LSE CareerHub should be your main job hunting resource as an LSE student or recent graduate, but there are many other employment websites you can use in addition to maximise your chances of finding work.
It is important to choose an appropriate website before starting your online job search. Typing a job title, employer and location into a general search engine like Google or Bing may lead to an occasional lucky discovery, but for a more efficient search you will require a job listings website.
These websites come in two main varieties, job boards and aggregate job sites.
Job boards are sites where employers post vacancies, and usually feature a search engine style interface and browsing options.
- Usually have a formal approval procedure in place, so jobs posted there are likely to be legitimate and the employers reputable.
- Job descriptions will normally conform to standard format determined by those who run the job board, so vacancies are easy to compare.
- Competition may be fierce as job boards are searched by millions of people every day.
- Results may be skewed towards larger employers, as these sites sometimes charge a fee to advertise positions or give jobs a special promotion.
Please note: LSE Careers do not charge employers to post or promote their vacancies on LSE CareerHub.
Aggregate job sites
Aggregate job sites, also known as 'meta-search engines', do not host job listings themselves, but enable users to search for vacancies across multiple websites via a single search page.
- Larger number of results returned than on a standard job board, more choice for those unsure about their career options.
- Quicker than searching several job boards one at a time.
- Display vacancies from a wide range of employment websites, and each of these could potentially be used for future job searches.
- Lack of an official approval procedure means the same job may feature several times if they have been pulled from different job boards, and jobs may be out of date or irrelevant.
- Funding usually comes from adverts, and the adverts on job sites are sometimes designed to look like vacancies.
- Some job boards such as Monster ban metasearch engines from displaying their vacancies on their results pages.