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Job Board – Getting the most from an online job board

Using “In-House” Terms

Many companies have their own unique terminology, both for job titles and in-house departments and systems. If you have worked somewhere like this and have a “quirky” or unique job title on your CV, you can’t assume that anyone looking at your CV will know what that job entails. You need to make sure that your CV is understood by all who read it – that you highlight the skills and duties that the job entailed and that if a job title is particularly unique to one employer only, that you make reference in your CV to the job as it is more commonly known. If you fail to do this, again, chances are you may never appear on a recruiter’s search. A recruiter or employer should never have to try and guess what you did or be left puzzled by the terminology you use.

Inaccurate Contact Details

When you register, make sure that you include all your up to date contact details. A prospective employer or recruiter will usually try a variety of methods of getting in contact with you, from calling, texting through to emailing you. If you have changed mobile numbers, moved house or changed email provider and not updated this on your jobs board registration, then of course you can’t be contacted. And in a competitive jobs market, most recruiters will simply move onto the next candidate as opposed to trying to figure out how they can contact you, if your details are inaccurate and out of date. Help yourself by keeping this information updated regularly.

Registering on the “wrong” job board

If you are looking for a job in a particularly niche area or sector, make sure that you have registered on a jobs board that actually deals with these types of vacancies. The type of employer or recruiter who would be looking for candidates like you will generally only use specialist or niche jobs boards. Check out our previous post here for some tips on choosing a jobs board.

We hope you find some of these basic tips useful in making a job board work for you. We’d love of course to hear about any other tips you may have to improve the effectiveness of registering on a job board. Please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to “Job Board – Getting the most from an online job board”

  1. I agree that 70% of Solidstaff.com employees which register do not fill in the forms correctly. Solidstaff is for hotel and and catering Market. We have only had caterers todate registering which is a good thing. A job is needed in life so spend an extra hour checking your Cv over before pressing send.
    Good luck and find your job of your dreams. Remember you have to do the work.
    William Ireland

    Posted by William Ireland | February 28, 2012, 8:47 am
  2. Bear in mind that jobs may remain listed on some jobs boards long after they may have been filled. It can be a better use of time to apply to employers direct (whether speculatively, or through adverts on their own web sites). Also, many recruitment consultants seem to have a very specific tick-list of criteria for applicants, which can filter out perfectly good candidates – like you – on irrational grounds. Again, it is often better to approach employers direct. So, use job boards as part of your search strategy, but (as mentioned elsewhere on The Employable) do not rely on them exclusively!

    Posted by LC Jackson | March 1, 2012, 1:24 pm

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