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UK Job Sites

Major UK jobsites - their features and faults and how to use them.

Employment directories

The best job search sites

Looking through the listings above, I have picked out the ones I particularly like. Many of the sites include a jobs by email service.

  • - The largest UK jobsite, with plenty of IT jobs and subsites for other sectors. A large variety of agencies use this service. Includes a large list of UK IT recruitment agencies. Search URLs can be bookmarked, and it also offers a jobs by email service and CV posting service.
  • - I am a big fan of this site, though it doesn't list as many technical jobs as I would like. Lists many jobs in temporary positions. Offers CV posting.
  • - Smallish number of listings from The Guardian newspaper, fairly media/public services oriented.
  • Planetrecruit - Lists a large number of jobs and posts CVs to job agencies.  Displays jobs from other hotonline jobsites, including
  • - The UK arm of the large US jobsite.

View the relative popularity of jobserve, reed, monster, totaljobs and jobsite on this Google Trends page (alexa version).

Bookmarkable job sites

Sites that I haven't signed up for email from, but have bookmarked.  Bookmarkable search results are very useful, instead of receiving a mail full of yesterday's jobs, you can search as frequently or infrequently as you wish:

  • - Covers a number of job sectors. Searches can be bookmarked (results.asp) and they offer a jobs-by-email service.
  • - The UK arm of the large US jobsite.
  • - Medium sized job listings, URLs were bookmarkable, but I don't have a current example, features a jobs by email service that unfortunately ignores keywords in the saved search.

Other search sites

Some sites I haven't signed up to anything from and don't visit regularly:

  • - Features a large number of jobs and a jobs by email service. Their search engine seems to become less specific (rather than more specific) when searching for multiple keywords, which isn't very useful. The search page does not include posting dates or salary. In the past I managed to bookmark their search by decoding their search form.
  • TechWeekEurope

CV posting sites

I have had recent success with calls from agencies that have found my CV on a CV posting website. All the sites below allow you to upload your CV in Word format (possibly RTF). As time goes by, I should be able to add to comments about how successful the CV sites have been for me.  CVs may need to be refreshed regularly to attract a recruiter's interest. Most of the sites listed below also appear elsewhere on this page.

Recruitment agencies

Advice on company targeting  features advice on applying direct, making your the most of your CV and interview techniques. All in an slightly over-the-top American stylee, ideal for those a bit shy in coming forward.  The best section by far is the Articles section, which includes insights from both the job-seekers and the employees sides.

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