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Job searching online

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 five top 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 your opportunities - They 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.
  • 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.

Job searching offline

You can use traditional methods of job searching, such as newspapers to find a job. Jobs are advertised in a wide range of national daily papers to local and regional daily or weekly papers. Your local library will often have copies of all the latest newspapers for you to use. You will also find regional jobs only papers. Ask your local newsagent to find out which papers are available in your area.

Hidden jobs market

Only around 40 per cent of jobs are advertised. That means that the majority of jobs are filled without advertising could be by word of mouth or by networking.

Why are so many vacancies unadvertised?

Advertising is expensive. It takes a lot of time to sort through application forms, CVs, and interview individuals. Employers can get around this by promoting from within the organisation or by employing people who have approached them directly. Some organisations actively encourage their staff to refer friends with suitable skills.

What is networking?

Networking can simply be the passing on of information. You network every day, whether you realise it or not. When speaking to a friend you might recommend a film, a hairdresser etc. so why not apply this to your job searching. It is quite natural to be a little anxious about networking if you've never done it before.

But take an organised approach and try following these steps:

  • Make a list of who you know – Including what position they hold and who they might know.
  • Identify existing networks – Check out industry conferences, events and forums. Join business networking sites such as LinkedIn. Look for relevant groups and organisations on social networking sites including Facebook.
  • Plan your approach – If you're networking by phone or at a jobs fair, have a clear idea of who you want to talk to, why you are interested in the organisation and why you're approaching them.
  • Know your stuff – When approaching an organisation, be sure to research what it does and what your contact's role is.

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