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How to job search effectively


Starting points:


Knowing what to search for is the key. With so many websites out there competing for your “hits” having some idea of what kind of thing you are looking for helps the process immensely.

So before you jump on a computer think of two to three job titles that you may be interested in doing.


For example ‘shop work’ could be;

Sales assistant

Customer service assistant

Retail assistant


The more you can think of the better. Be aware that unless you group the job title within speech marks (i.e “sales assistant”) the job site will take each word separately and you may find yourself looking at jobs which are totally unsuitable.


Website knowledge:


Knowing which websites turn up which kind of work is important. For example:  Total Jobs will generally turn up more hands on, manual work than Reed which is far more customer service focused even though both sites claim to search all types of jobs.


Go Yocal is a good one for area specific jobs, so if you weren’t really sure what type of work you were looking for but you wanted to work in Bath, it will turn up a list of Bath vacancies.


Websites such as Monster amongst others also allow you to upload a CV to apply for vacancies.


Indeed amongst others allows you to set up job alerts. You can search by location or by job. However, one thing for this website is that it will always show the vacancies by “relevance”, which you may need to change to “date” or you may find yourself looking at a very relevant vacancy which is a month out of date. As a rule of thumb for indeed, if there is no suitable vacancies on the first two pages, there are no suitable vacancies that day. Don’t waste your time trawling through older and less relevant jobs.


There is nothing wrong with newspaper websites which advertise vacancies such as This is Bath but these can be geared more towards the unemployed ‘professional’ so jobs such as cleaners are very few and far between.


Council websites such as BANES Jobs and Bristol Jobs are good for finding vacancies within schools such as teaching assistants, or cleaners within schools as well as a range of other council vacancies.


Websites such as All the top bananas will take jobs from other websites including the ones above to create what it feels is a “comprehensive list.” Personally, I avoid websites like this as you end up following links back to other job search websites to apply.

And just because it is the Job Centre website, don’t dismiss Some employers prefer to advertise through the Job Centre. However, unless absolutely necessary, when calling a vacancy or emailing a CV, try not to mention you came across it on the Job Centre website. It can be a double edged sword and the employer may look negatively on it.

Be aware that you are for more likely to get the correct information about a job if you go directly through the employer’s website. This may mean googling the company and searching the ‘careers’ or ‘vacancies’ section of its website!


Supermarket job hunting:

Many roles within supermarkets are far more likely to be advertised internally so if you can get yourself and a CV down to your nearest store or pick up an application form you are instantly increasing your chances. When large stores advertise online, it is often difficult to find where they are advertising. Most difficult are Sainsburys and Asdas, see links below for careers sections on these websites:


Sainsburys (and click on 'find the career for you')

and Asda


Small ads:

Don’t dismiss the small ads in the local paper you never know what it can turn up. It also shows a little more initiative. Just be warned that not all small ads are actually viable sources of income. For example, jobs which promise large cars, unreasonably high salaries and pretty women (!) are usually scams. The same applies for text messages offering employment.


The key here, is never agree to undertake a job until you know a) exactly what it involves, b) what the basic salary is – regardless of ‘additional commission’, c) who you are working for – company or individual – and a way to contact them.


How ever you job search, as a rule of thumb, if you have been on the same website for over 5 minutes without finding something to apply for, there is nothing on there that day. Log off, try a different site and return to it the next day. Jobsites are usually very good at updating their jobs so try them daily where possible.