Where to Start a Job Search

Searching for a new job, especially after a redundancy for many can be a very daunting prospect for many. For some people it may be the first time they have been job searching in several years and they can find it is very different today.

The days when you could just walk into the job centre and view the advertisements or looking in the local newspaper on a particular day when they publish their jobs section are gone. These are still options when it comes to searching for jobs but today there are now so many other methods used by employers and recruitment consultants to job search and with many vacancies not featuring in the more commonly viewed forms of advertising. With high unemployment and lots of people changing jobs regularly competition is often fierce so if you want to have the best chance of securing that job then you will need to look in the right places and to plan how to effectively conduct your job search.

The internet has virtually replaced the traditional newspaper or magazine / journal adverts, this is nothing new, it has been this way for many years. Most people will now be aware of the well known job boards and will often begin here or even focus their entire search on these sites. These popular sites will have a large and varied number of live job vacancies from both employers and from employment agencies, by registering with these sites and up loading a CV and profile employers and recruiters can also view and contact job seekers directly with their vacancies, some of these may not be otherwise advertised. Depending on the location and profession you are looking for, it can be possible to find several vacancies each day which may be suitable, but as you would expect, these sites will have huge numbers of active job seekers and they will be applying for the same vacancies so unless you really stand out you may miss out.

Job advertising is a very competitive industry, so as you would expect there are a lot of sites out there including many smaller internet job boards who will not attract the same number of companies advertising job vacancies. These sites will not have the same number of visitors so less competition for each job. By closely looking through page after page of search engine results for job boards or by searching with keywords such as job titles or industries you can come across these sites. Obviously some will not be worth registering with due to the low number of vacancies or they may contain unsuitable or out dated opportunities but often these sites can be a good source of unique vacancies.

The past few years have seen an explosion in social media websites and now many businesses are using these sites to promote their company, their products and services but also for recruitment. Employers and agencies will often advertise their vacancies using social media sites and you can find out more about the company than you would by simply viewing an advert or their website. By following, liking or becoming a friend of the company you are showing an interest in the company, not just in getting a job.

Finally, recruitment agencies are very often an essential part of many peoples’ job search strategy, often job seekers will want to save time and effort by exclusively using one or several agencies and will want to benefit from their free advice and support and the consultants’ experience, contacts and knowledge of the job market and a particular industry.


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