Using Job Sites
Job Search Websites – The Advantages
There are hundreds of online job sites and they make it incredibly easy to see what jobs are available. Filters can be used on most sites that will allow you to be very specific about what you want. For example you can look for jobs just in your postcode area, the type of work you want, the sort of pay you are looking for, whether its permanent or temporary. You need to register for most sites and one of the benefits of this is that you will get emails sent to you relating to the type of work you are after.
Job hunting on the Internet saves you money. The job search eliminates the cost of printing CVs and cover letter and paying for postage to mail your CV to prospective employers. Online sites often have templates to create your CV, which can save lots of time, especially if you are not too familiar with using computer software to do this.
Job sites may seem like the ideal way to find work. You can browse many job sites from the comfort of your home and apply online. You will have to register on most sites and upload your CV. In fact some sites are so easy to use, you can simply hit a ‘One click apply button’ Which means you dont have to write a cover letter or introduce yourself and your CV will be sent straight to the employer. Sounds great right?
Job Search Sites – The challenges
Well unfortunately it’s not so simple. Because applying for a job is that easy, everyone does it and agencies and employers become inundated with CVs, some of which are completely irrelevent to the job adbvertised.
On average a big job site like Reed has 5380 job applications ever hour, 8,000 new CVs uploaded every day and 50,000 new candidates register every week (data from https://www.reed.co.uk/recruiter/why)
In fact it is considered that only about one quarter of all job openings are advertised online, which mean online job-hunting may not be as effective as networking. Internet-only job hunting does not give you access to many of the jobs that are available in your area The saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” couldn’t be more true when it comes to job hunting! You may learn more about more jobs in you you are looking for through netorking network and interacting with colleagues and peers in your previous industry or career area.
Another major disadvantage to job hunting online is that everybody else is doing it. You are one of millions of people vying for jobs and perhaps thousands applying for the same job, because the convenience factor appeals to all of your competitors as well. Even when you’re searching for jobs outside your area, you’re competing with job seekers in that region and people applying for the same job from every other area.
To help you in your job searching we have created this handy list of some of the most poular job search sites.
1. Directgov – the official job centre website which is user-friendly with good search options including filters for date added, pt/ft, temporary / permanent and search radius
2. Reed – lots of jobs with good search facilities, including location, job type, sector, salary and date added
3. Total Jobs – another good one with thousands of jobs and good search facilities
4. NHS Jobs – simply the first place to go for NHS jobs, you can save, manage and view your applications online
5. The Guardian – the best of the national newspapers
6. TES – great for education jobs
7. Monster – good search options, easily choose to only view most recent job posts
8. Everyjobsite – a relative newcomer that does a good job of collating the results from other sites in an easy to use format