21st March 2019
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The big players
Indeed, Monster, Reed, CareerBuilder, TotalJobs
These sites list thousands of jobs and they’re ideal if you want to tailor your search to a specific role, salary range or location. Most will require you to create a profile with a saved CV and Cover Letter, but you should tweak these before each application to make sure they’re fit the job description perfectly. You can also use these sites to get job advice, view employer profiles and set up job alerts.
It’s worth knowing that many of your applications will be viewed and assessed by recruitment agents, rather than the employers themselves. However, this isn’t altogether a bad thing – if you’re not the right fit for that particular role, the agent might help you to find work elsewhere.
The one for bright sparks
Jobs.ac.uk (UK applicants), HigherEdJobs
If you’re interested in working in academia, whether that be as an office administrator or teaching assistant, these are for you. You can filter your search by location, job type (e.g. technical or clerical), academic discipline (e.g. Law) or salary.
There are plenty of opportunities on there ideal for university students too, from work experience placements to part-time exam invigilators roles.
The one for networkers
For those of you on LinkedIn (and if you’re not, you should be – use our guide to get started), you can use your account to apply for jobs directly. This is awesome, because your profile essentially replaces your CV or resume, and you can fit a whole lot more on there, including portfolio pieces, documents and awards.
LinkedIn will even recommend particular jobs to you based on your profile and career interests. Each job listing will tell you who at that company you might know through school or uni, so it probably wouldn’t hurt to drop them a line directly introducing yourself!
The one for lazy people
You can use CV Library like a traditional job search site, but you can also use it to be headhunted by the hundreds of employers who use the site. Just create a profile, upload a stellar CV (we tell you exactly how to do that here), and wait.
The one for casual work
If you’re after a summer job, internship, or you don’t fancy working more than a few hours a week (we can’t blame you), Student Gems should be right up your street.
It’s worth knowing that many of these jobs will offer low pay. Make sure that you’re offered at least minimum wage and avoid employers who want you to work for free for an extended period of time. Ideally, you should be offered an employment contract before you begin work. If you're based in the UK and want to get up to scratch with your employment rights, click here.
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