Ten years ago, writing an article about how to seek jobs would look very different to this indeed. The internet has seen exponential growth since then, and unemployment has risen to 2.56 million due to the surge of economic change. The economy is tight, and with this rise in employment, finding a job is proving tough for some people – especially online, where it isn’t always easy to choose the correct method. Ellyn Enisman, author of Job Interview Skills 101 says, “In a really great economy, you can send 20 resumes out on a job board and get maybe five responses, but now you can send out 100 resumes and get zero responses. That’s very discouraging and when you get discouraged, it affects your output as well.” But don’t be discouraged! It is easy to forget that the internet is the world’s largest network, notice board and library – all in one. It is a great place to start job seeking. Let’s have a look at some different ways of job hunting online.
Assuming that you have a solid CV, a good starting point for your search are online job boards. Since Monster’s launch in 1994, a number of job boards have cropped up online. These sites tend to do well, with the largest job boards being amongst the top 20 visited websites in the world. Using them is easy; simply upload your CV to the job board, give all the necessary information to get started, and start applying for roles. The main advantage of online job boards is the ability to perform keyword searches. If you want a job specifically in London with a pay packet over a certain threshold, you can specify this, which allows you to only see jobs that fit your criteria (and this also saves employers’ time). It is no wonder, then, that job boards are the second most successful source of hire, with job referrals (or word-of-mouth) being its only better. In a survey by CareerXroads.com, job boards placed 20.1% of successful employees in 2011.
Another popular method of job hunting online is to look for recruiters (also known as agencies). These recruiters are paid by employers to find as many candidates as possible for a particular position, so that a group can be narrowed down and therefore harness (statistically) good quality candidates for that position. However, since they exist between you and companies, recruiters often place candidates in positions that they know little about. This is the reason some job seekers do not use this method; some people report that the process is arduous. Perhaps this is the reason that agencies garner 9.1 per cent of employees compared to the job board’s 20.1 per cent. However, if you are keen to be employed, and do not wish to leave any stone unturned, submit your CV to some recruiters and take not of the response; you could even just use them to see if your experience generates interest in a certain field.
In modern times, some people started to perceive the recruitment model currently in place as being inefficient for both employers and employees, which has brought about the method of Candidate Submittal. In this method, the candidate submittal agency will provide guidance and oversee the application from start to finish, almost like a lawyer oversees a client in a trial. It is common for the potential employee to choose his or her own sources, and the service ensures that the applications to each have a higher chance of success than if submitted without it. But this can require candidates to put in a lot of time that would otherwise be freed up by an agency. If the applicant is successful, a fee is in order. Candidate submittal services argue that the service they provide is cheaper than using an agency and offers to cast the role of the recruiter into a background setting well, rather than trying to fulfil two roles between employers and employees badly. Since this is a relatively new service, there aren’t many reliable figures to compare with online job boards and recruiters; however, it would be safe to say that the figure would be drastically less than either, owing to the specialist nature of the method.
For those who receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Jobmatch is also an obvious method of job hunting online. Because of the amount of information required of the job seeker, however, we won’t go into detail here about how to use it. There are already several decent articles online that can help, such as this one at digitalunite.com.
by Harry Lawrence | 26 April 2013