Job search on the internet

Here we focus on some of the main places on the internet where jobs are advertised. There are many more, as the internet is a very popular way to advertise and find jobs.

If you do not have internet access at home, perhaps you can use the internet at school, college, or in a community centre. Or you can get free time on the internet at your local library. Sometimes you have to book internet time in advance. To find out where your nearest library is, enter your postcode to search for local library services on gov.uk.

Internet job search tips

Tip

Decide what type of work you are looking for before starting your job search on the internet.

  • Decide what kind of job you want before you start searching. Visit our action planning pages if you have not already done so.
  • Follow job links from websites that interest you and seem useful. Hopefully these will take you to other sites that can help you with your search.
  • On some sites you can sign up to get job alerts for the type of job you are looking for. If you do, check what you are signing up for first. If you do not want newsletters and marketing information, untick the relevant boxes. If you have signed up for a site and realise later that it is not useful, unsubscribe.
  • Before you apply, make sure the job matches your qualifications and experience. Also check the application deadline.
  • Phone or email for more information if there is anything you are not sure about. Even if you do not have any questions, you could phone just to ask whether the job is still available. This is a way for you to make personal contact with a possible employer. If they have spoken to you, they might remember your application when they get it.
  • Always check your spelling and grammar before you send an application or email. (For more information, see our application forms pages.)

Don’t just rely on the internet for your job search. The more job search methods you use, the greater your chances of success.

This website gives more tips about looking for work on the internet:

National Careers Service – Looking for work online

Where to look

Here are some places to start your internet job search:

  • Government websites:
    • National job centre sites and apprenticeships (listed below)
    • Your local council
  • Recruitment websites (Before you sign up for anything, read all the information carefully.):
    • Some of these belong to recruitment agencies that also have offices in towns and cities
    • Some only use the internet
  • Employer websites (see also hidden jobs)
  • Websites of trade organisations (use the careers section of this website)

Government websites

Here are the government’s job centre websites for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. On these sites you can search for jobs by postcode, job type, job title, working hours, and so on.

GOV.UK - Universal Jobmatch
Search for jobs in England, Scotland and Wales.
NI Direct
Search for jobs in Northern Ireland.
My World of Work
Search for jobs in Scotland.
UK Government – Job help for people with disabilities

Apprenticeships

If you are interested in finding an apprenticeship – where you work and do a qualification at the same time – you can search on the following websites. These websites also give information about apprenticeships.

England
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales

Last updated 26 February, 2018