How to Find and Win the Best Jobs on www.JobServe.com
At any one time, you'll find about 20,000 jobs in the UK being advertised on JobServe.com.
This premier job site covers over 30 different industry sectors, which means it's a brilliant place to find a job. However, their 'search' functions aren't the easiest to use, so it's easy to miss out on some of the best jobs going, unless you fully read and digest this article.
Throughout this article we've sprinkled our 13 Top Tips to enable you to get the most out of JobServe, ensuring you beat your competitors to the best jobs and win more interviews than them.
How to Search on JobServe to Find the Best UK Jobs
- The are a multitude of ways to search for a UK job on www.JobServe.com, there easiest is their 'Quick Search', where you just have to select your industry (sector), a few keywords, the locations you are interested in, the type of job (permanent, contract, etc) and how recent the advert is.
- Top Tip #1: We recommend you use their 'Power Search', because if you type keywords into their 'Quick Search' this will exclude jobs that don't have any of your keywords, and if you just select industry and leave out keywords you often end up with far too many jobs to sort through.
- Top Tip #2: Using their 'Power Search' correctly will ensure that you don't miss some of the best jobs. Select the Industry you are in, leave job title blank, put in your desired location and the distance you are prepared to travel to work, select your salary required and the type of job (permanent / contract, etc).
- The Power Search will then display all the jobs that match the search terms you selected in 3 columns, the 1st column allows you to refine your search, the 2nd lists all the jobs and the 3rd displays the job selected in the 2nd column.
- Click on a job in the 2nd column to display the full description of that job in the 3rd column.
- Top Tip #3: If you don't like this 3 column layout, you can switch to a more conventional 2 column layout by switching to 'Classic View' - this is in the right-hand side of the pale blue box, near the top that lists the number of jobs found. If 'Classic View' isn't visible - maximise the size of your browser.
- Top Tip #4: If there are too few or too many jobs displayed, then you can refine your search by selecting or deselecting some search terms in the 1st column.
- Top Tip #5: If there aren't many jobs for your particular sector displayed after you've refined your search, then try CV-Library or Reed or TotalJobs.
Making Job Applications
- When you click on 'Apply' after you've found a job that you're interested in, you will be taken to a job application form - unusually you don't have to register with JobServe to make an application (registration is compulsory on most job sites).
- The application form itself varies a bit depending on the needs of the employer / recruiter who posted the job advert, there is usually a question about whether you're eligible to work in the UK and there may be an 'Optional Information' asking for your contact details, plus a few extra questions.
- Top Tip #6: Be exceptionally careful how you answer any extra questions, as these questions tend to be used to eliminate candidates.
- Some jobs ask for an optional cover letter or there is a box where you can type in a cover letter, which is pre-filled with the job title and two lines of text that simply says "I want to apply, here's my CV".
- Top Tip #7: Don't treat it as 'optional', to make your application stand out you must either upload a cover letter or fill in the box for a cover letter - this tells the employer / recruiter that you are serious about your application and really want the job - attributes that they are really looking for.
- Top Tip #8: Always upload a first-class cover letter that clearly states why you are the best candidate for the job, selling you directly to the recruiter / employer and telling them how your skills and experience match their job's requirements.
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Save Time With Jobs by Email From JobServe
- You can save time having to go to www.jobserve.com every day or every week by signing-up to their Jobs by Email service, which sends new jobs straight to your inbox - it's accessible by hovering over 'Job Seekers' in the top navigation menu and then selecting 'Job Seeker Services'.
- Top Tip #9: Get ahead of other job seekers by setting up Jobs by Email. The sooner you know about a job, the more time you will have to prepare a decent CV and cover letter, plus you may miss out entirely if you don't respond quickly to a job that has a very short deadline, such as some contract IT jobs.
- Top Tip #10: As well as email alerts, you can also download their mobile app, they cater for both iPhones and Android phones. Once you've downloaded the app you'll receive alerts direct to your phone.
- Top Tip #11: As with their search facility, you have to be very careful that you don't restrict the number of jobs you receive by what you select or type in to the job title, keywords or location boxes. You can always change your alerts if you get too many or too few job alerts.
Why Upload Your CV to www.JobServe.com?
- If you want employers and recruiters to find you, then you can upload your CV to JobServe by hovering over 'Job Seekers' in the site's top navigation bar and then click on 'Job Seeker Services'. You can then click on 'Upload Your CV'.
- You can store multiple version of your CV and then choose which one you use to apply for a job on JobServe.com.
- Employers and recruiters typically search for CVs when they're recruiting for jobs that are hard to fill, although some will use this as part of their normal recruitment process.
- Top Tip #12: Uploading your CV means that you can apply more quickly for jobs on JobServe.com and won't have to continually type in the same details and upload your CV every time you want to apply for a job.
- Top Tip #13: Don't expect employers and recruiters to contact you, you must still look for jobs as normal - if you get contacted, think of this as a nice bonus.
Other Resources on JobServe
- There are a number of useful resources in JobServe's Directories, which can be found in their top navigation bar.
- The Recruiter Directory lists all the recruiters advertising their jobs on JobServe, which is useful if you want to view a particular recruitment agency's job vacancies.
- The Company Directory lists all employers that are advertising their jobs on www.jobserve.com, which will help you find out if a specific employer has any vacancies listed.
- Learning Providers contains a list of training providers that can help you advance your career, both now and in the future.
- Contractor Services is a section for people who are contracting and it includes accountancy services, umbrella services, insurance, etc.
- Recruiter Services offers a selection of services and software for recruitment agencies, plus insurance, website design, payroll and other back office services.
Anything Else You Need to Know About JobServe.com?
- You can receive results via an RSS feed and there is JobServe's voice to text technology to 'read out' details of a specific job. It's then easy for you to complete an online application form.
- You can track your applications once they've been submitted on www.jobserve.com.
- If you know exactly the kind of job you are looking for, then JobServe is excellent. However, it is less easy to browse jobs if you use the keyword search criteria, as it effectively excludes many job vacancies - so use the 'Power Search' (see Top Tip #1 and #2 above).
|URL for job seekers||http://www.jobserve.com/|
|Type of site||Generalist job site covering multiple sectors|
|Specific job sectors covered||
|Geographical coverage||UK and worldwide.|
|Number of jobs on the site||20,000+ in any 7 day period|
|Jobs by email||Yes|
|Can you upload your CV||Yes|
Info For Employers / Recruiters on JobServe
- You can post a job on JobServe for £120 for a week or £299 if you want your job up there for 30 days (it gets refreshed automatically after 7 days).
- They boast that over one million job seekers visit www.jobserve.com every month and they have over two million searches a week, plus your job will also be emailed to suitable candidates that have requested for their Jobs by Email service (this is done free of charge).
- Any job you post will also be displayed across their network of 4000 job sites, giving you more opportunities to get your job seen by the right people.
- Other options include purchasing a 'Featured Job' to raise the visibility of your job advert, national / international promotion to raise your job's profile nationally or internationally, banner and keyword advertising.
- You can search their CV database from £198 per month, if you want to source suitable candidates yourself from their extensive database of candidates.