by Elizabeth Farry | 18 September 2014
The internet is an excellent job search tool, allowing you to browse through thousands of great opportunities from the comfort of your home.
However, to stay ahead of the competition, candidates must ensure they are using job boards to their advantage, maximising their chances of landing their dream job.
Figure out exactly what you want to do
It is important to make sure you have a clear idea of what it is you want; the first decision you will need to consider is what kind of job might be best for you. The number one mistake candidates make is being too vague about their requirements, so be specific - do you really want to be challenged, or are you at a stage in your career where you would like to be able to balance your work and personal life more effectively?
Taking the time to define or describe what types of positions you are seeking will reflect on your CV and online applications, in turn triggering an employer or recruitment agency to find you.
Select the job sites you use carefully
Do not waste time on sites that don't carry adverts for the type of work you want. Keep a regular eye on the larger job boards and sign up for email alerts, but avoid spending too much time trawling through irrelevant roles. Many job sites offer a service that sends postings matching your job search criteria directly to your inbox, which can be a great tool to utilise, especially if you are currently employed and have less time to search online.
A great idea once you know which path you wish to take is to explore niche job boards, which specialise in particular job functions and industries. They often list positions that do not appear on some of the larger, generic job boards, so they can offer access to openings with smaller candidate pools. Applying for a job through a niche job board can also place you above the competition because it identifies you as more of an industry insider.
It is essential that you are selective in your search for a job to ensure you secure the role you want. Being selective means you have evaluated your options and are pursuing those most suitable to you and your goals. Undertake research into the company and role in question before applying for a position; jumping at the first position you are offered may leave you regretting your choice due to lower pay or one that is not directly related to your employment background and expertise.
Take advantage of the keywords search function on the job boards. This will give you the opportunity to refine your job search and help you find opportunities in your area of interest. Moreover, remember that you have the power to say no - in an increasingly candidate led market, you can afford to consider what you want and there is no need to take the first opportunity you are offered.
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