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Help

There are two main ways to find jobs on this site. You can either use the search boxes at the top of the page or you can use the Browse jobs feature, which is situated under the Search button. The two ways of looking for jobs are explained below and additional help on using the site is also given.

You can get hints, tips and ideas to help your job search on The Daily Jobseeker

To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit www.safer-jobs.com for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

Note that Europe searches are conducted on a site (EURES) and cannot be saved. Click on 'UK Welsh jobs' to search for jobs advertised in Welsh.

Job search

To search for jobs use one or more of the search boxes to search by Job title, Skills or keywords and Postcode or location. Any search boxes you leave blank will draw in results from all jobs. For example, if you enter “Engineer” in Job title box, “Software design” in the skills or keywords box and “London,” in the Postcode or location box you will get specific results for jobs that are located in or around London, have “Engineer” in the job title and where software design is linked the job description. However, if you only search for 'Engineer' with 'software design' and leave the Postcode or location box blank, you will get similar results but across the whole of the UK. Similarly, if you leave the other boxes blank, you will potentially expand the search and return more results.

Once you have entered your search terms into the relevant box(es), click the Search button. Universal Jobmatch will carry out a search and display a list of results that match (or are closely related to) your search terms, on a ‘Job results page’. You can then use the panel on the left side of the page to refine this list further by; distance, posting date and job type.

If you find few or no jobs displayed in your ‘Job results page’ we recommend you use fewer boxes, different search terms or different boxes and repeat your search by clicking the Search button again. For example, if you are not sure what title an employer use for a job, you might want to search on ‘Skills and keywords’ only, or you might try out a few common job titles that different employers might use.

Under the job title field, you can select to search (or browse) in the UK, only, overseas or throughout Europe.

Universal Jobmatch may display more search results than you expect because your results are not limited to the words you enter. Universal Jobmatch finds jobs that may be relevant to the search terms you have entered. Read on to find out how to get the best from Universal Jobmatch.

Keeping your skills, profile, CV and Cover Letter Library up-to-date will enable you to apply for jobs without delay. Although you can save jobs to apply to later, it is recommended you apply for jobs straightaway.

Creating a great job search

Here are a few examples that will help you understand how Universal Jobmatch works so you can create a great job search.

Search by 'Job title'

‘Search by Job title’ - for example, type “QA Manager” into the ‘job title’ search box. When you click the Search button, a search will be performed and you'll be taken to a Job results page. This page lists all jobs that match your search terms. Searching by job title will return specific and closely related job titles.

If you are searching for “QA Manager”, in the ‘job title’ search box, Universal Jobmatch will show you jobs that have “QA Manager” in the job title and other related job titles such as “Test Manager”.

This is because Universal Jobmatch recognises that “QA Manager” and “Test Manager” are closely related. Another example is a search for ‘Bus driver’ will show you jobs that have “Bus Driver” in the job title and other related job titles, such as ‘Coach driver’.

You can also search for more than one job title at a time – just be sure to separate each job title with a comma. For example, ‘Bus Driver, taxi driver’.

Search by 'Skills or keywords'

Search by skills or keywords - for example, type “Leadership” into the ‘Skills or keywords’ search box. Universal Jobmatch looks for the skills or keywords you’ve entered that are linked to job descriptions and will send you job results that include those keywords. Keywords are best used to describe your skills or the industry you want to work in.

A minus sign can be used to exclude results using a space as a separator between the words and the minus sign. For example: “Driver – HGV” - will list Drivers but not HGV driver jobs.

If you want to find a particular job posting and know the Job ID you can type the ID into this box to find that job posting.

Search by ‘Postcode or location’

You can search for jobs within an approximate area in and around the postcode or location you have specified. Location is defined by town, city or county.

Universal Jobmatch searches the postcode/location you have set and by default searches approximately 20 miles from the edges of that postcode/ location. You can then change this distance by using the links in the ‘Refine results’ section on the left side of the results page.

Because Universal Jobmatch searches in and around the edge of a given postcode or location, we recommend that you search by full postcodes to show results that may be more relevant to your travel to work preferences. This is because a full postcode covers a small geographical area, so searching within that postcode and around its edges will search a smaller area. This box will also accept partial postcodes (which cover a larger area), which are preferable to searching by location. If you want to return jobs from a wider area, specify location and use ‘Refine results’ to expand the area further or leave the box blank.

Apply for a job

To view or apply for a job, simply click the job title link. This will take you to a Job Details page where you can:

  • read more about the job
  • as well as apply
  • save it for later
  • print out the description

From this page you can also review your skills to see if you are qualified for similar jobs. To apply, click the Apply button. You will then be asked to select a CV and submit your application so the employer can contact you.

During the application process, to protect you from the risk of identity theft, you should not provide employers with your bank account details, your National Insurance Number, date of birth, or any other information which appears to you not to be relevant to the application process. Such information should also not be included in your CV.

Save a job

To save a job, click the job title to go to the Job Details page. Then click the Save link under Job tools. This will add the job to your Saved Jobs page, where you can apply to the job later or delete it from your list. You can save up to 40 jobs. If you are claiming work related benefits and have authorised DWP to view your account, you will see any jobs saved by DWP in your Saved Jobs. These jobs are marked with a circle.

Save a search
If you want to perform the same search later, you can click Save this search. You can name the search and set up email alerts to find out when new jobs matches are posted. Saved searches can:

  • be edited from the Edit search page
  • where you can change the name of the search
  • email frequency
  • location
  • keywords
  • skills

You can save up to 5 searches.

Browse jobs

Browse jobs is a pre-defined grouping of all active jobs by Region, Company (200 most active companies), Industry, Country, Job Category or Job type. How do I browse for jobs?

  • Click ‘Browse jobs’ link situated under the Postcode or location search box
  • Select grouping that you wish to view (default category is Region)

Click on the relevant sub-heading or number of openings – this shows all the active jobs for your selection

Matching you to jobs

Matching you to jobs is a process that Universal Jobmatch or Employers undertake based on the information you have given in your profile or CV.

Universal Jobmatch uses the skills you record in your profile to recommend jobs that may be suitable for you. These are displayed whenever you log in to Universal Jobmatch or whenever you click on the ‘Jobs’ link on the navigation bar.

To get the best matches showing on your ‘Recommended jobs’ list, ensure you take some time to carefully complete the ‘Skills I want to be matched against’ section of your profile. (See more on skills below)

Universal Jobmatch may recommend jobs that are directly relevant to your previous experience but it will also present you with jobs that you may want to consider based on the skills you have entered.

Review the jobs that Universal Jobmatch is recommending. If you seem not to be getting good matches, review/update the skills in your profile.

Employers use any CVs that job seekers have made ‘public’ (searchable) to find job seekers who might be suitable for their jobs. If an employer finds suitable jobseekers, they can invite them to apply for a job and may do so without posting a job.

Building a CV and making it ‘public’ (searchable) will enable an Employer to match your skill-set against their jobs and invite you to apply. This process does not reveal your identity or personal details to the employer unless you choose to apply for the job.

Use the CV builder following the on-screen instructions to create a professional standard CV. Build CV uses information from your ‘Profile’ but you will need to enter contact information, experience, educational achievement, references, and job preferences.We recommend you always save at least one ‘Build CV’ in your account to improve your chances of being matched to a job.

Remember to review the skills in your profile at the same time as updating skills in your CV.

Skills

Ensuring you include the right skills on your profile and CV will help you get the best from Universal Jobmatch and with your job applications.

Adding up to ten skills in you profile is recommended. You should include skills gained from your previous experience that are most relevant to the types of jobs you are looking for. These could include transferable skills such as problem solving, organising and communication.

What skills? You can use the suggestions shown in the boxes as a guideline, ensuring you list your skills rather than job titles, for example ‘Gardening’ rather than ‘Gardener’

For more information about skills, please visit external site https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk (opens in new window)

Remember to review your CV at the same time as updating skill in your profile.