(1) More Than One Way To Post Your CV Online
With technology having such a big impact on today’s job search, there are different methods to post a copy of your CV online. You can create your own website or blog to highlight your CV to recruiters and potential employers. If you’re unable to do that, then you can post your CV onto job boards/job websites for employers to look at. Another option is to use LinkedIn or other social media platforms to post your CV on to them.
(2) Video CV
As technology & social media evolves, so do the approaches job seekers take. Creating and posting an online video CV is a growing trend that is being used to grab potential employer’s attention. They are short but their intention is to sell you key information & skills and grab the attention of potential employers then when contact is made, you give them your CV. It also helps to show off your personality and creative sides which some job seekers cannot achieve just through a typed CV.
(3) Focused/Narrow Searches
Some job seekers try and cast as wide as net as possible to find more opportunities. While this may work for some, it doesn't for others. By casting a wide net, you can miss opportunities or maybe your efforts are not as efficient. Instead of looking for as many opportunities, try being more focused & narrow in your approach. On job websites, use the filter options to narrow what you’re looking for e.g. location & industry you wish to work in. It will help you to cut out the irrelevant jobs, saving you time.
(4) Target Companies
If you want to work in a certain industry, then target the companies in that industry. Send your CV/cover letter or enquiries and follow them online through social media platforms. Following them online will allow you to keep up to date with potential new opportunities. Even though this can be an effective technique, you have to be careful as there are draw backs. Firstly, if you solely use this technique then you can risk missing out on other opportunities. Secondly, do not stalk companies or keep on contacting them as it does more harm than good. It can damage your reputation.
(5) Company & Industry Body Websites
If you know what company you want to work for or the industry, then by checking on their websites you may find potential opportunities their first. Most will advertise their positions their first before spending more costs by using job sites & recruitment agencies. By incorporating weekly/daily checks into your job search, you may find the opportunities before others.
(6) Online Recruiters
Online recruitment agencies can be a good source to find jobs saving you some time. You have to find not just one but several that can help you by finding the jobs you not only want but can also do. Ok, to start off it, can take a bit of time to narrow which ones you should use by doing some research and having an initial dialogue with to see if they right for you. However, once you have found the right ones for you, you’ll have more avenues open to you looking for potential jobs and hopefully helping you achieve your goal. Recruitment agencies have a vested interest in getting the right candidate as they get paid once their candidate is employed and been working for so long for that company.
(7) Job Alerts
Once you have chosen which job boards/websites you are going to use, to help you not waste time looking every day for new jobs being posted then sign up for email alerts. You create which new jobs you wish to be notified of and every time those types of new jobs are posted you receive an email to inform you.
As you know networking has become an important aspect of the modern job search. It has lots of benefits and can help you. If you know what company or industry you want to work in, then create, build & develop your network around them. It will take time to achieve this but once it is done, it can have lots of benefits e.g. be informed of upcoming opportunities/jobs or even be recommended for a post.
(9) Google Yourself
As most job seekers will have some type of digital finger print online, it’s important that this finger print of you paints a good picture. A lot of employers will Google candidates help you get a better picture of who they are. With a lot of us using online social media tools and apps to communicate with friends & family, a lot of what we post can end up online including inappropriate pictures and comments. As part of your job search, it is best you Google yourself to see what you find and if there is anything that might harm you then it gives you time to either delete or at least be prepared for it. It is also best that you look at your privacy settings on your social media if you don’t wish employers looking at your accounts.