To get ahead in your job search, these tools are all you need.

These days, much of the job search now happens online thanks to a number of job-search sites. And these job sites aren't just notice boards full of vacancies to choose from. Many provide you with strategies to market yourself to companies and recruiters. You can also upload your CV and let the HR managers come to you. Moreover, you can use job-search sites to get an idea of what skills and experience you might need to land your next job so you have a grasp on what employers are looking for.

There are a lot of different options out there when it comes to job sites, so where do you start? Check out the list below for an overview of the best job sites for the UK and EU, with an explanation of the tools and features each site has available.

Adzuna

Adzuna is simple to describe: It's a search engine for job listings. Using their smart search filters and algorithms, Adzuna collects jobs from all around the web and presents them to you in an easy-to-read and simple-to-search format. You can sign up for an account, create the job searches you want and set up alerts to notify you about new jobs that match your criteria.

Adzuna's tech also allows them to collect and analyse trends in the job market to help job seekers. The Salary Stats feature, for instance, allows you to search and compare salary data from around the UK.

Adzuna has worked with the UK government's Department for Work and Pension's 'Find a Job' service, so you know they've got a solid reputation.

Areas served: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, UK

CV-Library

CV-Library is one of the UK's first online job boards – and it's still going strong. You can search for jobs as well as upload your CV so potential employers can search for you. The site hosts millions of CVs in their library, and thousands of companies search the site for potential employees every day.

You can also sign up for job alerts or join affordable online courses to help you expand your skill set and become more desirable to employers. There's also a Career Advice section with videos, guides and blog posts to help you through your job search.

Areas served: UK

Escape the City

For those looking to make a change, Escape the City offers more than just job vacancies. There are courses to help you learn new skills and enable you to transition into the career of your dreams. There are also tips and tools for starting your own business, advice on how to change your career and a calendar of interesting events for job seekers.

Escape the City focusses on meaningful jobs to help people build fulfilling careers. They provide a list of the 100 top companies to escape to, judged against six criteria: impact, planet, mission, people, innovation and B-Corp (a certification for businesses).

Areas served: UK, some European and worldwide jobs

Glassdoor

Everyone presents their best face to the world, and potential employers are no exception. So how is a job seeker meant to know what company will suit them best?

Glassdoor offers assistance by collecting reviews from former employees so you can get a firsthand account of what it's like to work there. Former candidates can also share details about their interview processes, so you know what to expect in your interview and prepare accordingly. You can also research salaries to get an idea of your market value, which is helpful for salary negotiations.

Areas served: UK, Europe, North America, South America

Zoek

Zoek is the UK's fastest-growing new job-search site and mobile app that uses intelligent job-matching technology to find and connect job seekers to hirers, and vice versa. Zoek offers loads of extra features to help you market yourself, find the most appropriate vacancies, and research companies that are of interest. Instead of creating your run-of-the-mill login, you have the option of connecting one of your social media accounts as part of the registration process. Be certain to check out their Job Alerts, Company Search and New Job Matches features, among others, to maximise this tool during your job search.

Areas served: UK, the United States, India

reed.co.uk

If you've been to London, no doubt you've seen ads for reed.co.uk plastered all over buses and tube stops. reed.co.uk bills itself as the No. 1 site for job seekers in the UK. The site provides job-search and career advice as well as courses covering careers across several industries, all to help get you started on the right track to your dream career.

As a company, reed.co.uk is more than just a job site. They're a recruitment company, and they also offer HR consultancy and training. They've been doing it for years, and they know what they're about.

Areas served: UK, some European and worldwide jobs

Totaljobs

Totaljobs has a search for both job vacancies and companies hiring. You can look through the many companies that are hiring across different industries and get a better idea of what's out there.

Job seekers can register a CV, set up notifications and save their favourite jobs to look at later. Totaljobs also has an app that you can download to your Android or iPhone so you can get notifications on the go and search the latest jobs from your pocket. You can sync your settings across devices so you can be fast with your applications and get in first on new opportunities.

Areas served: UK, some European and worldwide jobs

Indeed Worldwide

Indeed is one of the world's biggest job sites ‒ if you've been looking for a job, chances are that you've come across Indeed. This job site lets you search job vacancies, check company reviews, and access salary comparisons for jobs and companies across more than 60 countries around the world.

Their keyword search is simple and straightforward to use, and once you've started searching, you'll receive recommended jobs that you can browse through as well. You can also create a job seeker profile, upload your CV and set up alerts to get a head start in landing your dream job.

If you're looking to create an international career for yourself, this is the place to get started.

Areas served: Worldwide

CareerBuilder International

CareerBuilder International aims to provide the tools needed to not only find a job but also to build a career. Job seekers can upload their CV, details and preferences, and CareerBuilder will send job recommendations.

There are also international salary comparisons which show a side-by-side look at how different jobs are paid in different cities around the world. Plus, they offer career advice from their experts and post ongoing updates via their blog.

Areas served: Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Sweden, UK, Vietnam

Careerjet

Careerjet is a search engine that allows you to search tens of millions of job vacancies from thousands of websites, all in one place. You can post your CV and find listings for careers in the United States, UK, Europe and all around the world.

The site has a keyword search function, but there's an extensive directory search as well. You can browse jobs by industry and location to help you figure out what you want to do and where you want to go next with your career.

Areas served: Worldwide

Eurojobs.com

Eurojobs.com is the largest job site catered to European job seekers and job seekers abroad looking to relocate for their European dream job.

The Eurojobs.com site includes a blog full of up-to-date and relevant posts for job seekers focussed on Europe, including a list of featured companies.

Areas served: UK, Europe

WorkInStartups

For those looking to get involved in the exciting world of startups, WorkInStartups is the place to go. This site allows job seekers to find a startup with a mission they're passionate about, and to get plugged in at whatever level best works for them.

WorkInStartups has a highlight list of featured jobs, a regularly updated newsletter and job searches in a number of startup categories for part-time, full-time and freelance positions.

Areas served: UK

Guardian Jobs

Guardian Jobs is the online version of the employment section from the newspaper. Guardian Jobs provides job vacancies from good companies with a positive mission, with positions posted for fields as diverse as the government, technology and the charity sector.

The Guardian Jobs site allows you to browse for jobs by sector, location and graduate positions, as well as part-time and 'trending' jobs. There's also a 'search by job title' feature to help you narrow down what you're looking for. You can also set up an account to save your favourite jobs and get notifications.

Areas served: UK, some European and worldwide jobs

Bonus: free online tools that can improve your job search

In addition to helpful websites, there are great job-search tools to be found online. Luckily, you can take advantage of many of them at no cost. The following are some free online tools that can improve your job search in many ways, from writing your CV to building your professional network. 

CV writing: word cloud generator

With the rise of applicant tracking systems, it's become more important than ever to include the right keywords in your CV. But how do you know which terms to incorporate? This is where a word cloud generator can come in handy. Take three job listings for positions you think are right for you and paste them into the generator. The resulting image will show you which words occur most frequently in those listings, helping you identify the keywords that are paramount to the jobs you're after. Those are the terms you should highlight in your CV to get past hiring bots.

CV writing: Grammarly

Flawless spelling and grammar are essential to a successful CV, but don't panic if you're not a whizz in these areas ‒ there's a free online tool that can help you keep your writing in check. Grammarly is an app you can install on your computer and browser that will point out grammatical mistakes or typos. As you write, the app will underline any errors you make as you go. To ensure professional polish, it's worth running your CV and cover letter through this tool.

CV writing: TopCV

Make no mistakes, writing a well-thought-out CV is a fine art and, sometimes, it takes a professional eye to get right. If you'd like to take your applications to the next level, TopCV's free critique could be the answer. It will analyse your CV, checking for important features including 'achiever' language and ATS-readability. The objective, expert feedback will help you discover your CV's weak points so you know what to improve on.

Skill-building: The Open University

Needless to say, building your skill set is a surefire way to get ahead. If you want your CV to really shine, taking the time to learn new things and invest in your future is key. You don't have to fork over loads of money to further educate yourself, either. The Open University has a wide range of free courses you can undertake. Why not browse through the list of available options and find one that suits your chosen career?

Skill-building: Skills Health Check

Working out what skills you currently have could be the key to identifying your strengths. The UK government has a Skills Health Check questionnaire that will help you along the way. All you have to do is answer a set of questions about your experience and knowledge. At the end of the quiz, you will get a report that will help you to figure out what roles may suit you. Armed with this knowledge, you can apply for relevant positions.

Skill-building: Skillshare

With unlimited access to more than 30,000 online classes, Skillshare is another free online tool to help you get ahead. Whether you want to expand your writing skills or learn how to draw, there's certain to be a class for you. The site is most useful for those in the creative or business sphere as topics covered include design, technology, entrepreneurship and photography. If you would like to spend your free time doing something productive, this is a good way to go.

Networking: 10times

Meeting like-minded professionals is one way to find out about new opportunities and job openings within your sector, and attending key conferences and events is a way to do just that. 10times lists events, trade shows and fairs that are going on near you. You can search these by both industry and area to see what's going on. Taking the time to attend some choice events could help you find new job opportunities. You never know who you may meet and what doors they could open.

Networking: LinkedIn

While you may wish to attend networking events in person, using LinkedIn could help you expand your circle as well. Connect with professionals you've worked with and those who you've met at events. Get into the habit of utilising this social platform by posting and interacting with others and it could make a difference to your job search.

Conclusion

The internet is an endless sea of tools for job seekers, and these are some of the best job-search sites and online tools around. Browsing job boards, marketing yourself, learning new skills and more will all increase your chances of landing your next job. Now that you know where to begin, you can start making strides and find that next role.

If you need to improve your CV, TopCV's network of professional writers is a great tool. Learn more about getting a professional resume rewrite here.

This article was updated in March 2021. It contains work written by Charlotte Grainger.

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