How To Look For Work
Are you relying on internet job search to
look for work? 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 find a job of your choice. Hopefully you have looked
5 sections on letter
writing and now you are
itching to start your job search to find that perfect job.
A large majority of job seekers with access to a
computer will go online to find a job. However, this is not the only
way to look for work. While it can't be proven by statistics, a large
percentage of our clients did not find their job via internet
job boards or online employment services :
Please take the time to scroll down and find out how you can increase you
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, 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. Employers have also
changed their recruitment methods;
finding the internet cost effective and fast. They often use a combination of
methods to fill job vacancies. We have identified 18 ways to find a job. These are discussed
briefly on this page and in-depth at
Advantages of using internet employment services
Using the internet to look for
work has many advantages, in particular for people who are employed and want to change
jobs. Advantages are:-
It is easier to
search for a job in
your area of expertise
It is easier to
submit job applications
You can search and apply for jobs 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 internet employment services
- 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.
- The crucial cover letter (application
letter) that is your competitive advantage, may not be
required or read
- 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 jobs on
- 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
- Employer's will use a number of
recruitment methods for different types of job vacancies, often
simultaneously, which increases the competition.
- A hard copy resume can create a better
presentation than a file attachment, however it must be scanner
- Many occupations in small business are not placed on the
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 opportunities are still
See Career and Job Opportunities.
Use the Google
search box to
work in specialised areas. For example, use
key words to specify what type of job you are looking for, ie
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,
KEYWORDS USE A PLUS SIGN TO PUT YOUR OWN STATE, OR COUNTRY. MANY
RECRUITMENT FIRMS ARE NATIONAL. THESE ARE JUST EXAMPLES. COLUM IS JUST ON THIS PAGE TO SEPARATE GROUPS. DO NOT PUT IN SEARCH
Looking for job boards such as SEEK
and CareerOne that cover all jobs? Search
CareerOne+australia. Looking for
Jobs abroad? just try
internet job boards+UK; or jobs+IK
Use keywords, not
long phrases. Only keywords picked up
methods chosen by companies are directly related to the type of job vacancy, size of the
company, lead time to full it and recruitment needs and expectations, are a
few reasons why different recruitment methods are used. Interestingly, research shows
that job seekers are more successful in looking for work through word of mouth
(networking) and is still second only to recruitment through employment agencies.
smaller companies, word of mouth comes second to
more than advertising through newspapers.
traditional methods of recruitment are still competitive, the market is
less crowded. In fact, many jobs 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 job seekers 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.
job seekers 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 a job
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
Internet is a powerful tool for job search.
However, it is important that job seekers
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 look for work.
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
Overview of methods of
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
As you can see, there are
many ways in which job seekers can look for work. Most will require job seekers to use a specific process which is the main topic
of this section.
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
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