Job search made easy (or easier) – job search engines

This week, I wanted to give a special mention to an excellent, but generally underused and not-very-well-known job hunting tool: job search engine sites. Why, what are they?

If you’re in serious job hunting mode at the moment (and you’re a somewhat organised person!), you’ll probably find yourself spending a lot of time identifying job sites that look useful, painstakingly categorising and bookmarking them and then going back and checking them regularly. What job search engines claim to do is take on the bulk of that work for you.

All you do is enter a keyword and location into the search boxes and at the click of a button the site will trawl thousands of jobsites to pick up jobs advertised anywhere that meet your criteria. Some of them even claim to search companies’ own websites for jobs too, which is a real plus, as there are quite a lot of organisations in some sectors (e.g. charities, smaller companies) that don’t use job sites to advertise their vacancies, so you might miss these otherwise.

Here are 3 of my favourite UK job search engines:

  1. Career Jet – www.careerjet.co.uk
  2. Simply Hired – www.simplyhired.co.uk – This one is particularly interesting, as it will link its vacancy search results to your LinkedIn and Facebook contacts (assuming you are happy to allow Simply Hired to access these accounts), so that you can see if you have any contacts – even indirect, i.e. friends of friends – who work for the organisations that are advertising. Finally there’s a serious excuse for being a heavy Facebook user!
  3. Indeed – www.indeed.co.uk

Job search engines can be particularly handy when you don’t know exactly what sector you want to work in (or you are genuinely open-minded about that) but you’d maybe like to use a particular foreign language or you think you’d like to work some kind of ‘project management’ or ‘organisational’ role, as the flexibility of searching just on keywords can be helpful to get a feel for what’s out there generally, rather than limiting yourself by starting with a single job site.

They’re also useful for identifying the best job sites for the kinds of jobs you’re interested in, as a link to the site where the job search engine has found each vacancy is included in the listing.

A colleague at the University of Cambridge also recently alerted me to this site – www.hound.com as one to watch, as their claimed USPs (unique selling points for anyone unfamiliar with ‘marketing speak’!) are that they:

  • Do actually trawl companies’ own websites for those hidden job vacancies
  • Do their best to filter out ads from recruitment agencies
  • Include the full contact details in the job listing

Even though this is a US based site, a quick search did bring up a fair number in the UK and even in Manchester, so it could well be a useful tool. Unfortunately though, there is a subscription charge for Hound.com – it’s not open access. If you do try it and find it useful let us know and we might be able to consider getting a Careers Service subscription!

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2 Responses to Job search made easy (or easier) – job search engines

  1. Harry says:

    Thanks! Ive been using some of these sites you mention to look for jobs to fit around my lectures and then obviously summer work.
    Ive always found indeed.co.uk to be the best, it seems to offer the broadest, most targeted search. I looked it up and apparently in huge in the USA too so they probably have quite smart search technology.

  2. Cal says:

    Unfortunately for you lot these days, it’s much harder to get a job, whether it’s a graduate training scheme or bar work.

    My advice would be to think out of the box, show initiative. I went for an admin job a couple of months ago and there was ONE HUNDRED applicants. The town I live in only has 10000 people so I was competing against 1% of the population of my home town.

    If you know where the job is and they ask you to send your CV in. Go there and hand it in personally. If they ask you to call, make sure you do practically first thing in the morning.

    Ask for a job trial. Most places wont, but if you offer to do a week or two for free then it looks like you really want the job.

    Do plenty of research. When it comes to an interview, even if you’re qualified for the job, if you have no questions or know nothng about the company in question, this will work against you.

    Keep trying aswell. You never know when something might come up. People say a job search is pretty much like a full time job. I’d agree with this. If your not constantly looking during work hours, you could end up missing out.

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