The internet, online job boards, and social media have fundamentally changed the way people apply for jobs.
Not long ago, if you were seeking for work, you would print off your CV and start visiting or calling businesses one by one to see if there were any openings.
Almost every firm will now advertise online when a chance arises.
You can also create a profile for yourself online, either on a job search site or on networking sites like LinkedIn, allowing you to advertise yourself and contact with HR Managers and recruiters.
Online job searching has become a very simplified and effective procedure, providing job seekers with access to a variety of opportunities and the option to apply fast from the comfort of their own homes.
However, while the internet has increased the availability and accessibility of jobs, it has also flooded the market with information. Opportunities are heavily sought, making it extremely competitive.
According to a Glassdoor poll, each job opportunity receives over 250 candidates, of whom approximately six will be interviewed and just one will be granted a job.
Top Online Job-Seeking Tips You Should Adopt
Google yourself and you will be surprised what people can see. If you are going to use your real name and contact details on Facebook or Twitter, it is very easy for potential employers to find you. If you are looking to enter a corporate environment they may look hard at your personal life, subsequently showing the full extent of your personality on a social network should be considered carefully.
Try to avoid risqué images and pictures of you doing anything you probably shouldn’t be doing as this might send out the wrong signals to a prospective employer. If you want these sorts of things online then it would be wise to up your privacy settings.
Join Linked In
If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you definitely need to be. LinkedIn is the leading online professional directory of individuals and companies. Individuals use LinkedIn for professional networking, connecting, and job searching. If you are already on LinkedIn it is important to keep your account information up to date.
It is also important that all of your information is accurate and matches the details already on your CV – any differences may threaten the credibility of this information. If you have a LinkedIn account, website, or blog that you’re proud of (particularly if you’re looking to enter the creative industry), reference it on your CV so potential employers can take a look.
It is helpful to build relationships with organizations and individuals using social media. Join in industry-related chats and become acknowledged as a person who engages and shares content and advice on issues facing your industry. This illustrates your knowledge, interest, and awareness of your sector and will raise your online profile. You might also meet some great connections and learn some important things about your industry too!
Search for jobs online
Many employers are using social media to post jobs. LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are frequently used by recruiters for job adverts so if you don’t have a profile already you could be missing out on a wealth of job opportunities! Link In with companies online to see the vacancies that they post on their jobs pages. If the job is listed directly on LinkedIn you can apply online and/or request a referral from a contact.
You can also search for jobs on LinkedIn by keyword, country, and postal code. Use the Advanced Search Option to refine your search and to search by location, experience level, company, job title, salary, industry, and date posted. Employers like candidates to have LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements of their skills, therefore, it is beneficial to gather as many of these as possible from previous colleagues and employers to enhance your credibility.
Follow companies on Twitter to see all of their latest job posts on their profiles. Also, try searching for vacancies using hashtags via location or industry e.g. #jobsCardiff or #marketingjobs. Add companies as friends on Facebook to see their job posts on their profiles. It may also be helpful to join Facebook groups for job seekers in your area or industry. Also ‘like’ company pages as jobs may also be posted on these.
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