Using Job Sites
The advantages of using jobsearch websites
A quick search online will throw up hundreds of jobsearch sites, some for specific sectors and some which cover the whole range of jobs available.
These sites can help you narrow down your search. You can filter jobs on how far they are from where you live, the sort of work you are looking for, the amount you hope to be paid and whether the job is part time, full time, temporary or permanent.
Generally, you will need to register for these sites using your email address. You will then have the option of the site sending you an email when new jobs become available which broadly match what you are looking for.
One of the very handy features of jobsearch websites is how they save you money. Being able to upload a CV and application form or covering letter to a site means you won’t waste money printing and sending them out to prospective employers.
These jobsearch sites sometimes offer you templates to create your CV. If you are not confident with computers, these may make life easier for you.
The simplicity of applying for jobs on sites like these means it can take a lot of the stress and hassle out of the process. Sounds perfect, but is it?
The disadvantages of using jobsearch websites
As with everything in life, if it seems too easy, there’s probably a catch.
And that catch is… because it’s so simple to apply for jobs online, this does mean that your application may be lost in a sea of other applications. This page on the Reed website shows you just how many applications and CVs are uploaded each day and how many new jobseekers use the site. And that’s just one of many jobsearch websites.
One of the biggest mistakes many people make is not to make their CV and application or covering letter specific to the requirements in the job advert, job description or person specification. If you don’t do that, you just won’t get an interview. If you can show a potential employer just how well your skills and experience match what they need, you’ll have a much better chance of standing out from the crowd of people who have applied for the job and (hopefully) get an interview.
Another downside to only using jobsearch websites is that as many as a quarter of all job vacancies are not actually advertised online, so you may not be seeing 1 out of every 4 possible jobs you could apply for. There is an old saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” and this is true when searching for jobs. Try talking to people who work in the industry or sector you have worked in before or where you’d like to work.
Here are some popular jobsearch websites:
- ‘Find a Job’: www.gov.uk/jobsearch
- Reed: www.reed.co.uk
- Total Jobs: www.totaljobs.com
- Monster: www.monster.co.uk
- Jobsite: www.jobsite.co.uk
- Indeed: www.indeed.co.uk
- Fish4Jobs: www.fish4.co.uk/jobs
- The Guardian: jobs.guardian.co.uk