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Please note: The National/Non regional menu item in 'Region' will give you only the ads which are not specific about their region. It will not give you all regions.

Leave an item blank if you want all. eg - to get all regions, don't select anything

Search for Jobs, Courses, Notices or Directory ads by clicking the relevant search button.

You can search in a number of ways: By navigating through the hierarchy of categories, grades, regions, course types etc to find the job, course or other advertisement you’re interested in.

The more criteria you add the more specific the search will be.  You can use the keyword field to narrow your search even more. For example, if you wanted to find a job at St George’s Hospital that a friend told you they’d seen, you can type ‘Georges’ in the keyword field. This will return only those ads that contain that word.

If you want to search for more than one word in an ad, you should use ‘AND’ (note the capital letters). So, for example, if you wanted to search for jobs in Psychiatry at St George’s, you would type ‘St AND Georges AND Psychiatry’.

If you want to search for a particular phrase just put it in quotes; For example, "child and adolescent psychiatry".

Finally, you can search on the advertisement number. This is the number that is printed with each ad in the print edition of BMJ Careers. This can be useful if you are looking for an ad that you’ve seen in print that has supporting (adplus) documents advertised. Look for the adplus logo on the print ad and use the advert’s number to find the extra information on the web version of the ad.

When you have your search results you can use the options to the right to either expand or narrow your search. Just adjust your search criteria and click ‘Refresh results’

How to Save a Search

In order to save a search, you first need to register.  Go to the homepage and click ‘Register here’ and complete the registration form.

Once you have completed registration and logged in using your email address and password, you will be able to save searches.

Conduct a search (eg Hospital Jobs>Consultant> Anaesthesia>London+South East). When you have your search results, click on the ‘email me jobs like these’ link at the top of the list.

You will then see a page where you can save the search and set an email alert. You can set the frequency of the alert and you can amend the search criteria.

You can also save your search as an RSS feed so you can be alerted as soon as any advertisements that match your search criteria appear on the site.

You can set up as many alerts or feeds as you like. You will be sent an email for each search that you save.

How to use RSS

As well as an email alert you can get jobs directly to your desktop in an RSS feed as soon as they are put on the site.

Now, when you save a search for a job you will see an option to make an RSS feed of that search. By adding that feed to a browser or a news reader (for instructions on how to do this see below) you can get the jobs almost the moment they're posted on bmjcareers.com

What is RSS?

RSS is commonly known to stand for 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS feeds are designed to be read by a special program on your PC or newer versions of the most popular browsers. It might help to think of them as a free, internet version of the old-fashioned ticker-tape news wire machines.

RSS allows you to view new content on sites over the internet. You can get the latest headlines and articles in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to visit several sites a day.

With BMJ Careers, you can use RSS to keep up to the minute tabs on new jobs. As well as an email alert you can get jobs directly to your desktop in an RSS feed. The real advantage is that you can get updated with new advertisements as often as every 15 minutes compared to daily email alerts.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

You will need an RSS-capable web browser or a piece of software called a news reader that checks RSS feeds from your selected websites and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them.

There are 2 ways to do it:

  1. Browser-based: Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2
  2. An RSS news reader such as the one found at www.rssreader.com.

Please note: You will need to be logged in to make an RSS feed. If you aren’t yet registered, do so here

Using Internet Explorer 7 browser

The new version of Internet Explorer (version 7, which can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com ) can make use of RSS feeds.

  • Simply do a search for example, Consultant>Anaesthesia> London and click on ‘email me jobs like these’ at the top of your search results
  • After giving your saved search a name, choose whether you want to also receive an alert by email (you can choose not to by choosing ‘never’ in the drop down menu) and click ‘Save search’
  • You will then see your saved searches in a list. Over on the right is an orange RSS button. Click it and the feed will open in a browser window. Then click on the 'Plus' or click ‘subscribe to this feed’ to add it to the feeds list in your ‘ Favorites Center’. From that point, whenever new jobs arrive on the site they will be added to your feed automatically (You can even adjust how often Explorer checks for new jobs by looking at the ‘feed properties’).
  • Simply click on the advert’s headline to go to the full ad on the website

Using the Mozilla Firefox browser

Another way to check for RSS news feeds is to use the Firefox web browser. You can download this from www.getfirefox.com.

It works in a similar way to Internet Explorer 7. When you click on the orange RSS button to view the feed of a search you have made, you will see a ‘subscribe now’ button. Clicking this adds a bookmark for this feed and new jobs are added as they arrive. Choose the job you want to view from the drop down menu and it will be displayed on bmjcareers.com

Mac users: Either Safari or Firefox do an equally good job with RSS feeds