Job Search Guide
Today searching for work online has become a truly realistic option for job seekers as there are literally thousands of jobs being advertised at any one time however it is important to make sure that you approach this with realistic expectations.
How effective are online job boards?
Looking for work online has proved to be a really effective method for both employers and searchers but you should remember that there are 2 main approaches to consider. Most people do both at the same time
1 – Search through the many online job boards for specific jobs that are being advertised and apply.
2 – Upload your CV to the job boards and let the recruiters find you
Most of the largest websites like Monster & Totaljobs allow you to do both
Are there many to choose from?
There are literally hundreds of job sites out there from the more general boards to niche players with specialist expertise.
How do I choose which ones to use?
This will very much depend on the role you are searching for and your skills and qualifications.
Why should I register with a job site?
The benefit of registering with the online services is that you receive notification of any new jobs as they become available usually be email, also if you additionally lodge your CV with them recruiters can see your skills and contact you.
What is a job board?
A website where employers advertise job that they have. You will also find that many recruitment agencies will also advertise on job boards. The good news is that it’s the employers and agencies that pay for the service but the bad news is that you may find the same job being advertised many times by different agencies.
Are online job boards the only way of finding work online?
A significant number of vacancies never get advertised but are filled using other online methods i.e. networking, personal recommendations or social media including Facebook and Linkedin.
Will recruiters look at my Facebook page?
Many do, to obtain a background check on applicants before they call them for interview. You should make sure that you don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want a perspective employer to see.
What other methods of finding work are there?
A significant number of employers still use an agency to handle their vacancies either the government backed Job Centre or privately operated employment agency. In the past you would attend these agencies in person but more recently a lot of the communication can be done online.
How can I tell if an agency is good to work with?
An indicator is if they are a member of the REC which represents the recruitment industry within the UK. If they are a member they have to work to the REC code of conduct.
Can an agency charge me?
It is illegal for an agency in the UK to charge you for finding a job.
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