trying to find a job can be an incredibly scary process, especially if you don’t know where to start… and there are so many places to find out about job vacancies. Our list of job search options should help you to find that perfect job.


Finding a job online seems to be the more conventional route for job hunting these days. Most online job sites allow you to search through a range of vacancies, specifying the type of job you are looking for, the level, the salary, the location etc. They also allow you to create a profile and upload your CV onto the site where potential employers and recruiters can then browse and find your CV. You can also register for mail alerts which will help you can keep an eye on any vacancies that become available.

Besides looking on job sites, it’s also worth checking out corporate company websites for available positions.


Many newspapers, both local and national, advertise job vacancies in the classifieds section. Look out as well for special ‘Careers’ supplements.

Recruitment agencies

Recruiters tend to specialise in a particular industry or occupations, so it’s worth getting to know those in your sector.

Once you make contact with a recruiter, they will normally ask for an introduction interview during which time they will try to get a better sense of what type of job you are looking for and what your career ambitions are. Recruiters can provide invaluable advice on the application process and your CV.


We  aims to help people find jobs in the UK. Personal advisors can help you find the vacancies that are right for you, whether you’re looking for your first job or are returning to work. They can also tell you about available government training schemes.


Networking is all about being in the right place at the right time, and getting to know the right people who can help you develop your career. These can be contacts you have made through work, friends or family. Let everyone know that you are looking for a certain time of work. The more people that know you are available for employment, the more vacancies you will become aware of.

Attending conferences or events that relate to your industry are also perfect opportunities to network. You can also join professional organisations and business groups in your area, or get involved in community activities.

Remember, first impressions count. Don’t ask for a job straight away. Gather information first, and suss out the situation… you don’t want to come across as too pushy.

Speculative applications

If you think a company might have available vacancies, or you would particularly like to work for them then send in a CV and covering letter to their Human Resources Department. You can get the name of the person in charge by calling the reception, or looking on the company’s website.

If you don’t hear anything after a week, follow up with a phone call just to enquire as to the situation. Even if they don’t have anything available at the time, they’re sure to keep your details on file.

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