Where To Find
Are you relying on online job sites to
find a job? If so, you may be missing out on great career and employment opportunities.
You know your career direction and you have a "you beaut"
targeted resume designed to win a job of your choice. Hopefully you have
looked at our
5 sections on business and job
application letter writing
and now you are
itching to start your job search to find that perfect job.
Where do you
A large majority of job seekers with access to a
computer will start by going online to find job vacancies. However, this is not the only
way to get a job. While it can't be proven by statistics, a large
percentage of our clients did not find their latest job through internet
( job banks) or online employment services.
If you are just starting your career or have been
trying to find a job for a while, please take the time to scroll down and find out how
employers recruit. Perhaps you should change the way you look for work
by using some of the more traditional methods of recruitment where
there is less competition. After reading this section you will be able to increase your
chances of finding a job in your chosen field.
This section looks at
internet job search verses traditional job
search methods -
think you know all the ways to look for work, however, the
popularity of internet job search or job finding sites, commonly referred to as job
boards, such as Seek,
Monster (USA), to name just
a few, has led a new generation of
job seekers away from looking for work using more
traditional recruitment methods. As a result they
are competing against many hundreds of applicants. Although employers have also
changed the way they hire,
finding the internet cost effective and fast, they often use a combination of
online and traditional methods of hiring to fill vacancies.
We have identified 18
different ways to find a job. These are discussed
briefly on this page and in-depth at
However lets look at the advantages and
disadvantages of just using the one method to look for work.
Advantages of using
online employment services
Using the internet to
find a job
has many advantages, in particular for people who are employed and/or want to change
jobs. Advantages are:-
It is easier to
search for a vacancy in
your area of expertise
It is easier to
submit job applications.
You can search and apply for work outside business hours - 24/7
Your can apply for
more jobs per day/week.
over 10,000 employment related web sites to choose from.
You save money on photocopying
It opens up new employment opportunities outside your geographical area
that you may not have considered before.
You can have job alerts sent to you by signing up with a job board such
as CareerOne and Seek.
Disadvantages of online employment services
- Many occupations in small business are not placed on the
- The crucial cover letter (application
letter) that is your competitive advantage, may not be required
- Less opportunity for the applicant to
market themselves effectively.
- It attracts more competition, losing
your marketing advantage.
- You may have to use an online employment
form requiring you to submit irrelevant and damaging
- Your privacy may be compromised if you
post your resume online.
- Your document may not arrive in the
format it was sent.
- You may have to send a plain text resume
- unattractive and uninteresting.
- Many employers do not post their
- Privacy concerns. You may inadvertently go through a third
- Employers are still using traditional
recruitment methods to fill many types of vacancies- jobs in some occupations are not placed on the
- A hard copy resume can create a better
presentation than a file. attachment, however it must be scanner
A very large number of companies are
doing their recruitment through their own website -
mining companies are one example. Companies who do graduate
recruitment nearly always use their own website. So
traditional ways of looking for these career opportunities are still
and job opportunities
Use the Google
search box to
look for work
in specialised areas. For example, use
key words to specify what type of position you are looking for and
looking for work within the mining industry. Use Mining
Engineer jobs+western Australia :
: Recruitment + IT;
Employment agencies+finance : graduate recruitment+finance
to be more specific?
Just put an addition symbol between keywords , for example,
Use these keywords use a plus sign to put your own
state, or country. Many recruitment firms are national. These are
Where can you find a list of
job boards? These are a few very popular ones - Seek
and CareerOne that cover all occupations. Your search
should bring up job boards in your own country but you may want to search
If you are
looking for jobs
broad just try
internet job boards+UK; or jobs+UK,for example. See also our
Career Information Site for
a range of different options.
Use several keywords, not
long phrases - although you would be surprised what you pick up with
a sentence. Only main keywords picked up
methods chosen by companies are directly related to the type of vacancy, size of the
company, lead time to fill it and recruitment needs and expectations. There are a
few reasons why different recruitment methods are used. Interestingly, research shows
that job seekers are more successful in finding a job through word
of mouth (networking) and is still second only to recruitment through employment agencies.
This section has been updated to include social networking.
smaller companies, word of mouth (networking) comes second to
more than advertising through newspapers.
traditional methods of recruitment are still competitive, the market is
less crowded. In fact, many vacancies are not being filled. One need
only read the number of advertisements in the paper, and listen to anecdotal
information to know that traditional methods of employment have not
been overtaken by the internet job boards or job banks. (recruitment sites)
important is that jobseekers are not tapping into a large number of
potential sources of vacancies if they confine their job search to internet job finding
sites / job boards. Many people have grown quite lazy as a
result of the ease in which they can submit online job applications.
jobseekers need to combine internet job search
with traditional recruitment methods to look for work.
Your job search will follow traditional
lines with 5 main activities. What has changed is the method of carrying out these activities.
The main activities are to:-
Prepare a resume.
Conduct research to identify potential employers and sources
Prepare a job search strategy through research and an
Contact employers using several job search
Attend interviews and follow up
You will need to develop advanced job search skills
to effectively prepare and implement a job search strategy.
Most importantly, remember,
your resume is a marketing document.
Unless it is competitive you are wasting your time,
no matter what method you choose to look for work.
Your resume and
the way you apply for work are absolutely vital to winning
of your choice. Whether you are currently unemployed, changing
jobs or seeking promotion, you need to be up to date in the
latest job search and recruitment methods. People who are within
employment often lack the latest letter writing skills, for
instance. Some people have not had to look for work in many
years and use outdated job applications.
Understanding the recruitment process
The Internet is a powerful tool for jobsearch.
However, it is important that jobseekers
have a good knowledge of the recruitment and selection processes. Understanding
how employers hire will help in planning a successful job
are many methods of recruitment - each of these methods require a different
approach and processes.
next section in how to look for work, is an overview of 18 methods of recruitment. This is expanded in
great depth in
which shows you how to use each method to find a job.
Readers will be
directed to the comprehensive job search support on this site, such as
writing a job application letter, telephone interviewing techniques,
or a more detailed explanation of the recruitment methods and selection
Here is just a list of the
recruitment methods where you can look for work.
These are the
ways employers recruit, Covered in-depth in
Newspapers, Journals etc. Apply to the company or through an employment/recruitment agency.
Government job -
writing selection criteria - Federal Gov, State Gov, Statutory Authorities and
Gov funded agencies.
Internet job search through recruitment websites or job boards - i.e. Seek and Monster
Employment / recruitment agencies - advertised positions
Registering with a recruitment / employment agency
Registering with a job search firm
Temporary recruitment agencies - white collar
Labour hire companies - generally blue collar
Employment Websites, Disabilities such
Schools colleges and universities - advertising on their
Now includes social media networks such as Facebook and
As you can see, there are
many avenues where
jobseekers can look for work. Most will require job seekers to use a specific process which is the main topic
of this section. I hope this section has broadened your knowledge on
where to look for work.
Whatever recruitment method is used the
resume, job application letter and interview and research are still the most important tools
you need to look for work.
Go to Recruitment
to find out
how to apply for jobs requiring different approaches and processes
This is a must read if you want to go straight to the right information. learn how to use keywords
Dynamic cover letter software
How to increase your number of job applications to
increase your chance of success.
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