Online job boards can be a great way of finding work opportunities for contractors.
Depending on what industry you work in and the level of experience you have, some job boards may work better for you than others.
It’s likely that tailoring your CV and cover letter to match the specifications of the job you are applying for, will improve your chances of getting noticed.
As well as being an active searcher on job boards, sharing your details with recruitment agencies and umbrella companies are other paths to finding work for many contractors.
To help with the job search, we have rounded up some of the best job boards for contractors and consultants in a variety of sectors including IT, engineering, construction, media and more.
The professional social network, LinkedIn, is a job board giant with millions of job listings across all industries.
What distinguishes LinkedIn from other job boards is that you can often see the profile of the person posting the job which gives you the chance to contact them directly and stand out from the crowd.
For IT contractors, itjobboard.net is worth uploading your cv to and searching on. From JAVA to SAP to PHP roles, there are new UK-wide jobs uploaded each day.
Jobserve advertises contract and interim job opportunities internationally. You can find jobs in top industries including engineering, IT, oil and gas, energy, consulting, construction, marketing and more.
The brand was the world’s first internet recruitment service, created by two IT contractors themselves.
As the name suggests, the Just Engineers job board is perfect for engineers searching for new contracting opportunities.
From electrical engineering to maintenance engineering to managerial roles, the site allows you to search by job title, skills and companies you may be interested in contracting for.
Fircroft was established by a well-connected Manchester based engineer in 1970.
Initially working for an oil and gas company, Fircroft’s help in finding new hires led onto him outsourcing a whole department and subsequently opening his own business.
Fircroft is a great board for oil and gas contractors, with both UK based and international roles advertised.
For any contractors searching for a technical or IT based role, Technojobs advertises thousands of new roles each month.
Some of the brands they have advertised jobs for include O2, HM Revenue & Customs, Barclays and the NSPCC.
Worksome is a handy platform for consultants and freelancers looking for their next contract. Differently to the other job boards mentioned so far, Worksome is an all in one platform. Contracts, billing and payments are processed through the website.
The Guardian newspaper has it’s own job board at jobs.guardian.com displaying a range of contract and interim roles from top employers. The website is easy to use and allows you to quickly set up job alerts so you can stay in the know.
If you’re looking for an IT role specifically, itcontractjobs.co.uk, part of Techno Jobs, is a job board worth registering with. They advertise all kinds of IT contract roles in and outside of the UK, for Developers, Analysts, Software Engineers and more.
Monster is another well-known job board with its iconic purple monster. Using the filters you can select ‘Contract’ under ‘Job Status’.
If you’re looking for a freelance role you can do from home, rather than only selecting your current location, select ‘All Cities’ from the ‘City’ tab.
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