Sometimes it’s easy to spend entire days sat in front of the computer, especially if you’ve got a cup of tea in front of you and a few hours to kill. But what do you mainly use the internet for? Stalking the ex to see how fat they’ve got? Reading Text From Dog? Watching funny cat videos?
We know how fun these can all be (especially the texting dog one…epic lols), but if you’re looking for a new job, then why not try some online job-hunting?
We are not claiming to know everything about all the different recruitment websites out there as every site is different (although many are ridiculously similar), but we’ve spent many a time searching for jobs online, so here are our top tips on using jobsites to attract employers to your awesome CV and work potential.
Pick a specialist job board that works for you
Just like cake shops, with so many jobsites out there, it can be really confusing to know where to start. Do you ask a Monster for help? Go totally mental on Totaljobs? Climb onto Gumtree? Or ask that Max guy from Mad Dogs and Hotel Babylon on Jobsite?
If you don’t need any careers advice and already know exactly what industry you want to work in, then it’s always a good idea to start looking at specialist job sites. We don’t mean the raunchy kind of specialist (wash your dirty minds out), but sites that only advertise for a particular industry. You’ll find them for most careers, from media and finance, to retail and IT.
Most jobsites have clocked on to the need for specialist job boards, and have set up spin-off sites which only advertise a particular profession, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them. Google is your friend. WIN.
Be advanced with your searches
There’s nothing wrong with being advanced, whether you’re pining after someone or something, but especially when you’re job hunting.
Jobsites can have THOUSANDS of jobs on any given day, so whilst many say they’re advertising your dream job, what they don’t tell you is you’ll have to wade through several pages of untold shit to find it.
The easiest way to avoid the pages of unrelated crap is to customise yourself an advanced search. By simply putting in your desired location and general job description, you’ll be cutting down several hundred pages, and that’s without specifying salary and job level.
Sadly, you’ll still come across completely unrelated jobs, but you’ll see them less often. A bit like a distant relative that you only have to see once every 4 years.
Register with them
There’s two ways of keeping up-to-date with the latest jobs.
- Stay indoors for hours and constantly hit the refresh button (because you know the minute you don’t, will be the day when they advertise your dream job.)
- Register with the site. Sounds like you’re joining a cult…don’t worry you’re not. Registering often just involves uploading your CV and covering letter, telling the site what jobs you’re interested in, and providing an email address. Simples.
By registering with jobsites, you’ll have relevant jobs sent straight to your email the minute they get advertised so you don’t have to spend weeks trawling through jobs you don’t want.
Not only that, but your newly uploaded CV can now be viewed by potential employers too, so THEY can come to YOU for a change. By registering the jobsite does all the hard work for you, so you can go out and enjoy yourself.
Seems like a no brainer huh?
Use social media
That’s right, we’re genuinely giving you an excuse to go on Facebook, Twitter and any other social media sites you spend hours on anyway. Many companies now use social media as well as jobsites to advertise their latest vacancies and tell people what they have to offer.
So if you see your dream career advertised on a jobsite, put your internet stalking skills to good use and look at their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profile (make sure you follow or like them if it gives the option too for the latest updates).
You’ll not only have easy access to information that can help when it comes to adapting your covering letter, but you may see other jobs that they’re only advertising through social media (it does happen). If there are particular brands you want to work for, follow them too.
Then you can go back to tagging your friends in drunken photos and tweeting what you had for breakfast.
Three more serious tips…
- Adapt your CV and covering letters for every online job you apply for. Employers won’t be impressed if they can tell you’ve sent the same thing to every company, regardless of what the job was.
- Make a note of any jobs you apply for, there’s nothing more annoying than spending hours applying for jobs, only to apply for the same ones again the next day.
- Make a note of any contact information given in the advert before you click the “send” button. This way you can chase up employers if you don’t hear from them.
And there you have it – job hunting online made easy. What are your top online tips for landing your dream job?
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