“ Category: Employment „
After being made redundant a few months ago, I decided that I would attempt a complete career change and apply for jobs within the NHS. I was pleased to discover that rather than having to keep track of available jobs at lots of different hospitals and trusts, all NHS jobs nationwide are advertised in one location at www.jobs.nhs.uk.
The website is very clear and easy to navigate, the colours, lettering and images are familiar and fit with the well known NHS brand that we all know. On the homepage, you are greeted by a photo of a member of NHS staff, these people are winners of the 'Face of NHS Jobs' contest and present a friendly and welcoming image to new visitors.
There are a number of ways to browse and search jobs. all available through the 'quick search' box on the left of the page. You can combine several search options to narrow down your results. Results are displayed clearly and can be arranged in a number of ways including by salary, date posted etc.
If you sign up to the site you can log in and save jobs that you are interested in to your 'job basket' and come back to them later. You will need to be logged in to apply online. Most job adverts contain attachments with job descriptions, person specifications and any other information you need to apply online, most usually have a contact phone number so if you want to speak to a real person and ask questions you can do that too.
The online form itself is very clear and easy to complete. It is divided into sections and you can save each section individually and move between them however you want. If you need to leave your application and go back to it later, it will be stored for you. All past applications, whether successful or not are also stored so you can refer back to them, which I found very useful when applying for similar jobs.
How quickly you get a response will depend on the individual trust, and ranges from no response at all, to a few days to nearly a month! You may be contacted by e-mail, phone or post so make sure you've entered all these details correctly and remember to update them if anything changes.
One tip for NHS job searching, some of the jobs will state specific closing dates on the advert, some won't, but even for the ones that do there is often a disclaimer stating that the advert will be withdrawn once a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you are applying for very popular, or entry level jobs that require no specific experience, then be aware that these attract huge numbers of applicants and sometimes the adverts vanish within a few hours. If you see a job you want, don't put off applying, do it straight away as it might be the only chance you get!
I have never had any problems with the NHS jobs website, it is well maintained and free of bugs or glitches and it is updated frequently (its worth checking a few times a day as new jobs are added all the time). If you are looking for a job in this sector, this website needs to be at the top of your favourites list!
Oh, in case you're interested, I should be starting my new NHS job in the not too distant future, I'm very excited, but haven't quite broken my old habit and still check this site most days!