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' search panel, located at each page on the website and click on the "search jobs" button. Alternatively you can search for a reed.co.uk job reference number.

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 jobs recommended to you, within your preferred industry sectors, on your homepage. Simply sign in to reed.co.uk and visit 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. There are two places where you can view your recent searches from: When you return to the site, you'll see your 'Recent searches' once you start typing in the field of the 'Find a job' search panel. Click on the name of your last search to update results for that search. Alternatively, sign in to reed.co.uk and you will be able to see your 'Recent searches' on the homepage, on the right hand side of the page. Click 'Manage searches' to view and edit them.

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 'Shortlist' next to any job on the search results page or on the job details page.

The jobs can then be found by clicking 'Shortlisted jobs' at the top of the page. If you're signed in, the jobs will be saved to your account and you could view them from other devices. 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 shortlisted 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.

Can I have jobs emailed to me?

If you're registered with reed.co.uk, you can create up to ten 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. Please note, you will not be able to edit your saved searches and job alerts frequency without an account.

The jobs you email me aren't what I'm looking for, how can I update them?

You can update your email alerts by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner of any page when you're signed in and clicking 'Saved searches & email alerts'. From the saved searches page, click on the name of any saved search to view and edit it.