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How to use online tools effectively to search for your next career move

by Sellick Partnership | 18 July 2016

The internet is an excellent job search tool, which will allow you to browse through thousands of great opportunities from the comfort of your home. To stay ahead of the game, candidates must ensure they are using the job boards to their advantage, maximising their chances of landing their dream job. 

What do you want your next career move to be?
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 and your career.  I receive a number of CVs on a daily basis and the biggest mistake candidates always make is being too vague about their requirements. Be more specific.  Always take the time to define or describe what types of positions you are seeking as this will ultimately trigger a potential employer or recruitment agency to find you online quicker.  

Which online tools will be more effective to you?
Conduct research into websites which are more tailored to your experience and background. 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 always sign up for email alerts. Many job sites offer a service that sends postings matching your job search criteria directly to your inbox. Utilise these available tools and it will help you stay ahead of the competition. 

The best route to explore is a niche job board, which specialises in particular job functions and industries. They often list positions that do not appear on some of the larger, general 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. 

Be selective
It is good to be selective in your search for a job. Being selective means you have evaluated your options and are pursuing those most suitable to you and your goals. Candidates should undertake more research into the company and role before applying for a position. Jumping at the first position you are offered may leave you regretting a job with 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. 

If you would like further assistance with your job search, please contact me on 0113 243 9775 or browse our latest roles.