Useful Tips for Searching for Jobs Online in 2012

With record numbers of applicants for virtually every job, the employment market is more competitive and challenging than ever before.

An effective job search is crucial if applicants are to be successful. Many vacancies are closed in record time for new applicants and finding that potential job opportunity when it reaches the board can sometimes be missed by job seekers.

Despite the challenging economic times there are a large number of jobs available particularly in temporary and part time positions across a variety of sectors. Job searches and filters can be used to omit or include these positions depending on each jobs board. Some filters are pre-applied so it is important to check what options are selected prior to searching.

Job seekers usually make the mistake of submitting to just one jobs board or recruitment agency and whilst this will undoubtedly contain a large number of advertised jobs, it may also miss a number of other opportunities that are posted and advertised elsewhere, particularly in niche and industry specific sectors.

Sign Up to Industry Specific Searches
Many employers will opt to post their job vacancies on industry or sector specific online recruitment agencies or jobs boards and whilst the quality of competition of job applicants may be higher, this delivers highly targeted and ideal employment opportunities. Researching relevant and associated industry, sector or niche specific job boards will yield a higher return of targeted jobs.

Set Up Email Alerts
The use of email alerts straight into your inbox is also highly recommended. Setting up a number of email alerts for one or more different job titles and occupations is advised, particularly at broader online recruitment agencies and jobs boards. The balance of these email alerts however is key. Too broad a search and the positions returned are too vague and irrelevant. Too exact and there will be few jobs returned. These job alerts ideally should be frequently received and where possible on a daily basis.

Know Your Job Titles
A lot of relevant job vacancies can be missed from bad searches. It is important to understand the different job titles that may be associated with a desired career or even job. Government agencies, employment organisations and recruiters can help best identify the specific job titles that are linked to specific areas and this can bring back better and more targeted job vacancies.

Be Prepared to Travel
Job seekers tend to be quite rigid in the area they want to work and how far they are prepared to travel and commute. Increasing job searches to just 5 or 10 miles further afield can sometimes dramatically improve a job seekers chance of employment with generally fewer candidates applying for these vacancies.

Go To Employers Directly
Some companies will not advertise externally and on recruitment agencies and jobs board. Regular visiting the jobs section of these employers is advised. These vacancies are usually open internally only, but approaching these businesses can prove quite beneficial for job seekers outside of conventional online job searches.

Guest Expert:

Marie Warren believes that using online job searches correctly can help many job seekers be successful and find employment. Marie currently works for who are a leading online recruitment agency in the UK that specialises in low cost recruitment.

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