LinkedIn | Indeed | Reed | Totaljobs | Glassdoor | CareerBuilder | JobAware |Zoek | Snagajob
LinkedIn is one of the most popular sites for job seekers, with around 77% of recruiters using it to find new employees. As well as job hunting, this platform focuses on aiding people in building a network of connections - after all, 37% of jobs are found through professional networking! You can interact with companies, and stay updated on what everyone is up to.
- Search jobs by category, title, location, type of work (contract, part-time, voluntary, etc), or by company
- Receive recommended jobs based on your searched keywords, shown interests, and the pages you follow
- Use Find Nearby and the QR code scanner to connect to people you meet whilst out and about
- Use Easy Apply to quickly upload your virtual CV, applying to a host of jobs instantly
- Save searches to return back to when more job listings have been posted
- Share, comment, and like articles and pictures on your feed
- Follow hashtags to stay updated on trends you find interesting
- Receive updates when your profile or Easy Apply application has been viewed
Pros and cons
✔You can fully customise your LinkedIn profile to use as a virtual CV, featuring your accomplishments, educational achievements, prior work experience, and skills
✔Able to directly contact companies and individual employees to start networking
✔Interact with the content on your feed to stay involved in the community and meet new people
✔You can mark yourself as ‘open to opportunities’ on your profile, alerting prospective employers to your status
✘If you want to gain insights into how many people view your profile, who they are, and access exclusive tools to improve your profile, you’ll need to pay for a Premium Subscription
Essentially a social media platform for job seekers, you can send messages, write and respond to posts, update your profile with new experiences, publications and qualifications, and get to know all the people inside and outside your chosen industry.
Indeed is another well-known and popular job searching site, offering thousands of jobs to over 250 million users each month. With over 60 countries and 28 languages covered in their search engine, you can browse more than 16 million jobs.
- Search with specific keywords, job titles, company, location, and type of work from permanent and temporary, to full-time, part-time, contract, freelance, and internship positions
- Use your device’s GPS to find jobs nearby
- You can set up email alerts, which will send a recommended selection of jobs to you based on your searches and applications so far
- Set reminders to apply to jobs later if you don’t have the time right then
- Save favourite jobs to return to later
- Follow companies to receive the latest jobs and updates
- See ratings of companies before applying to gage how the employees find working for them
- Browse through photos attached of companies and their offices
Pros and cons
✔You don’t have to make an account to search for jobs, but will need to activate one to save or apply - but for the initial hunts, you can just browse as a guest if you want to see what’s on offer before committing to the platform
✔Like LinkedIn, you can create a virtual CV, detailing your experience, achievements, awards, and skills. This automatically sends with your application (though you can choose for it not to)
✔Company star ratings out of five allow you to assess the kindness and respect a company offers its current or past employees before applying for one of their jobs
Know exactly what company you’re considering working for with insights that aren’t always available on other job platforms.
Over 1 million jobseekers use Reed to find their first or next role. With 5,000 new jobs being posted each day, you’ll never run out of things to look at on this platform.
- Search for thousands of jobs in 42 different sectors, with over 8,000 employers to choose from
- Search by location, job title, and salary expectations
- Use the swipe function to easily save or dismiss jobs
- Look for jobs in stack view or list view, depending on the size of your device or visual impairments
- Receive recommendations for jobs based on your profile
- Receive notifications on the latest vacancies in sectors you’re interested in so you can be the first to apply
Pros and cons
✔You can alter the way you’re viewing the listed jobs (stacked, so one at a time that you can swipe to accept or reject, or listed so that you can scroll down). It’s good to have multiple viewing options for people with sight difficulties
✔Quick and easy searching on the go, while travelling or commuting, with the swipe function and Easy Apply - pay as little as £10 a month for 10GB of data, so you can keep job hunting whilst out and about
Reed encourages their users to be the first to know and apply to new job adverts. Their app is designed to function on the go, allowing you to commit to looking for jobs throughout the day, wherever you are.
Just make sure you have enough data to support your job hunting!
With over 280,000 job adverts, 6 million users, and more than 40 sectors to browse in, you’re joining a popular jobseeker’s platform. They pride themselves on utilising their 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry to perfectly match your profile with the right job roles.
- Use the in-app map function to keep jobs relevant to your local area, searching a mile-by-mile radius
- Filter job listings by relevance, salary, date posted, and distance from a set area
- Includes career advice for building your virtual CV, writing cover letters, and preparing for interviews
- Receive notifications of new jobs
- Save jobs to review later
- Share listings on social media if you think someone you know would be interested in a role you found
- Upload your CV to automatically fill in a Totaljobs profile
Pros and cons
✔Totaljobs constantly work to improve their service based on ratings and comments you can leave within the app
✔Assists users in making the right choices using their experience
Whether you’re a graduate looking for your first job out of university, or an experienced employee aiming to work up to a new level, you’ll have thousands of jobs to choose from in nearly 50 different sectors.
Glassdoor is a job searching platform with a host of unique tools. Discover more about your worth and the companies you’re interested in before applying for one of their positions. This app offers its 50 million monthly users invaluable insights and information into the work life of multiple businesses, so you’ll never find yourself in a job you regret.
- Take advantage of Glassdoor’s ‘workplace transparency’ feature, which allows you to browse the photos, reviews, benefits, CEO approval ratings, interview questions, and salary reports of a company before committing to their application
- Use the ‘Know Your Worth’ tool to get an estimate for the salary expectations you should be asking for, based on your experience, achievements, and qualifications
- The Easy Apply button allows you to quickly send your CV to a company, being one of the first to get their attention
- Organise your jobs and create notes beside them
- Receive notifications for new jobs as soon as they’re listed
- Save jobs if you don’t have the time to apply right then
- Follow companies to get their latest updates
Pros and cons
✔Ability to check reviews and other insights of a company allows you to analyse if it’s the right work environment for you
✔‘Know Your Worth’ tool can help you track how your market value is changing over time, so you don’t commit to a role that won’t pay your bills. This tool will also build your confidence in knowing your value ahead of interviews
✔Never be taken for granted with the ability to research salaries for each role, as well as bonuses, stock opinions, and more
✔If you’ve ever had a terrible work experience, save others by leaving a review
Know yourself and the company you’re applying for so you never sell yourself short.
Unlike some of the other apps, CareerBuilder lets you apply to jobs without creating a profile or signing in - you can simply apply as a Guest, which means you have the freedom to scout around and see what’s on offer before registering and suddenly having your inbox filled with job recommendations that might not work for you.
- Search for jobs using the map, as well as keywords like job titles and salaries
- Use their built-in AI technology to create a mobile CV quickly and easily
- Contact recruiters directly with in-app messaging
- Create your profile as a virtual CV for employers to look at alongside your application - perhaps take the opportunity to write more in-depth about a skill or job than you can’t fit on your CV
- Save jobs to apply to later
- Easy Apply to jobs with a single tap, uploading your CV from the cloud or your virtual CV from the profile
- Research salaries for job titles and the required skills most employers look for
- Apply to jobs without creating a profile, signing in as a Guest
- Receive notifications for relevant job recommendations
- Know who has viewed your CV recently
Pros and cons
✔Ability to search for salaries means you won’t risk being asked to do more for less, as you’ll know the average rate for that job role
✔Research the skills needed for each job and make sure this is reflected on your profile
✔You can apply to jobs as a Guest, without the need to create an entire profile - this is helpful if you don’t want to commit to the platform fully, but want to see if you can gain anything from it initially
CareerBuilder works with over 300,000 employers worldwide, including 92% of the Fortune 1000 list. And with 24 million visitors every month, it’s not hard to see why this platform is a popular choice amongst those looking for their next big start.
As we hope this article is showing, there’s an almost endless list of job seeking platforms out there that you can use to find your next career. JobAware is another app on the market designed to help people find specific, tailored roles.
- Search using specific keywords to find the right type of work for you, like Internship, Temporary, and Freelance
- Filter your search to show listings from yesterday, two days ago, three days ago, seven days ago, 15, or 30 to have a wide scope to pick from
- Organise your job search into categories like Dream Jobs, Second Choice, and Third Choice so you know what to prioritise in your list of ‘to-do applications’
- Set reminders for phone and video interviews so you’re prepared well ahead of time
- Share job adverts with friends and family
Pros and cons
✔JobAware displays job searches in 63 countries around the world
✔Ability to go back from one day to 30 allows you to ensure you haven’t missed anything if you’ve taken some time away from job hunting
If you search on as many apps as possible, you’ll probably be more likely to find a job than if you only stayed on one website. Each platform is registered with new and different businesses, meaning you’ll be able to network with hundreds of companies globally, instead of just the ones on a specific app.
Zoek uses AI-based technology and a five layer search algorithm to find the most accurate job matches for you. The algorithm includes keyword extraction to closely mirror the details in your profile with a job advert.
- Enter your skills or upload your CV to be matched quickly and easily to the best jobs for you
- Instead of automatic matching, you can choose to search for a job role, specifying location, job type, and salary
- Save or share jobs
- Create a profile online for employers to look at, including your skills, work experience, and education
- Easy Apply for jobs using an uploaded CV or let Zoek automatically make you one using your profile information
- ‘My Matches’ jobs sent to you daily via email
- Receive notifications at all times to be the first to know when a new matched job is up. You can always remove them if they get annoying!
Pros and cons
✔Their technology is designed to prevent you from wasting time scrolling through the 15 million adverts posted
✔Improves application speed as you don’t waste time looking at irrelevant jobs
✔Also has a host of helpful tools for hirers, like extracting keywords from applications and providing automatic lists of the most suitable candidates to speed up the screening process
✘Only show jobs in UK, US, and India, so not great if you’re looking to work abroad!
If you tire of scrolling through irrelevant lists of jobs that have nothing to do with your skillset, try out Zoek’s algorithm to see if this app can be the one to find you your next role.
Snagajob is specifically designed for people who are looking to find hourly jobs, such as students or teenagers who need flexible work. With more than 400,000 businesses posting on the platform and nearly 100 million users, this is a solid option for people who want a little money on the side or are primarily looking for temporary, hourly jobs at the moment.
- Search by location and keywords, with filters like distance, availability, and job type
- Use the map search to find out who’s hiring in your local area
- Get daily job matches sent to your email so even when you’re not online, you can still be looking for jobs
- Take an employee personality quiz to find better job matches
Pros and cons
✔The integrated personality quiz means that you stand a better chance of only being recommended jobs you’ll actually want to apply for, rather than your emails being bogged down by irrelevant roles
✔Perfect for people on the hunt for casual, flexible, hourly work, as most job sites cater for permanent, annual roles and it can be difficult to filter to this type
✘Not a suitable app if you’re searching for permanent, annually-paid jobs
Snagajob offers the most convenient roles for part-timers, students who need flexibility around their studies, or anyone else looking to take on shorter, hourly-paid jobs. If you’re not in the place to hunt for a permanent role right now, check out Snagajob to… snag a job.
Top tips to stay productive (and sane) whilst job searching
- Try to be regimented with your job hunting and avoid distractions at home. Check out our top tips for staying productive at home.
- Being without work can get stressful, so try out our best meditation apps to keep calm during this difficult period.
- If you like listening to audio to keep you focused, you could download an app from our recommended list of the best podcast apps or music apps.
- Times without a job are tough - learn how to make your money go further with these budgeting apps and money saving tips.
Good luck on your job hunting!
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