Searching for jobs
Where do I start?
If you know what you're looking for, our simple keyword search is the best place to start. Simply enter a job title, skill or qualification and a location in the 'Find a job' panel and click on the orange search button.
If you're not sure what you're looking for, you may prefer to explore opportunities within your specialism. Specialisms are a mix of industries, like accountancy and engineering, and types/levels of work, like Graduate or £50k+ jobs.
If you have a reed.co.uk account, you can view recommended jobs within your preferred industry sectors. To see your recommended jobs, sign in to reed.co.uk and click on the 'Recommended jobs' tab on the homepage.
How can I make my search results more relevant?
Once you've run a search on reed.co.uk, you might find there are too many jobs to review every one. In this instance, you can use the filters on the left hand side of the page to narrow down your results.
Changing one of the criteria on the left hand side of the page will automatically update the search. To start again and run a different search, you can use the 'Find a job' panel at the top of the page.
What are 'recent searches'?
'Recent searches' are the last 10 searches you've run. When you return to the site, you'll see a 'Recent searches' bar at the bottom of the 'Find a job' panel on the site. Click on the name of your last search to update results for that search or, alternatively, click on the arrow to choose from one of your last 10 searches.
How can I make the most of keyword searching?
Keyword searching finds words and phrases contained within a job's title and description. To run a more detailed keyword search, you can use the following rules to build your search.
- AND means that all words or phrases must be in the job title or description, e.g. Accountant AND CIMA
- OR means that at least one word or phrase must be in the job title or description, e.g. Driver OR chauffeur
- NOT means that the word or phrase must not be in the job title or description, e.g. Secretary NOT legal
- " " are used to indicate that you want to search for a phrase, rather than individual words, e.g. "Finance director"
- ( ) are used to define the order in which you wish to search, e.g. (Finance director) AND (ACCA)
- * means that at least one word in the job title or description must contain the keyword, e.g. Admin* will find jobs with words containing 'admin' (administrator, administrative etc.)
I don't have time to apply now. Can I save jobs to apply for later?
Save jobs by clicking 'Save for later' next to any job on the search results page or on the job details page.
The jobs can then be found by clicking 'Saved jobs' at the top of the page. If you're signed in, the jobs will be saved to your account. If you're signed out, they'll only be saved on the computer and browser you're using.
You can email yourself a list of saved jobs to remind you to apply later by clicking 'Email these jobs' on the saved jobs page.
Why is there a filter to just view Reed jobs? Aren't all jobs advertised by Reed?
reed.co.uk is a legally separate company from Reed Specialist Recruitment. Over 9,000 recruiters are currently advertising jobs on reed.co.uk, including a variety of recruitment agencies and direct employers. The vast majority of jobs advertised on reed.co.uk have no connection with Reed Specialist Recruitment.
If you’d like to follow up on a job application you’ve made through reed.co.uk, sign in to your account, click your name in the top right hand corner of any page and select 'Jobs applied for' to see a recruiter's contact details.
Can I have jobs emailed to me?
If you're registered with reed.co.uk, you can create up to three saved searches in your account, and receive daily or weekly email job alerts. To save a search, click on 'Email me jobs like these' on any search results page.
If you don't have an account, you can still receive jobs by email by clicking 'Email me jobs like these' on any search results page and entering your email address.
The jobs you email me aren't what I'm looking for, how can I update them?
If the jobs we send you aren't quite right, you can edit them by clicking the 'Edit' button in the emails we send to you.
Alternatively, you can update your email alerts when you're signed in to reed.co.uk by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner of any page and clicking 'Saved searches & email alerts'. From the saved searches page, click on the name of any saved search to view and edit it.