Making the most of your online job search – what you need to know

There are many reasons why the job board has become such a popular means of job seeking in the 21st century – the ease, the accessibility, the reach – but with all this comes huge competition.  Whilst every man and his dog maybe using them to find work, how many have actually taken time to understand the process beyond hitting the ‘send’ button?  By doing so, your chances of securing your dream job will necessarily be higher.  So what are the main things you need to know?

Time is of the essence

Sad but true, at the point you hit ‘send’ you are likely to be joining a long queue of applicants who have got there ahead of you. And whilst it’s not a case of ‘first past the post wins’ a recruiters eye will naturally spend more time on the earlier applications that they receive.  However, like most things in life, this is a fine balancing act.  You don’t want to sacrifice the quality for the need for speed.  Make things easier for yourself by signing up for email alerts – that way you can hear about new jobs at the earliest opportunity whilst also allowing yourself time to successfully tweak your CV.

Don’t let software screen you out

The vast majority of recruitment consultancies these days will be using specialist software to help with the CV screening process.  So make sure that your CV contains the keywords it needs to prove your suitability.  Read the job description thoroughly to gain knowledge of exactly what they are looking for and make sure these skills are reflected clearly in your application.

A numbers game

The drawback of an easy application process is the high numbers of job seekers that it will attract.  In today’s market, recruitment is certainly a high-volume game and you need to do what you can to make sure your application stands out for the right reasons.  Remember; a recruiter is likely to spend less than 10 seconds reading through your CV so these skills need to jump out immediately.  A targeted profile describing your relevant skills, experiences and qualifications at the beginning of your CV may be a way of going about this.

Keep it simple

There are no prizes for super graphics and imagery.  On the contrary, recruiters will want you to keep it plain to ensure that what they receive can be read by the software that they use.  Choose a simple and easily readable font (Arial, Calibri, Verdana etc) and avoid the use of diagrams or graphics.

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