Job Hunting? The good, the bad and the ugly?

Are you looking for a new job, but not sure where to start? Perhaps you have been out of it for a while?

In this article we consider the right jobsites to use, how LinkedIn and social media is used by recruiters and finally how you might use agents in your job search.

Job Sites

Increasingly recruiters are pro-actively looking for candidates by using on-line search engines so it is important to register your CV on a variety of recruitment websites and to have a good LinkedIn profile.

Before registering on a job site check the site for relevance. Ask yourself these questions;

  1. Do they have jobs that I want to apply for?
  2. Do they have employers that I want to work for?
  3. Do they make the process easy?
    1. Some sites have functionality where you can upload and store your CV so that you don’t need to attach it every time you apply.
    2. Is there an app, some once registered you can browse and apply ‘on the go’…. or sneakily in the loos at work.
  4. Is the site safe? Remember that you are uploading all of your personal information on a job site: all of those details at the top of your CV is confidential personal information.

The following websites are some of the most commonly used by recruiters to search for candidates and to advertise jobs:

However, the ‘big boys’ are not always the best so consider regional job boards such as;

  • Prolific North in the North West
  • in Scotland
  • London Jobs in London

And equally remember to consider your industry or profession. For example;


LinkedIn is now one of the most commonly used ways recruiters and employers search and advertise for candidates. Therefore, having an up-to-date and informative LinkedIn profile is vital if you are looking for a new opportunity.  Even if you have applied directly for a job a recruiter may look at your LinkedIn profile to obtain further information about you.  A good profile should be like an abbreviated version of your CV so should highlight your main skills, experience and career highlights.  A good professional photograph of you on your profile will also help to make you stand out – remember it’s not Facebook so don’t be tempted to use a comedy photo or one from your latest night out!

In order to widen your LinkedIn network it’s a good idea to have a lot of good varied connections.  Don’t be frightened to ask to connect to someone that you don’t know if they have good connections or influence within the industry that you want to work in. Often worth writing a short message of introduction in the first instance.

Look for good well connected groups normally related to your industry to join.  They are a great source of information and jobs are often advertised in group discussions.  It’s also a good way to widen your network.

Social Media

Most of us use some form of social media and recruiters often look at job candidates’ social media profiles to see how they present themselves to the outside world and how they might fit the job.  It’s important to be aware of this to be mindful of what you say and post.

It’s also becoming increasingly common for employers to use social media to advertise vacancies e.g. Facebook and Twitter, so if you covet working for a particular company worthwhile following them to see when they post jobs, but also to stay abreast of their developments and tone of voice and culture.

Should I go to a recruitment agency or consultancy?

Its true agencies seem less relevant today given the dominance of online recruitment, however, companies still work with agents. Normally, companies use agents to save time amongst other things. Agencies work with a database and so when a job goes live to an agency from an organisation they expect CV’s in 24 to 48 hours from the pool of pre- registered candidates. The agents are likely to send these candidates to the client first as they are actively looking, primed and ready to interview. By not registering with an agency you may miss out on rare opportunities.  Using or meeting the ‘right agency’ might help you in many ways. Here are some things to think about when considering if an agency should represent you;

  • Will the agency take time to meet you face-to-face or by skype (at the least) to understand your career and personality before sending your CV to their clients? If not, steer clear.
  • Has the agency actually got real jobs and are they prepared to be transparent with you on these?
  • Will the consultant help advise you on changes to your CV or presentation at interview or even give you tips on how to answer certain types of questions?
  • Has the agent conducted the legal right to work checks with you; checked your passport and identity.
  • Are they committed to staying in touch with you and giving you feedback after interviews they have sent you to?

Not all agencies or recruitment consultancies are created equal so bear this in mind when deciding to work with a recruitment agent.

Hopefully this read has given you some avenues to consider! Happy job hunting and may the right job for you be just around the corner. For more tips check out our article called ‘How to make your online application standout.’

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