There are a lot of ways of looking for work. Knowing what they are and how to make the most of them will help make your search for a job a lot easier.
Job searching on the internet
Many of us use the internet in our everyday life. The internet and online job hunting has transformed the way we look for jobs, making searches quicker, easier and often a lot wider. If you want to avoid checking through hundreds of vacancies, it is important to make your search as targeted as possible.
Here are some tips to for online job searching:
- Check the deadline or closing date for applications - Most sites are good at removing vacancies that have passed. But it is always a good idea to double check the deadline. Don’t waste time sending an application that might not be considered. If you’re not sure, email the employer or phone the company to check that the vacancy still exists.
- Don’t limit the opportunities - Opportunities can spring up in the least expected places. If you’re not finding the right vacancy for you, try browsing related categories and searching by alternative job titles. You could widen the geographical area of your search as long as you are realistic as to where you can travel to.
- Read the terms and conditions - Many recruitment sites will keep your CV on a database. Employers can then search through when they have a vacancy. As with everything you do online be sure that a site is secure before posting your personal details.
- Don’t become invisible - Applying online can sometimes feel like you’re sending your details into a black hole. Don't be afraid to call or send an email asking if your CV or application form has been received.
- Check your alerts - If the alerts you sign up to don’t deliver the vacancies you want, unsubscribe. Unwanted job alerts can clog up your inbox and you risk overlooking any that could be useful. If you have signed up to alerts and they are not coming through check your junk mail folder as your mail provider might be treating them as spam.