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5 Ways to Find a Job Online

5 Ways to Find a Job Online

As anyone who has done it knows, searching for a job online can be a pretty frustrating affair. With quite literally thousands of different online resources to look at, it can be hard to decide where to look first and which would prove to be the most successful for you.In a bid to make it a little less of an issue, we’ve tried to simplify the whole thing – here are 5 Ways to Find a Job Online.

Job search engines
We’re all online job searchfamiliar of course with search engines – Google, Bing et al, however are you also aware that there are dedicated job search engines? They operate in just the same way, trawling all other sites and providing you with search results based on your search criteria. Of course, the difference is that they only search through job related sites! The main job search engines such as Indeed and JobRapido operate globally but do allow you to search only for jobs in your chosen sector or location. An added advantage of these sites is that you can register your email address, preferred job type and location and you will receive a daily newsletter outlining all recently advertised posts that match your needs – another time saving benefit!

Company Websites
As you’d expect, company websites can be a great source for finding a job online, provided of course they are updated regularly! Most will have a recruitment section advertising vacant posts as well as details about whether or not they welcome speculative applications. Many also have a news section which may indicate expansion plans or upcoming developments. This can really help when planning companies to target on a speculative basis, giving you a heads up, as it were.

Job boards
There are a plethora of job boards out there, all claiming to be the biggest, the best, to have the most vacancies. Some simply advertise jobs, others let you also upload your CV so that it may be found by employers and recruiters. Either way, they cannot be excluded from your job search activities. Rather than simply registering on the first site that you find on Google, do spend a little time browsing. Check out the types of vacancies that it typically advertises, the geographic area that it covers and the types of companies that use it to advertise their vacancies. Make sure that you choose a job board that meets your requirements – the things that you are looking for, not simply the one that appears at the top of Google’s search results.

Niche Recruitment Sites
If you are looking for a job in a specific field or sector, whilst you can of course use the standard Job boards and national recruitment companies, it can be much more beneficial to choose niche recruitment sites. Generally each market sector has its own specialist job boards, be that for I.T., Retail or whatever. Such sites only concentrate on one sector and therefore tend to be used by the bigger players in the market. Specialist sites may also have newsfeed sections and links to industry briefings and articles. As well as helping you find suitable vacancies therefore, they may also help you keep abreast of what’s happening in your chosen field.

Networking
Developing your online networks can have a really positive impact on your job search. Via social media, it is possible to engage directly with employers and recruiters, to find out about job vacancies as soon as they arise and to react accordingly! By cultivating and developing positive relationships with prospective employers via social networks, you are strengthening your case when it comes to applying for jobs with them. Of course it’s essential to network and engage in a professional manner, not to appear ‘stalker-like’ and to ensure that the impression you convey is one that they would want to have in a potential employee.

We hope these tips help you a little. Got any other suggestions for finding a job online? Why not let us know via the comments section below.

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