Looking online has fast become the easiest and most popular way for candidates to find jobs. 30% of all Google searches* are now employment related. However, with so many job websites to choose from, it’s hard to decide which sites are the best for you. Many candidates find it hard to distinguish between the many online options available when job browsing, as a lot of job websites look pretty similar! So here’s our guide to the five different types of ways of finding a job online, outlining everything you need to know to help you in your job hunt.
1. Big Job Boards
Big job boards can be a good starting place for an online job search. There are several of them – Reed and Total Jobs being two of the biggest. With thousands of jobs to choose from, you won’t be limited for choice. However, everyone knows about them, so you’ll often be fighting against hundreds of other candidates. Another point to bear in mind is that it can be hard to drill down to find flexible jobs, although there is usually a check box to narrow your search to part time jobs.
Instead of using giant, broad-based job boards, Timewise Recruitment’s director, Veronica Wint, recommends candidates use jobs board aggregators, like Adzuna. These are “one-stop destinations” that display postings from hundreds of job boards across the internet. You search the position and location you want, and the aggregator will show all the openings that match.
However, if an employer posts a role on more than one job board, it’s possible that it’ll show up multiple times on an aggregator’s list- this means you should be extra vigilant when looking at jobs, as you won’t want to apply for the same job on different sites! As Veronica states, you’ll just appear “inattentive and unfocused, and more often than not kill your chances of snagging an interview.”
3. Niche Job Boards
If you’re looking to go into a certain industry or type of work, use niche job boards to narrow your search. These will list specific roles you’re interested in and will provide specialized advice.
Furthermore, your CV may receive more attention when you apply through a niche job board, as the amount of candidates won’t be as large as more general job boards.
Here are a few examples of specialist job boards:
- Part time jobs and flexible working options (we have to flag this one!) – Timewisejobs.co.uk
- Accountancy: Accountingjobstoday.com
- Higher Education: greateducation.co.uk/further-and-higher-education-jobs
- Marketing: Talentzoo.com
- HR: Changeboard.com
- Charity: Shinecharityrecruitment.co.uk
- Technology: Dice.com
- The Arts: artsprofessional.co.uk/jobs
4. Recruitment Agencies
If you like the idea of having someone who can guide you through the job application process, try signing up with a recruitment agency. Once a consultant decides they like you for a job, they will give you advice on your CV, match you with other suitable jobs and organise your interviews, meaning the application process is handled for you. The benefits of this are that you get personalised help and advice and feel supported throughout. The downside is that, because the agency is an intermediary, you have no direct contact with the employer until you get an interview.
5. Social Media
Social media is a whole new avenue for exploring job opportunities. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter offer an alternative way to access jobs posted on various other websites, and enable you to find out directly when companies are hiring. Follow relevant companies and job sites on these platforms to keep up to date when jobs roles are available.
For more information on how to use social media for your job hunt, stay tuned for next week’s article!...