UK Students coming to the end of their degree without a job lined up may panic because they feel that if they have not yet lined up a job it might be quite difficult to get one. To an extent, there is some truth in this belief because finding a job in the UK can take some time.
This fear can be dialled up a notch if you are an international student as finding a job in the UK can be challenging if you are an international student and are studying abroad for the first time.
However, for both students, it should not be very difficult to find your dream job if you have access to the right resources and guidance and if you know where and what to look for. Apart from using the resources at Congrapps, another resource is to make use of job sites or job boards.
Thus in this article, we’ll take a look at the best job sites in the UK.
What is a Job Site or Job Board?
A job board or site is a website used by employers or recruiters to advertise their job vacancies to job seekers. These job seekers in turn then use the job boards to search for new job opportunities in their area and profession. Most job sites will allow recruiters to use some features without charge, offering options for free job postings or trials. While some job sites will offer premium schemes, such as sponsored jobs or unlimited access to their candidate database.
Some job boards allow for all vacancies from all kinds of industries to be advertised while others are niche.
Job boards are most often free for job seekers. So why not use them?
The Best job sites in no particular order
Founded in April 2011, Adzuna is one of the most innovative UK-based job sites around and is definitely worth using if you want a job board that will help you zero in on the right role for you. It’s free to use, too.
Adzuna uses the awesome power of technology to help match people to better, more fulfilling jobs and has about 6 million live jobs for which you can apply to.
Indeed is indeed one of the biggest job sites in the world and the UK (come on you cannot begrudge me for the play on words). Launched in November 2004, the site claims that it has more than 250 million visitors every month and a database of over 200 million CVs
With over 600 million plus ratings and reviews, it claims to be the number one job site in the world. There is much reason to believe that this claim is true or at least close to the truth. Every day it connects millions of job seekers with new opportunities. Further, it has a very easy-to-use interface and its app.
Founded in 1960 in London, Reed was one of the first pioneers of specialist recruitment in the UK. Seven decades on, they have become the world’s largest family-run recruitment business. But this is really of no interest to you! The company’s website, Reed.co.uk was the first recruitment website to be established by a recruitment agency in the UK and has grown to become one of the UK’s leading careers job boards.
The site features vacancies from over 30,000 recruiters a year, including private and public sector employers and leading recruitment agencies and consultants. It is also more than a job site as it works with around 1,000 respected learning providers to advertise more than 70,000 courses on a wide range of subjects; from accounting and HR, right through to fitness and cooking.
This is one of the UK’s largest hiring platforms with over 280,000 live jobs adverts on the site. This usually means that whatever industry you’re in, wherever you’re based, you can find what you’re looking for on their job site.
They claim that they will do all that is necessary to help you find a job with their 20 years’ experience. From when you sign up with them, your information will be shared with our partner brands and the recruiters that work with them to make the process of landing a job smoother.
When you think of CV-Library is good to have the image of a full-stocked physical library in your head because that is what it is. CV-Library is one of the UK’s biggest job sites, with over 233,000 live vacancies from all industries nationwide available to search.
This database was launched in 2000 and holds over 17 million CVs and attracts 10 million monthly visitors. 3 million job applications are made on the job site each month. CV-Library is also a group that owns a vast number of hob boards across the UK which you can also access. Some of these boards are IT Jobs, BritishJobs, JobsRetail, marketing jobs and JobsMedical.co.uk
Another big job site in the UK comprises a vast database of job seekers, opportunities, and employers and is also one of the easiest UK job sites to use, so it’s always going to be worth your time during a job search. It’s also a top choice for those who are not particularly comfortable with technology.
Monster is considered an innovator in the field of online recruitment and employment. It was also the first to develop a database of resumes with user names and passwords. It boasts of between one and two million positions on the site, with job listings in every industry and at every level of business.
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While this job site is not as popular as the others it has been in existence since 2010 and has been on a mission to help a million candidates to find work that matters to them and the world. There are over 17,000 job opportunities advertised on the site at any particular time. The job board is also in partnership with more than 3,000 employers
Its mission is to help its members to get what it calls 21st Century careers, built on their terms, not someone else’s. They promise that the opportunities they advertise will give the job seekers freedom, passion, autonomy, fulfilment and the ability to connect to more meaningful lives.
Otta is a London-based job site launched in 2020 that covers and specializes in all functions from engineering, sales, tech openings at high-growth startups and marketing and all levels from entry-level to VP. It prides itself on providing unbiased opinions of companies, tailored recommendations, salary benchmarks, and other features. About 3,000 roles are posted there each week.
Otta claims that it will do its best to bring out the best in job seekers using its platform. Whether that’s being picky about the companies that make it onto the platform, recommending the kind of roles you jump up and down about, sharing insights to help you make smarter applications, or giving you the tools to express that you’re more than just a resume. It’s all about you – and you putting your best foot forward.
LinkedIn is the social network for professionals, and it’s a key choice for any UK-based job search. In the UK alone it has more than 30 million users, and it’s packed with job listings in every industry.
You can narrow down job listings with a wide range of filters, like the job type, experience needed and if remote working is possible, and you can apply to loads of them directly on the site, with your LinkedIn profile able to function as your CV. It’s also possible to upload your CV if you’d prefer to send the original document.
According to The Intelligence Group, Indeed is the most popular job board among UK job seekers, with 63% of job seekers using the job site in 2019. Regardless of this, any of the job sites mentioned above can help you in your quest to land a role, it just depends on what you want.
PS: We have no affiliation with any of the sites listed.
Charles is a writer, practising lawyer and personal trainer who loves learning and developing himself. He graduated from Middlesex University, London with eight first-class grades in the second and third years of his law degree, and received a postgraduate offer from Cambridge University. He loves strength training, boxing and encouraging people to succeed in their pursuits (legal ones)
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