Careers sites



To attract great talent, your employer brand needs to connect with its intended audience. The very first touch-point is most often your careers website! This is where prospective applicants first come to understand what it would be like to work here, and what vacancies are available.

A great careers site means finding great applicants. Having a great careers site is a key component of your recruitment strategy.

A great site should look good, load quickly, be mobile enabled and easy to use. In short, simple powerful, elegant, fast and accessible!

Some best practice examples:

This functionality should not be confused with Recruitment Marketing Web Pages.

Making a great careers site

On the organisation's website or intranet there is usually a careers section that has general information about working there.

Within this careers section is an open vacancies list, a job search and a job mail sign up. It's these three components that originate from PageUp's Recruitment module.

The following videos will help show how to create a great website.

Design Considerations

Best Practice recommends a prominent Careers button on the home page of your website.

Links to job viewing and searching functionality should be dominant on your careers home page, and all other pages within your careers website. When hovering over the Careers button on this website, the following links to PageUp hosted pages are visible:

  • Job search
  • Existing applicant sign in
  • Job mail

Search Behaviour

The keyword search behaviour of the careers site matches jobs to a search query by way of single terms. For example: if the query of graduate software engineer is entered, jobs that contain any of the matching single terms (graduate OR software OR engineer) will be returned.

Phrase searching is currently not supported.

When using multiple filters, the following example explains the AND vs OR logic:

Work Type

  • Work type 1
  • Work type 2
  • Work type 3


  • Location 1
  • Location 2
  • Location 3


  • Category 1
  • Category 2
  • Category 3

From the above, if the underlined filters are selected, any jobs matching the below will be returned in the results:

(work type 1 OR work type 2) AND
(Location 2) AND
(Category 1 OR Category 2 OR Category 3)


The following platforms for careers sites are currently offered:

Dynamic template

Usually the careers home page and general careers information about your company is hosted and maintained internally, on your own servers. Other parts of the careers website, such as job searching and application forms are hosted by PageUp. This dynamic template platform is PageUp's standard offering for careers sites.

PageUp hosts internal and external listings. These pages can be styled via a dynamic template to sit seamlessly within the overall user experience of the client's corporate or careers site.

The dynamic template is a simple technique that provides clients the flexibility to update their career page without having to notify PageUp. The overall styling and design of the client's careers page will be dictated by the dynamic template. The dynamic template gives you control over all images, stylesheets and JavaScript used within the template. PageUp careers’ pages will be hosted on PageUp servers. PageUp will scrape the content of the dynamic header and footer from your dynamic template and merge the jobs data content onto the page. Any updates to your corporate branding, images or links can be changed on the dynamic template and will be reflected on the PageUp hosted elements overnight.

For more information refer to Careers Templates and Building a dynamic template.

Pre-designed branded job listing

For clients who do not have the resources to create a dynamic template, or have simple brand requirements, PageUp can host a branded job listing on behalf of the client. Clients can choose a website design from a selection of predefined templates, provided by PageUp as specified on Careers Templates.

Static template

While no longer a standard offering, PageUp can offer a static careers page for clients that do not have the resources or capacity to create a dynamic template. For more information refer to Static template.


Widgets are a good fit for when you need to present specific careers related information or functions on a website. They're not a good fit for creating full careers sites.

Widgets are designed to be used by the client on their own self-hosted websites, allowing the integration of Jobs data into the wider corporate website. Each widget will produce a 'wireframe' HTML element which can then be styled by the client to fit in the rest of the parent webpage.

For a more information refer to Building widgets.

Dynamic template and widget feature matrix

Below is a features matrix to further assist in determining which platform to adopt.

  Dynamic template Widgets / RSS / JSON
Job mail Yes Yes
Job mail notification can be styled Yes No
Design templates Yes No
Email a friend Yes No
Employee referral Yes No
Invite to apply / Link builder Yes No
Keyword searching Yes Yes
Search filters Yes Yes
Mobile compliant Yes No
Real time searching Yes No
Send me jobs like these function Yes No
Hidden jobs (blind jobs) Yes No
Column sort function on search results No No
Know the number of matches from search filter applied Yes Yes
Campaigns Yes No
Search results supports position as a column Yes Yes
Search results supports work type as a column Yes Yes
Search results supports location as a column Yes Yes
Search results supports closing date as a column Yes Yes
Search results supports brand as a column Yes Yes
Search results supports job no. as a column Yes Yes
Categories as a search filter is supported Yes Yes
Locations as a search filter is supported Yes Yes
Work type as a search filter is supported Yes Yes
Paging of results by way of 1,2,3 or similar No Yes
More jobs function Yes No
More jobs function displays how many more jobs there are Yes No
Always display Powered by PageUp Yes Yes
Multi-language compliant Yes No

Use on a mobile device

Viewing on a mobile device

It's best practice to develop your careers site to be mobile responsive. This makes your jobs much more accessible to applicants and will give applicants a great experience when looking for opportunities on the go.

This is achieved by using a mobile responsive dynamic template. All careers sites will inherit a default mobile view in cases where the careers site is not mobile responsive.
Below is an example of a mobile responsive careers site:


Searching on mobile careers sites

The search functionality behaviour on the mobile device is similar to that on the desktop.

Search for a job field - For example, if the query of graduate software engineer is entered, jobs that contain any of the matching single terms (graduate OR software OR engineer) will be returned.

Location (optional) - This is not a keyword search but rather performs a location order sort on the results returned. For example, if "Melbourne" was entered, then the 75 jobs (from the above example) would be ordered based on the best location match to "Melbourne". It is not a filter jobs located in "Melbourne".



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