Most people are aware that the Internet is a hugely important resource for job hunters. Apart from the opportunity to search for jobs you can use the Internet in a number of different ways in order to raise your professional profile and make your details easier to find for both employers and recruiters.
- Using the Internet you can:
- Search for jobs on Internet job sites
- Register your CV to receive details of suitable jobs
- Upload your CV so that it is visible to recruiters
- Search for jobs using social media like Facebook & Twitter
- Use professional networking sites like LinkedIn
The first thing you should consider is uploading your CV to some of the Internet job sites. Most of the sites have this facility and it’s well worth doing. The main job sites are a prime source of candidates for most recruiters and employers, so you definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity of being “found” on the Internet by this route. An important tip here is to make sure that you regularly ‘refresh’ your CV on the job site. Most recruiters tend to search for CVs that have been added to the site recently on the assumption that these will be the most active job seekers. So make sure that you either ‘refresh’ your CV or take it down and upload it again on a regular basis; this way your CV will always come up in the recruiters’ searches for ‘recently added’ CVs.
Here are some of the major job boards in the UK (that also list international jobs) that you might use both to search for jobs and to upload your CV:
This site is owned by the UK Financial Times. Here you will find any number of roles in a range of different sectors at salaries ranging from £50,000 a year to above £250,000 a year. There are also international roles.
Monster is by far the biggest job site in the World and there are many international jobs advertised. You can search for jobs in a specific location so for example you can refine your search to include jobs in finance in London with salaries in excess of £50,000. Monster is a major resource for recruiters as there are more than 13 million CVs stored on the site.
If you are specifically looking for roles in the finance world then this is the site for you. There are finance roles in just about every discipline including senior roles in investment banking and again there are a significant number of international roles.
You don’t have to register or upload your CV in order to search for jobs, however it will make the process of actually applying for a job from the job site much simpler if you do first register and upload your CV to the site. Remember that just because you have uploaded your CV to a job site does not mean that everyone can see it. You have complete control and, like Facebook, you can choose to make your personal data public or not.
Another interesting source of jobs on the Internet would be the various job sites that “aggregate” jobs from a wide number of different job sites. These sites “crawl” over all of the job sites (over 600 job sites in the UK) and bring them to you all in one place, usually listing over a million vacancies. These sites may also list jobs advertised on employer web sites. A good example of an aggregate site would be www.indeed.co.uk
You can search the aggregate job sites in exactly the same way as you would use the main job sites. The advantage is that they will search many lesser known job sites that may be used by smaller organizations or regional sites that advertise jobs locally to your area. A list of aggregate job sites can be found in Chapter 11 – Resources.
Registering your CV on the job sites
Most of the Internet job sites provide the facility to register your CV, you can then receive regular emails that relate to jobs that you specify. This is a very useful facility which means that you do not have to keep searching the sites on a daily basis. If you set up your search correctly then you will receive notification of all relevant jobs that match your search criteria. Remember again that simply registering your details does not mean that you have to make your CV public.
Uploading your CV to job sites
You can upload your CV to most of the Internet job sites. You can then use the site in one of two ways. You can simply upload your CV (or in some cases several different versions of your CV) and then make applications for jobs that have been advertised on that site. You will have a paper trail in the form of a confirmation email from the site each time you apply for a job. But you also have the option to make your CV public and then enable recruiters and employers to approach you directly and consider you for jobs some of which may not have been advertised. Most recruiters search the main job sites on a daily basis but you should be aware that if you do not want people to see your details you can control this feature and deactivate your CV at any time.
In addition to the Internet job sites, remember also that many of the recruitment agencies will also have lists of vacancies on their own sites which you can search. A longer list of some of the recruitment agencies and headhunters can be found in the Resources section at the end of this book.
The process of uploading your CV is broadly similar on all of the main job sites all over the world. Apart from the Internet job sites remember that you can also register and upload your CV on many of the recruitment agency web sites.
There are a number of issues to consider when uploading your CV and making it visible on an Internet job site. You are going to make your personal details and the fact that you are looking for a new job, very public. It may seem an obvious point but don’t upload your CV (and make it visible) until you are ready to start your job search. If you are still working then you will probably not want to publicize the fact that you are looking for an alternative position. If you are simply working out your notice or you have already informed your employer that you intend to leave then this is not going to be a problem. Remember that at any time you can delete or temporarily suspend your CV on the job sites.
If you are going away or you are at the final interview stage for a job then you probably won’t want to receive frequent calls from recruiters. Of course if you want to start receiving calls once more then you can easily make your CV visible again.
As mentioned earlier you should consider creating a special email address and using a separate mobile number so that you can keep your job search communications separate from your personal communications.
|Total Job Search TipGet a separate email address and mobile phone number for your job search.|
The importance of keywords
Using the right keywords in your CV will enable recruiters to “find” your CV. Think carefully about the likely keywords that will be used in a search for candidates with your background and experience. Keep checking advertisements and check the kind of language, words and phrases that are commonly used in job advertisements for jobs that interest you and make sure that those words and phrases are used in your CV. Many of the job sites allow you to provide a brief summary of your experience which will become the “thumbnail” description that the recruiter will see before he or she actually opens your CV document. That summary needs to be written using key words that will be found in a search and will grab the attention of the recruiter. An abbreviated version of your CV profile will probably be about the right length for this brief summary of your experience.