With so many recruitment agencies and newspapers flooding today's market, finding a job can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. That is, until they all piled onto the Net. Today, everything you need to make that vital career move is at the end of a modem. And just as you would expect from the Internet, there's a huge amount of information available.
This month's listings look at a selection of the sites, covering career advice, information for personnel managers, sites dedicated to helping graduates reach the first step on their career ladder, and a smattering of sites on training.
It's impossible, however, to cover comprehensively the sites in all these areas. For each site we've covered under recruitment agencies alone, there are many more companies that can only be reached by email, and you'll find links to many of them from the pages in the guides and indices section.
There's also a range of approaches, from the static pages that have just been updated with a wordprocessor file of the current jobs to Java-enabled pages that allow you to construct a CV in a standard format and automatically receive notification of jobs - in some cases, before they appear in the morning newspaper.
There are even people using the Internet to change the way in which jobs are found, with free ads or lower commission charges when an agency places staff. Whatever your needs, whether you're looking for a job, recruiting staff or just hoping to keep abreast of employee legislation, you're certain to find it on the Net.
Career advice, sample interview questions, a live chat forum and information on how to network better. If you're thinking of changing jobs, this is a great site to visit for hints, tips and advice.
Computer Contractors Benefit Association
Professional support and advice for contractors working in the IT field.
DfEE Careers Service
A government site for the careers advice service, aimed at anyone aged between 14 and 19.
Federation of Recruitment and Employment Servicesbr> A range of information for both recruiters and job seekers, which includes a code of practice that agencies should follow, interview tips and extra information for people in the computing and childcare sectors.
UK Lifelong Learning
Specialist in IT contract staff, with online CV submission. Some permanent posts are also available.
IT specialist; online access to the jobs database is promised soon.
Bowden Gow Associates
Small agency for clients in Kent and Sussex.
A specialist agency for legal professionals with online CV submission.
Specialist in IT jobs for both the UK and Europe. Contract and permanent posts, but no search facility and poor Web design.
Specialist in positions in online documentation and other technical authoring.
Scottish specialist in IT recruitment.
Surrey-based IT agency specialising in Oracle and realtime markets.
Home page for a group of related companies, including Evergreen Resources, which is an environmental recruitment agency.
Executive Recruitment Services
An agency specialising in computing, electronics, aerospace and defence sectors. CVs can be submitted via a Web form.
Harrison Willis Group
The home page for a group of agencies dedicated to providing recruitment services in areas such as accountancy, law and financial services.
Recently voted IT Recruitment Service of the Year, though obviously not for the Web site, which features reloading pages designed to make your browser have a fit.
Specialist in contract and permanent IT recruitment.
A comprehensive site that, unlike some other agencies, has jobs in all market sectors. The journal provides a range of interesting articles. There's a page of links to other online recruiting agencies listing the number of vacancies that each has at present. You can register to receive daily bulletins of the latest jobs via email.
Edinburgh-based IT personnel specialist with online job search facility.
McKenzie Alan Electronics Recruitment
Specialist in recruiting for positions in electronics and related engineering disciplines. Contract and permanent posts are on offer.
MHC Consulting Services
Simple home page from a specialist in IT recruitment, offering both contract and permanent posts.
Specialist in creative and design positions, including graphic design, architecture, interior design and design management.
New Job Company
An agency that claims to break down traditional barriers between employers and employees. The agency specialises in IT contracting.
A dedicated Internet recruitment agency that allows online construction of CVs in a standard format and also provides facilities for employers and agencies to add vacancies to the database.
Packed with information for anyone seeking a job, including featured employers, information for those seeking work in the UK and a regional wage calculator.
Jobs and temporary work, with specialist members of the group dealing in legal and accountancy. International opportunities are also available.
A large IT recruitment firm in Europe, the site covers both contracting and permanent posts, with information for those thinking of going solo. There's a bounty system if you find a job that suits a friend better than it does you.
Boasting "Europe's best jobs", this site covers a wide range of employers, and you can even type in the reference from a newspaper ad for more details. Both contract and permanent posts are covered. Job seekers can register online and create a CV, allowing almost instant applications from job ads.
Specialist in contract IT positions, with some permanent posts also available in both the UK and the Far East.
ACU Career Services
Another useful list from a US university careers service, with extensive links to a wide range of different job services on the Net, mostly US based.
Career Resource Homepage
Links to a wide range of resources for job hunters, including professional organisations, career centres and universities across the US, and newsgroups where you may find useful information.
DataLake provides links to universities, a small selection of job opportunities, and contact details for career service providers in England. The Handbook of Careers Education and Advice provides a wealth of contacts for just about any type of career you can think of.
Surveys, graduate opportunities and articles to help you make the right decisions. A discussion forum is due to be launched soon.
The official database and Web site for the higher education careers services in the UK. It includes computer aided careers advice, job profiles, useful links, details of career services in the UK and Eire and a database of 1,500 graduate employers.
A database run by the career services of Wales, in conjunction with the Welsh Development agency. It aims to strengthen links between graduates and Welsh employers. The system provides facilities for people to add their CVs to the database online.
The Graduate Agency
A specialist site for graduates based around a form similar to the Standard Application Form. You can arrange to be contacted by email or phone.
GUIDES AND INDICES
Capital Net Cardiff
Links to resources for job seekers and anyone needing training in Cardiff and South Wales.
A brief list of links to recruitment firms worldwide.
UK Recruitment Index
A list of UK recruitment sites, it also offers listings of addresses to send your CV to.
ITTA's Virtual Recruiter
An Internet-based system designed to help companies track candidates, based on a central database stored on ITTA's computers. It can even search the Internet for CVs that match your criteria and contact the job hunters automatically for you.
Articles aimed at human resources managers from Business Monitor. Registration is required to access the pages, but there is no charge.
Aimed at people working in human resources, this site provides information on a wide range of topics, including recruitment, health and safety, employee relations and training.
Online access to journals from MCB University Press and discussion forums. A paid subscription is required.
National Training and Consultancy Index
A searchable index of training courses in the UK, plus additional resources for people working in human resources, based around a directory of topics. Registration is required for some areas.
Online version of a magazine aimed at human resources professionals, with tips and information, plus a discussion area where you can share experiences with others in the field. There's a searchable database of articles and information on how to make online recruiting work.
Belfast Telegraph Job Finder
A searchable job finder for positions in Northern Ireland advertised in the Belfast Telegraph.
City IT Jobs
Searchable database of contract and permanent IT jobs in the city, with the facility for agencies to submit new jobs to the system via the Web.
Online site for jobs advertised in Miller Freeman publications, including The Engineer, Electronics Times and Food Manufacture.
Emap Media Web
Jobs advertised in the Emap media publications - MediaWeek, Broadcast and Press Gazette.
Easy to use system based on a clickable map of Europe. Recruiters can place free ads, while candidates can submit CVs. Has useful links on working in Europe.
EXE Online Recruitment
A simple search system allowing access to permanent positions advertised in .EXE magazine.
Part of the human resources network, this service allows you to register your details then emails details of suitable jobs, both contract and permanent.
One of the largest and busiest recruitment sites featuring job ads found in all the VNU publications. You can search the site or arrange to be emailed when a suitable position appears.
Targeted at people in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, the site provides links to jobs and CVs, plus information for people new to the area.
Marketing and related vacancies from Marketing Week magazine. The site is updated weekly.
Slightly wacky design, but a useful site with careers information, employer profiles, details of local hiring events and online community forums.
Net Jobs UK
An online database of jobs, with the facility to send your CV (via a form) to a claimed 100 agencies.
Maintainers of a jobs database for a number of agencies. Windows users can download an application to help create a CV in the appropriate format for inclusion. The yearbook section provides info on the agencies.
Online access to all the jobs advertised in The Guardian, with daily email of new jobs that fit your criteria. Registration is required, but free of charge.
Specialist in executive careers, with company profiles and jobs in both the UK and Europe browsable by market sector. There are special sections for graduates and links to positions from many of the top recruitment companies in the UK.
Online access to the UK Vacancy Database, which is accessed by consultants, employers, colleges and other professionals. The system boasts an average of 1,700 new vacancies weekly.
A management training college designed specifically for executive education. Also provides consultancy services.
Business Development Opportunities
Training and other assistance for the TEC covering Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Cumbria Training & Enterprise Council (TEC)
One of a series of sites from TECs around the UK. Provides useful links and information on services such as Futures Plus, which provides help with training new employees.
TOP 10 JOB SITES
Online community focused on all aspects of job hunting. Vent your spleen in the busy chat area.
This American site doesn't carry job ads, but it's full of tips on successful CV writing, working from home and even starting up your own business. A chatty style that could be off-putting but isn't.
Jobs within minutes of availability. Includes vacancies from all market sectors.
A nice touch is quick skills, where you can enter your key skills for an instant search on current vacancies. Register to receive daily bulletins of the latest jobs via email.
Conservative but comprehensive site aimed at job seekers, employers and employment agencies.
A dedicated Internet recruitment agency that allows online construction of CVs in a standard format. Also provides facilities for employers and agencies to add vacancies to the database.
The online version of one the UK's best known recruitment agencies
Packed with information for job seekers, including company fact files, a discussion forum for personnel professionals and a regional wage calculator. It has links to hundreds of other job sites worldwide.
A recruitment site with a searchable database and advice.
One of the few sites that lets you fill in and submit your CV online, though you'll have to register first. Go to MarketPlace for links to company brochures, plus listings of all their vacancies.
Provides UK university students and graduates with employment details, articles and career advice.
Latest vacancies are listed on the home page so you can see what's available at a glance. Click on the survey link to find facts and figures relating to students and graduates.
Official database and Web site for the higher education careers services in the UK.
Site features computer aided careers advice, job profiles, useful links, details of career services in the UK and Eire and a database of 1,500 graduate employers and immediate vacancies.
Searchable jobs database from VNU Business
Publications, the publisher of Internet World.
One of the largest and busiest recruitment sites, featuring the ads found in all the VNU publications. You can search the site or arrange to be emailed when a suitable position appears.
This site is billed as a one-stop shop for all your career needs.
Number one site in terms of design, and the content is not bad either. Search for jobs, read company fact files or create a CV. Employers can post job vacancies too.
The Guardian's cyber job shop.
Online access to all the jobs advertised in The Guardian, with daily email of new jobs that fit your criteria. Registration is required, but it's free of charge.
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