Job searching via the internet
Most of us use the internet in our everyday life. It’s an easy way to search for jobs as the search filters help you to find the right job.
Here are our top five tips:
- Check the deadline or closing date for applications – If you’re not sure, check with the employer.
- Don’t limit your opportunities – If you’re finding it difficult to find the right vacancy, try searching for similar categories, job titles and geographical areas (as long as you can travel there).
- Read the terms and conditions – Many recruitment sites will keep your CV on a database. Employers can then search these 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 may miss useful ones. Also check if any have gone into your junk/spam folder.
Other ways of job searching
- Newspapers – You can use national and local newspapers to help you search for the right job, which you’ll find at your library or newsagent.
- Word of mouth – Some jobs aren’t advertised due to the cost and are filled by staff already in the business, word of mouth, or refer-a-friend schemes.
- Networking – This is simply linking in with the right people or organisations. To help you, make a list of who you know already (with their job titles), as well as industry conferences, events and forums. You can also join networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Before approaching anyone, you need to do your research.