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Is TalentPool effectively a members-only jobs board?

No! We don’t just list jobs, we deliver you with personalised jobs that match what you are looking for. By signing up to TalentPool, you’ll be exposed to more job opportunities than you could possibly apply for.

Do I have to pay to join TalentPool?

Absolutely not! As a job seeker you should never be paying to get a job – we’re here to take the stress out of finding a job, not to add to it.

Will I be inundated with random emails if I join?

No! We’ll never spam you. We’re not a jobs board or a mailing list – every interaction is direct and meaningful. When you’re matched with a role it means that the employer is genuinely interested in you.

What sort of employers use TalentPool?

We are used by hundreds of awesome companies ranging from tiny start-ups to big multi-nationals, financial services to social enterprises – you name it, we’ve got it. Like the majority of jobs out there in the real world though, 90% of our the roles on TalentPool are at start-ups and SMEs.

I’ve already graduated, should I bother signing up?

Absolutely! If you’re looking to find that perfect job to build you career then you’ve come to the right place. We have opportunities for candidates with up to 5 years’ experience.

Do my peers use TalentPool?

Probably! We have over 100,000 members so it’s pretty likely…

Are there restrictions on which employers can use TalentPool?

Absolutely! We only work with the best employers bringing you the most exciting jobs out there.

What sort of jobs are filled through TalentPool?

We specialise in Graduate roles (all sorts!) as well as Marketing, Operations and Sales roles for more experienced candidates.


Can I control what sort of employers contact me?

When you create your TalentPool profile you’ll be asked to state your preferences – you’ll only be contacted by employers that match what you’ve selected. You can log in to your profile at any time to make adjustments if you change your mind about what you’re looking for!

How much can an employer see about me on TalentPool?

Employers can’t see any of your personal details until you apply for one of their roles – you remain completely anonymous until you submit your CV as part of the application. So don’t worry, your current employer won’t know that you’re on TalentPool!

Can I control what an employer sees about me?

Since employers can’t see any of your personal details until you apply for a role, you’re 100% in control here.

Matching Process

What does being “matched” really mean?

If you’re matched with a role, it means that you fully match the criteria for it and that they you’d probably be a pretty great fit for it. It’s up to you to decide if the feeling’s mutual!

How many matches should I expect to get on TalentPool?

This depends on what kind of job you’re after and when you’d be available to begin, but you could expect to get matched as often as once a week if you’re wanting to start right away!

What can I do to maximise my chances of being matched with roles?

Make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date. Our sign up is quick and easy because we only include the bits employers care about, so this does mean that it should be filled in as fully as possible. The more we know about you, the more likely it is that we’ll match you with your perfect job!

Should I use other sites as well as TalentPool in my job search?

Yes – we’re still a young business and we do not claim to be the one and only way for everyone to find a job they’ll love. There’s a good chance you will find your dream job through TalentPool but there’s no harm in signing up to other sites too.

How long does it take to get a job through TalentPool?

This varies depending on what you’re looking for and when you’d like to start, but on average it should take around a month and a half.

Application Process

Once I’ve been matched with an employer, how long should I leave before replying?

We recommend responding to matches as early as possible. This should never take longer than 20 minutes and if the application cap is reached for a role, an employer might progress applications on a first come first serve basis. So, it’s good to get in there quickly to avoid disappointment!

Are short or long responses to employers’ questions better?

We would usually recommend for your answer to be over 3 sentences but fewer than 10! What’s more important than the length, however, is the quality and relevance of your responses. This is not a copy and paste job – make sure you put in the time to thoughtfully answer each question and to make it unique to that employer.

When can I expect to hear back from an employer once I’ve responded to their approach?

We urge employers to get back to all candidates quickly, so you should hear within 2 weeks after the deadline date. If you don’t, do get in touch with us so that we can find out why.

Is there someone at TalentPool I can speak with?

Of course! We love hearing from you and we respond quickly too. You can give us a call on 020 3126 4882 or drop us a line at with any questions or problems you may have. We’re more than happy to give careers advice if you ask.


Does TalentPool offer CV checking and advice services?

We don’t officially, but we’d be happy to give you some informal advice if you get in touch with us!

Can I apply to join the TalentPool team?

We do usually tend to hire by using, well, TalentPool! But if you think you’d make a great addition to the team, go ahead and send us your CV to

What do I do if my university isn’t listed on TalentPool?

Just let us know and we’ll add it on! We’re constantly expanding our ever-growing list of universities.