Getting Started

Whether you’re looking to find out more about flexible working, work from home jobs, self employment, or you just want to know how to start looking for work, we’ve got you covered. With a wide range of tips on all aspects of choosing and finding a job, you’ll be able to gather all the information you need to start your career.

Top companies hiring May 2022

Looking for a job you adore this month? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk in May.

How to get a job in HR (without any experience)

We spoke to Avado, the UK’s No.1 online provider of professional qualifications, to find out how you can break into the HR industry.

Top companies hiring April 2022

Looking for a sweet new job in April? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month.

Six reasons to reject a job offer

If you’re on the fence about accepting a role, here are six great reasons you might decide to turn down a job offer.

Civil service careers: What you need to know

If you’re considering a job in the civil service but don’t know where to start, here’s everything you need to know.

Top companies hiring March 2022

Ready to spring into action this March? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month.

Flexible working

Hybrid working: What you need to know

Love the idea of working from home, but not sure you want to do it full-time? Then hybrid working could be for you…

Five of the best-paying summer jobs

Looking to earn over the summer? To help you choose your perfect position, here are just five of the best-paying summer jobs.

How to: Find working from home jobs

How do you find the best work from home positions? Don’t panic. Luckily, we have a filter to help you do exactly that.

Full-time hours vs. part-time hours: What you need to know

Here’s everything you need to know about full-time hours and part-time hours – and how to work out which one is right for you.

How to: Fit work around studying

Not sure you can juggle work and study effectively? To make sure you’re not compromising the quality of your studies or taking on too much, here’s our essential guide to fitting work around studying:

11 things you realise when you start working from home

If you’ve found yourself suddenly working from home for the foreseeable future, here are 11 things you’ve probably realised.

How to make your home office setup work better for you

To make sure your home workspace has everything you need, here are our top tips on how to make your home office setup work better for you.

How to manage workers remotely 

To ensure you and your team remain on track throughout the coronavirus pandemic, here are our top tips on how to manage workers remotely.

How to stay productive while working from home

To help you maintain productivity during COVID-19, here are our top tips on how to stay productive while working from home.

Five benefits of flexi time working

Want to choose when you work? It might actually be possible. We’ve already covered the basics of what you need to know about flexi time working, but here’s a quick rundown of how it could benefit you:

Working hours: What you need to know

To ensure you’re working within your rights (and to answer any questions you may have), here’s everything you need to know about working hours.

Flexitime: What you need to know

All work and no play? Flexitime might be for you. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about working on a flexitime basis:

How to start looking for work

How to get a job in HR (without any experience)

We spoke to Avado, the UK’s No.1 online provider of professional qualifications, to find out how you can break into the HR industry.

DBS Checks: What you need to know

To help you understand what they involve (and whether you actually need one), here’s everything you need to know about DBS checks.

Three industries crying out for staff right now

Jobs are booming this summer. Here are some of the industries most in need of employees – and the top companies hiring in them right now. 

Five reasons you should download the reed.co.uk app

Looking for a new job? We can help with that. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your job search, here are five reasons you should download the reed.co.uk app:

How to: Use the reed.co.uk app

To make sure you’re getting the most out of the reed.co.uk app, here are a few of our top tips on how to use it effectively.

How to: Find volunteer work

To make sure your help is headed in the right direction, here are our top tips on how to find volunteer work.

What are the departments of a business?

A business isn’t one whole; it’s lots of parts working together. Here are some of the most common departments you might find.

Character reference template

Sometimes finding a new role really is a question of character. Here are some of our top tips on how to write a character reference, and a template to help you get started.

How to kick-start your career if you’re aged 18-24

Aged 18-24 and looking for work? Here are our top tips on how to kick-start (or restart) your career and find a job you love.

Five tips for dealing with stress when looking for work

Where does jobseeking stress come from? And if we can’t avoid it, how can we harness it, and use it to our advantage? Here are our top tips.

Five personal qualities valued by employers

To make sure you’re highlighting your attributes as well as your skills, here are five personal qualities most valued by employers.

18 inspirational new job quotes

Just about to start a new role, and looking for some words of wisdom? Here are 18 of our favourite inspirational new job quotes.

Self-employment

Not going to uni: What to do next

What comes after school? It doesn’t have to be uni. If you’re considering not going to uni, here are a few options of what you could do next:

How to: Work from home

Working from home: you either love it or loathe it. To help you maintain your productivity while you’re working from home, here are some of our top tips…

Five self-employed jobs you could be doing right now

Looking for a job where you really get on with your boss? To help inspire you, here are five of the top self-employed jobs, and our tips on how to get them.

Pay and benefits for temporary and agency workers

Tempted to start temping? The Money Advice Service explains some of the key things you need to know to get started, and how you get paid as a temporary worker:

How to: Become a Contractor

Want to be your own boss? We spoke to ContactorUK, the UK’s number one IT contracting site, to find out the pros and cons – and learn how to find your first contract role.

Freelance work: What you need to know

Thinking of going freelance? To give you and insight of what freelancing is all about, here are a few things you should know:

How to: Be your own boss

So you want to be your own boss. If you’re interested in working for yourself, here’s our step-by-step guide to help you become your own boss:

Is self-employment right for me?

There’s no business like your own business. To make sure you make an informed decision on what’s best for you, here’s everything you need to know about self-employment:

Three coffee franchises you could own right now

It turns out, coffee does more than just keep us awake. To help inspire you, here are three coffee franchises you could own right now:

Is 2016 the year to become your own boss?

Looking for a new challenge? Find out why 2016 is the year to become your own boss, and what steps you need to take to start your own franchise.

How to: Code

It’s never too late to learn a new skills, with a wide range of ways to learn for people of all ages. With this in mind, here’s a quick guide to coding, and our top tips on learning how to code:

Five civil engineering projects you could be working on right now

Considering a career in civil engineering? You’ve come to the right place. Here are five of the biggest civil engineering projects you could be working on right now:

Useful tools

Free CV template

Writing your CV, but not sure where to start? Download our free CV template now and find out what recruiters really want in your application.

BOOKS BY JAMES REED

Find out what employers really want with James Reed’s bestselling books  

Tax calculator

Found the perfect job? See how much you’ll take home after tax  

Salary checker

Does the pay cheque of your dream job match your ambition?

Free cover letter template

Feel like your cover letter could do with some work? Here’s our handy free cover letter template to help get you started.

What job suits me?

Six reasons to reject a job offer

If you’re on the fence about accepting a role, here are six great reasons you might decide to turn down a job offer.

Civil service careers: What you need to know

If you’re considering a job in the civil service but don’t know where to start, here’s everything you need to know.

Five transferable skills to help you land a career in tech

We spoke to tech experts the Learning People to find out five of their top transferable skills to help your CV stand out – even without any tech experience.

10 well-paid jobs you can do without a degree

Think you can only get a well-paid job with a degree? Think again. Here are just 10 great options you could consider.

Eight unusual jobs that pay well

Are you looking for a lucrative role that’s totally out there? Here are 10 unusual jobs that pay well (and our advice on how to get them).  

How to make a career change at 40

Looking for a new career in your 40’s can be daunting. Here’s everything you need to know to make the transition smoothly.

What are interpersonal skills?

Want to find out more about interpersonal skills and how these can help you find your perfect job? Here’s everything you need to know. 

Five computer skills to add to your CV

To help you land an interview for your perfect job (whether it’s in tech or not), here are five computer skills to add to your CV. 

The top companies hiring for Christmas 2021

Looking for a cracker of a Christmas job? Here are 10 great companies hiring for seasonal staff right now (and the roles they have on offer).

Five jobs to help fight climate change

Passionate about protecting the planet? Here are five great climate change careers you could consider (and our advice on how to find them).

Top companies hiring November 2021

If you’re ready to love Mondays again, and you’re looking for a job you adore, here are just five companies hiring on Reed.co.uk right now.

Top companies hiring October 2021

If you’re ready to love Mondays again, and you’re looking for a job you adore, here are just five companies hiring on Reed.co.uk right now.

Where can I work?

Top companies hiring May 2022

Looking for a job you adore this month? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk in May.

Top companies hiring April 2022

Looking for a sweet new job in April? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month.

Top companies hiring March 2022

Ready to spring into action this March? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month.

Top companies hiring February 2022

Looking for a new start in February? Here are five of the top companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month (and some of the great jobs on offer).

Top companies hiring January 2022

New year, new career? To help you reach your career goals in 2022, here are five great companies that are hiring in January. 

Top companies hiring December 2021

Want to kick off Christmas with a new job? These cracking companies are hiring (and here are the roles they have on offer).

Top graduate employers 2021

When it comes to graduate jobs, it’s all about finding your perfect match. To help inspire you, here are some of the top companies hiring grads in 2021.

Five easy jobs to do without experience

Think it’s not possible to get a job without experience? Think again. Here are five easy jobs you can do without experience. 

Summer jobs for teens

Looking to earn some extra cash over the summer? Here are five jobs you could be doing during the holidays.

Retail interview questions

Looking for a role in retail? Here’s how to put yourself in the shop window and nail the interview process.

Five sectors with the biggest salary increases in 2021

It’s no secret that job vacancies are booming right now. Here are five sectors seeing the biggest salary increases so far in 2021.

Three reasons now is the perfect time to find a job in London

Considering a new career in the capital? Here are just three reasons why now is the perfect time to find a job in London.

Work from home jobs

Five of the best data entry jobs you can do from home

If you’re looking for a role that offers great flexibility, here are five of the best data entry jobs you can do from home. 

Working from home mental health tips

COVID-19 hasn’t just taken a toll on our physical health. Here are some of our top tips on how to work from home, and keep your mental health in check.

Work from home jobs

Want to work from home? Here are some careers to consider, and some of our top tips to help you get there:

How to: Find remote work

Want to work from home. Every. Single. Day? To make sure you’re first in line, here’s how to find remote work – and actually get it.

Remote working interview questions

Not sure how to prove you’d be great at remote working? To help you with your interview preparation, here are five of the most common remote interview questions – and our advice on how to answer them:

Other advice on: Getting Started

Revealed: The biggest frustrations about searching for work in 2021

We surveyed 2,000 workers across the UK to find out their biggest bugbears when searching for work. Here’s what they had to say.

Six extracurricular activities to add to your CV

Wondering how you can add a little extra to your CV? We’ve already covered whether you should include your hobbies, but here are five extracurricular activities you might want to add to your CV.

16 inspirational quotes all jobseekers should read

Great jobs aren’t always easy to find. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And to prove it, we’ve found 16 of the most inspirational quotes that are guaranteed to help you see the bright side (thanks, internet):