Totaljobs.com is one of the UK's leading jobs boards, attracting over 5.1 million jobseekers every month on the hunt for one of over 90,000 live job ads the site carries at any one time. All of this activity generates over 2.2 million applications a month, cementing totaljobs.com strong reputation among jobseekers and recruiters alike. Thousands of recruiters from multinationals to smaller regionally based businesses, recruitment consultants and advertising agencies use totaljobs.com to recruit individuals across almost every sector in the UK.
A leading and long standing UK jobs website, totaljobs.com stives to take the luck out of both finding a job and finding the perfect candidate. With a truly national coverage and a gateway to international recruitment through The Network, totaljobs.com can help employers find the talent they need.
Jobboard Finder’s opinion
Summary: There are many different links on the TotalJobs generalist job board (including two different “About Us” sections), but ultimately, it’s easy to find the right information. Totaljobs belongs to the Totaljobs Group Ltd. (a subsidiary of StepStone), which also includes CareerStructure.com, Caterer.com, Catererglobal.com, CWJobs.co.uk, RetailChoice.com. The website has been around since the turn of the century, so it’s had time to become a trusted job board. In fact, it’s the second most popular job board in the UK (behind indeed.co.uk) and the 142nd most visited website in the country. To earn that ranking, it gets roughly 15.71 million views a month (which is double what it was 3 years ago). If social media is anything to go by, Totaljobs is doing pretty well: 45 000 Twitter followers, 83 407 on Facebook, 2 067 Youtube followers (and hundreds of videos) and the Totaljobs Group has over 5 940 followers on Linkedin. A list of partner website are available in the footer, not to mention three featured partners Workray, Good&Co. (which provides a series of personality tests), CV KnowHow, which improve the Totaljob services.
Design: Their current slogan is “elevate your reach”, which is next to a photo of people in an elevator on the homepage. Over the image, there is the search engine (keywords, location and distance). There are recommended jobs, and job by sector, by location, by company, popular searches, entry level jobs and part time jobs. They also list their various services with icons and present some of the top companies (which are all hiring). Don’t be surprised if you see advertising for jobs, which resemble pop-ups: TotalJobs earns a part of their sales revenue from sponsorship. Once in the job listing, the filters are the location, the distance, the salary, the publication date, the recruiter (agency or a direct employer), the type of contract, the related jobs and popular employers. Some job offers are “featured”, others are “premium”, the new ones say “new”. The job offers, once opened, can be extremely customized or relatively standard (depending on the package deal).
The job board objective: TotalJobs is the total package: advice, tests, videos, ratings, customization, salary information, etc. Oh, and job offers.
Recruiter observations: On the recruiter page, the logo goes from a green “t” on a white background to a white “t” on a green background. “Who we are” and “advertise now” both lead to the recruiter page (so does “why use TotalJobs”, but to the “about us” recruiter page). Pricing information is available on the website and according to TotalJobs, there are 16 million searchable CVs. The partnership with the ATS SmartRecruiters is a plus, as are other services like targeted e-mails and or better visibility. It’s easy to create an account and the credit purchasing is simple too!
Jobseeker observations: To create an account, you need to include your current or last position and your salary. You also need to confirm whether you can work in the EU and the UK. To apply to job offers, you can use the “one-click apply” or edit your profile before sending an application. The website tells you the name of the person your application has been sent to.
The job offers: There are 284 669 job offers, with over 4 000 of them overseas. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of job offers in all of the different sectors.
Special features: #millionpoundjamie (a million pound investment into improving Jamie Mudle’s CV, interview skills and there are videos to prove it); #theelevatorpitch; the blog (many interesting articles); the Youtube videos (including “what it’s like to work in…” videos); company ratings; the salary checker (information on low, average and high salaries in a variety of industries and how the salary varies from location to another; suggested jobs – for some roles, they do not have enough information); job alerts; the recruiter survey; the icons; “one-click apply”.
Verdict: TotalJobs has something for everyone. If you don’t need a job or a new employee, you can still benefit from their interesting articles and salary information, or watch some of the humorous videos.
Written by Ali Neill
As the job board tester and blog editor for the Jobboard Finder, Ali works on job boards from all around the world and keeps a close eye on the recruitment trends thanks to a number of sources, including the website's social media pages.
Additional job board information
• Online campaign: The Job Academy. A 7 part online mini-series where we take 5 young jobseekers and introduce them to a team of experts, headed up by career guru Aimee Bateman. The series follows them as we turn the struggling jobseekers into ideal candidates. Promotion of this came through social media and YouTube. • Sponsorships of events and recruitment fairs • Stalls at Recruitment fairs • Campaigns across paid and organic search • Partnering with aggregators • Display advertising
Totaljobs.com founded The Network in 2002 as an international alliance of jobs boards, which operates in over 100 countries and has a combined monthly traffic exceeding 47 million unique users. UK recruiters can benefit from a single entry point via totaljobs.com, allowing them to advertise their jobs and source candidates in or from any Network country globally.
• The ability to save jobs in a Jobs Basket - This will be available on desktop/mobile/tablet to improve jobseeking on the move • Stepmatch - The best and most accurate search engine in the industry with a dedicated team constantly updating it • Autosuggest and ‘Did you mean’ functions in our searches • Mobile optimisation of key pages and emails • Technology in place to reduce duplicate applications • Allow recruiters to choose who sees their job ads based on the candidates IP address
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Definitely the best job board in the UK!
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