Nowadays, one of the easiest ways to search for work is via the internet. There are plenty of opportunities out there for online jobseekers and the web takes away much of the time-consuming legwork involved in more traditional job hunting. That said, there are ways to maximise your search efficiency; here are some pointers to help you in your online job search.
There are so many jobs advertised online that it’s easy to spread your net too wide. Keep your search targeted to narrow down the options. Most recruitment and job search websites allow you to filter vacancies by job type, salary, location etc and it’s important that you take advantage of this facility.
There is always a closing date for applications on every job advertised. Most websites are pretty good at removing jobs once the ‘drop dead’ date has expired but you can save yourself a lot of wasted time by checking that the position is still open. If you are in any doubt, a quick phone call to the employer or agency will give you confirmation.
3. Lateral thinking
If you’re not getting the hits you hope for, try browsing alternative job titles or look in different categories. Perhaps your search criteria are too broad; for example, try searching for ‘sales manager’, rather than just ‘sales’. Alternatively, if your occupation is specialist, you may need to widen the geographical search area to find suitable opportunities.
4. Too good to be true?
Be wary of sites that promise the earth. Often this is just a ploy to get job seekers to sign up or pay to register with them and they may not live up to your expectations.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of scamming sites out there preying on people who are desperate for work so always do your research before you give away your personal details. A reliable method of ruling out timewasters and scammers is to Google the site or company name followed by the word, ‘scam’ or ‘reviews’. This will bring up everything you need to know!
Make the most of networking sites like LinkedIn. You can use these social media-type sites to promote your skills and make valuable contacts within your chosen industry which could lead to discovering unadvertised vacancies.
6. Avoid ‘spamming’
It’s very easy to fire of a dozen job applications to online vacancies all on the same day. Resist the urge to become a ‘spammer’! Treat online vacancies just as you would traditional ones. Tailor your resume and application for each individual position by linking your skills and abilities to those required by the job. This is how to get noticed by recruiters; generic applications are usually thrown straight onto the virtual reject pile.
7. Data protection
Genuine recruitment companies keep your resume and personal information on a database to enable employers to search for suitable candidates when a vacancy arises. Before you send off your personal details, always check that a site is secure and reputable. Always read the terms and conditions of the site before you subscribe.
8. Draft offline
Never just plough straight on and submit your application directly via the online forms. Draft your application offline; spell and grammar check it, and then save a copy to your computer for future reference. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending an hour filling in an online application only for your computer or their server to crash!
9. Keep in touch
Just because the application process takes place online, doesn’t mean that you can’t telephone or email the recruiter to make sure they’ve received your application. This also shows the employer that you’re enthusiastic and thorough.
10. Check your mail
It’s easy to end up subscribed to multiple sites that don’t deliver the vacancies you’re looking for. To ensure that your mailbox doesn’t get clogged up with rubbish, unsubscribe to those agencies. Remember to check your junk mail folder every day; some mail service providers automatically file job alerts as spam and you could miss out on something really interesting.
Job hunting online is a brilliant way of saving time and shoe leather. Follow these tips to make the most of the opportunities out there.