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The Graduate’s Guide To The Job Market

By Scarlett @BubbleJobs

When I first began my job search I remember feeling a bit lost and being overcome by the number of different ways that you can get a job. You’ve got job boards, recruiters, aggregators and direct employers to choose from and it can be a bit tricky to get your head around them all!

You’ve already got your CV to tailor to each application, the nerve wracking interview to think about and now, to top it all off, when you Google a job role you’re bombarded with loads of different options. It’s easy to get a little bit overwhelmed by it all, but after you’ve had a read of this blog you’ll (hopefully!) have a better understanding of how the job market works.

I’ve come up with a step-by-step explanation of the job market to make sure you make the most of your job search.

 Job Boards

Ok so I’ll start with job boards. A job board, in simple terms, is a website that advertises job vacancies for recruiters/employers – they’re just an advertising platform. When you visit a job board you’ll see loads of vacancies – you can then click on the job you want to apply for and you’ll either be asked to upload your CV which will then be directly emailed to the recruiter/employer – or you’ll be forwarded onto the employer/recruiter’s own site.

There are two main types of job boards – generalist and specialist. Generalist job boards advertise jobs in all industries, while specialist job boards, like Bubble Jobs, specialise in advertising jobs in certain industries. A big misconception is that job boards provide the same one to one treatment as a recruiter would – this is NOT the case. A job board is simply there to advertise a role and offer advice through their website and social media – they won’t actually look at your CV and/or be able to recommend you for an interview.  Check out our blog on how to make the most of job boards.


Next up, we’ve got aggregators – this is where you’ll find most of the jobs out there plonked into one place – it’s basically the Google for the job market. Aggregators (like Indeed) basically take feeds from different jobs boards and sites and publish all the vacancies on one site. You can then click on them and it takes you to the job site.

Got it? Well, get ready to get confused. Sometimes employers and recruiters can publish their vacancies directly onto an aggregator, effectively cutting out job boards altogether.

It’s very easy to forget about job boards and recruiters when you’ve got an aggregator to look at – but remember not all job boards, employers and recruiters put their roles on aggregators – so it’s important not to rely on aggregators alone.


If you don’t come across a recruiter throughout your job search then I’ll be very surprised. In simple terms recruiters are employed to fill job vacancies – so they’re a handy contact to have. Recruiters advertise jobs on behalf of employers then assess CVs and put candidates forward for interviews.

Just like job boards, there often tends to be two types of recruiters – general and specialist.

Some of you may think that you have to pay your recruiter for helping you find a job – but it’s always the employer that pays! Recruiters can be very useful in your job search but don’t rely on them completely – they’re busy people and sometimes may struggle to get in touch. So it’s important to use job boards and aggregators as well, to improve your chance of getting a job.

Direct Employers

Last but by no means least we’ve got direct employers – these are the people that you’re going to be working for. Some companies advertise their vacancies on their own website so if there’s a company you really want to work for – you can have a look at their website and see if they’ve any suitable vacancies.

In addition, lots of direct employers also use job boards and aggregators – so it’s best to keep an eye on all platforms when looking for a new job.

So there we go – hopefully after reading this you’ll feel a bit clearer about the graduate job market! If you’re looking for a graduate digital job then have a look at Bubble’s digital job board.

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