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

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.

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
  • S1jobs.com in Scotland
  • London Jobs in London

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

LinkedIn

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.  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!

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.

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

Hopefully this has given you some avenues to consider. Happy job hunting and may the right job for you be just around the corner.  If you would like some support to ensure your CV stands out or to prepare for that all important interview, download the HR Solver app today and chat to one of our HR experts.

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