QotW: Where should I look for jobs?


“Nowadays there are many sources of jobs, so be flexible in your approach. It is important not to rely solely on the internet; so use the print media, such as local and regional newspapers, specialist and industry publications. Word of mouth and formal and informal networks are invaluable as well as the more traditional recruitment agencies, both for general and specialist job recruitment, and the Job Centre to look for work. Larger organisations offer jobs alerts, and it’s good to sign up to these. Try keeping an eye on the business section of local newspapers to see how local businesses are doing: whether they are expanding and intending to recruit and consider sending them your CV. It is also a good idea to look at the websites for companies you are interested in working for. Advertisements in post offices and newsagents are often a good source of local work. Most importantly – network: tell friends and acquaintances – in the playground, in the pub, at the gym – what you are looking for and be prepared to take up the offer of an introduction. And have your CV up to date and ready to send to the vacancies you find.”
Kate Johnson, Careers Adviser (National Careers Service)

“First you need to be sure of the kind of job you are seeking and the way you want to work. That will help you to hone your search. There are general jobs sites which usually categorise jobs according to different industries and if you are interested in working for a particular company you should check their site regularly. Don’t forget niche jobs sites, for instance, if you are seeking family-friendly work you could try Then there is word of mouth and social networks. A large percentage of job offers come through asking your existing networks.”
Mandy Garner (Working Mums)

“Look everywhere – Reed, Monster and Totaljobs are three of the biggest job boards, they’re the ones we use. LinkedIn is also a great way to look around, get your connections up!”
Chloe Ho (Francis Consultancy)

“You need to be pro-active and creative in your job search. Think outside the box when looking for vacancies. Use your contacts, utilise social media and get your name out there. Set up a Linkedin page to showcase your talents and interact on a regular basis, or attend local networking events and meet local business owners. Get yourself in front of decision makers.”
Richard Shakespeare

“Grads – it’s easy to think that graduate scheme pages are the only place to look, but don’t forget the trade press. These have plenty of jobs for graduates that offer many of the same benefits and progression – they’re just not called graduate positions. If you’re job hunting after school or college, look at the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service website and local press. Oh and for jobs in insurance and financial planning, check out the Discover Risk website.”
Caspar Bartington (The Chartered Insurance Institute)

“Knowing where to look for jobs in part comes down to the job you want: there are specialist industry publications online and offline that make for essential reading if you’re sure what you want to do. General job boards will have a wide variety of roles to browse but be sure you’re using one with key filters to weed out the opportunities you aren’t interested in. Social media has yet to become a job goldmine, however keeping up a professional presence on the web can bring rewards. Be open with friends and family about your job hunting they can be an extra set of eyes and could even know of a job about to come up.”
Mike Barnard (Milkround Online)

“Specifically for social care and social worker jobs, the number of places that employers are advertising is increasing. Some only advertise on their own websites, many do not use the traditional big two – Community Care and The Guardian. Also try: Jobs Go Public, Great Social Care, Charity Jobs, NFP, BASW, TotalJobs , Blue Octopus, Colleges of FE and universities, individual councils, NHS jobs, individual charities and private sector social care organisations.
Do a regular trawl of job sites. Use social networking sites such as Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter. Post your CV on various sites, including Linkedin, Community Care (but only give your email address). Talk to as many social workers and HR and workforce people as possible, find out where they advertise, and what jobs may be coming up. If you have a local authority placement, find out who works in their workforce/learning and development department, who leads on student placements and NQSW work; find time to meet them. Fore more, see BASW’S article on jobs
Joe Godden, professional officer (BASW)

“Semta has also developed Talent Retention Solution (TRS), a web-based recruitment service bringing together recruiting employers with skilled individuals looking for new roles as a result of redundancy for example. It was launched with partners to make sure vital engineering and technical skills are retained. Check out the TRS website on or call Semta Customer Services on 0845 643 9001. For those interested in pursuing a career in science, engineering and manufacturing, you can check out where and when the assessment days are being run on the Semta Apprenticeship Service website
Joanne Iceton (SEMTA)

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