How to find the best job vacancies and get your CV to the right people


24 February 2016

online job search

When you’ve made the decision that it’s time to look for a new job, you’re probably going to feel mixed emotions – the excitement of moving onto pastures new, and the anxiety of trying to find an inspiring role. You may get lucky and find your perfect role in no time at all, or, you may be slightly disheartened when you can’t find any exciting adverts. Don’t despair, as you just need to make sure you’re looking in all the right places, and making yourself noticeable where recruiters may be looking for you.

There are two things jobseekers should do. First of all, you should be proactive and use the available search tools to track down job vacancies, and secondly, you should create online profiles on CV libraries and job boards where you can be found by recruiters, headhunters, HR managers and employers who will be actively searching for suitable candidates.

 

Search job boards

 

Job boards are websites that provide a simple service where companies can advertise vacancies, and candidates can apply for them. Many also allow jobseekers to upload their CV and create a visible online profile. There are a whole host of job boards online: multi-sector boards advertising positions from a range of industries, multi-national boards, industry-specific boards, and even aggregators that collect adverts from other job boards and company websites.

Aggregators, such as Indeed.co.uk, will list the most vacancies, but can also be saturated with so many vacancies that you have to be rather adept at using the search facility to narrow down your results.

Multi-sector boards, such as Reed.co.uk, feature vacancies across many industries, so will also list many vacancies outside of the aesthetics industry, but as such sites garner a good deal of web traffic, and are very popular with jobseekers and recruiters alike, they are worth searching on, too. They will also be useful if you are looking for a role that could overlap into more than one industry, for example, a customer service or sales role.

Industry-specific boards, such as Nurses.co.uk, are handy if you are looking for a very specific role. But, there tend to be many similar websites within each sector, and employers are unlikely to pay to list their vacancy across every single one, it is advisable not to restrict your searches to only one website.

Remember that not all employers use the same job titles, keywords, or categories in their advert. For example, a field sales job may be advertised as ‘Business Development Executive’, ‘Sales Rep’, ‘Account Manager’ and more, so vary your searches. The field sales job may be within the aesthetic medicine industry, but it is also a sales job, and these job categories are often separated on job boards, so remember to search in both.

 

Register for alerts

 

Logging into a myriad of websites on a daily basis can be quite time-consuming, and can be a waste of time if the sites haven’t had any exciting updates since your last visit. Job board websites usually include an option to register for alerts, which deliver your chosen selection via email, so you only have to check your own inbox for the latest vacancies, not ten job board websites.

Just remember to choose your criteria wisely. If your search radius is too small, you might not see jobs advertised just a mile outside your selection. Similarly, if your search radius is for a wide region that includes locations too far away for you, you may end up trawling through unsuitable adverts.

 

Create profiles on CV libraries

 

Creating a profile on a CV database website or job board allows you to be found by recruiters and employers searching for good candidates. Remember to keep your profile up-to-date. If you have an active profile on a CV database, but your CV says you last worked two years ago, recruiters are likely to think you are not actively looking for work, or that you have had issues finding work, which may put them off contacting you. Make sure you list yourself within relevant categories for your chosen industry, location, salary and more. Recruitment consultants and employers will search CV databases to headhunt candidates, and they will pass over your CV if it is incorrectly categorised.

 

Register with recruitment agencies

 

You may see an interesting job on an agency website, and wish to apply for that particular role, but you can register with agencies to go on their database for future opportunities, too. As with creating a CV library profile, registering with an agency means you can wait to be contacted, rather than having to chase vacancies. Many agencies, such as ARC, are industry-specific, and so they will have a thorough understanding of your industry and the job role you seek.

 

Apply ‘on spec’

 

Do you pay regular visits to the jobs page of a particular company website? Have you been waiting patiently for the perfect job to materialise at your dream company? You can sit there waiting for that job to appear, but you can also send your CV to that company to apply ‘on spec’ if they are not currently advertising vacant positions. If your CV is of interest, the company may contact you immediately, or may keep your CV for when a suitable vacancy arises, which may cut down your waiting time significantly!

 

Get a recommendation or referral

 

Do you know of anyone who works for a company you would like to work for? If not, could you use your social network to find someone who does? They may not be your best friend, but it might be worth getting in touch for a chat anyway. An existing employee will be able to give you a bit of insight into what it’s really like to work for that company, and if you’ve got the skills and qualities that company look for in their staff, they may be able to put in a good word on your behalf. This won’t necessarily lead to an immediate job offer, but it may help you leapfrog over other potential applicants and get you in front of that company.

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