Online recruitment has been one of the major success stories over the past few years with thousands of sites now operating in the UK alone. This massive growth has changed the way jobs are advertised and found. Only a small percentage of jobs end up in the back of newspapers or trade magazines now; they are a dying service for job seekers as the plummeting advertising revenues for this media will testify.
Every major company or recruitment agency in the UK will now display vacancies on their own website. They will use at least one job board to find the skills and talent they need for their business, either by posting their vacancies or by accessing a database of registered candidates.
If you want to find work, you need to use internet job boards to help you, simply because that's where employers today are looking to find skills that you have. The easiest place to start is to type in your basic requirements into your favourite search engine, such as Google. When the results come back, you are going to have links to several different resources:
Job Search Engines / Aggregators
Search engines gather lists of jobs from many of the big job sites, employers and recruitment agencies and then allow you to search all the jobs in their database using a single search. This is much quicker than going to all the individual job sites, and performing searches yourself, but they can be a little inaccurate.
Job boards are websites that specialize in job vacancy advertising. They display many jobs from employers and recruitment agencies. The big job boards have vacancies in all sectors and industries, whilst niche boards are dedicated to one particular area/industry. Portals and online versions of magazines / newspapers are the online editions of the local, national, and industry newspapers and magazines and tend to have fewer job vacancies than the job boards. However, the vacancies are of a high quality and, at executive level, are still the media of choice.
Recruitment Agency Sites
These sites will display the vacancies they are recruiting for on behalf of their clients. They may have many more vacancies that are not advertised so it's wise to telephone them first and enquire about your preferred type of role before discounting the company.
Employer Career Sections
Larger companies will have a comprehensive careers section to their website, which will include a list of vacancies.
How to Search
Keywords are words, phrases, and terms that you can enter to describe technical and professional experience, locations and company names. By typing in various keywords, you will maximize your chances of retrieving jobs that most accurately match your search. If the jobs that come back in your results are not what you expect, try using the 'Advanced' or 'More Search Options' function, which will allow you to be more specific. If you are searching for a job title, which applies across different market sectors, "Project Manager" is a good example; you'll need to use advance search fields to filter out roles that are unsuitable.
How do you receive information about new jobs when you are too busy to look?
When you visit a job board, agency or any employer or at site you will be offered the chance to register. In most cases you can ignore this and simply apply for the role you are interested in. However, usually the site will offer some additional functionality like the ability to set up job alerts. When you register on a site, your details will be stored on the database for potential employers to find. Most agencies and some employers spend a large proportion of their time searching through these databases, so this is a good opportunity for the right job to find you.
Set up Search Agents
Most sites will also allow you to create so-called 'Job Alerts' or 'Search Agents' to proactively find jobs for you and then email them on a regular basis. Most job boards and agencies offer you this for free, but usually you have to register with the site to take advantage.
Optimize your CV
If you are going to register your CV with job boards and agencies, the best way to get it noticed is through optimal use of keywords. Keyword rich CVs are definitely more effective than regular resumes. Today, recruiters search for resumes using some generic / specific keywords. The systems are they use are keyword driven. If your CV carries the particular keyword they are seeking, preferably in the title, your details will be a preferred choice. The purpose of optimizing your CV is just to get it found, so the best practice is to incorporate the keywords into the title and summary section. Detailed information about qualifications and experience can be provided later. The main reason to incorporate keywords into the CV is to have as many matches as possible between the CV and the job posting. The more exact matches, the better, so make sure you have your desired job title and key experience.
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