How can I find a job online?
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic lots of us are looking for new or alternative forms of employment.
At FAC3, we want to support you in your online job hunt journey
When you start looking for jobs online, it can quickly become overwhelming. With so many job sites fighting for your attention and so many jobs to apply for, how do you know where to start?
Whether you're looking for a position in marketing or mechanical engineering, administration or accounting, there are several things to remember before you get lost in the web. In this blog we’ll cover 10 of our top tips to ensure you get the most out of your online job hunt.
At the bottom of this page, you’ll also find a list of links to all of the useful sites we mention in our blog.
👉 Get your CV ready before you start looking for jobs.
Have your CV primed and ready to go before you start your job hunt. Then when you find a role you want to go for, you’ll be able to apply straight away.
There’s nothing worse than spending hours trawling the web for your dream job, to eventually find it, and realise you need to spend time improving your CV. Even if you plan on tweaking your CV to make sure it’s maximised for each job you apply for, you should always start with a CV that’s 99% there.
👉 Use job sites that are a good fit for the role you want to secure.
There are oodles of options out there, from general job sites like Indeed, TotalJobs and Reed, to industry specific job boards like MarketingWeek and EngineeringJobs.
If you want to maximise your chance of securing a job, it’s worth looking at large sites that will have lots of opportunities available.
If you’re determined to work within a defined industry niche, try starting with the job boards that specialise in your industry before moving on to more general sites.
👉 Explore similar job titles.
When you’ve decided on the job sites you want to use, do a bit of digging.
Scroll through the list of available jobs and click on any job titles that you think may be similar to your own. Read the job description and see if it matches your skills and experience. If it does, you can expand your job search to include different job titles, but still focus on roles that suit you and your abilities.
You may find that your role can have a different job title depending on the industry or specific company.
👉 Share your CV.
If you’d be open to any role and you’re looking for some inspiration, it’s worth uploading your CV to the job sites you use.
By uploading your CV to the job site itself (and not just when you apply for a role), recruiters will have access to your CV. If they find a role that fits your skill set, you may find that you get headhunted for a role you hadn’t even discovered!
To help make it easier for recruiters to find your CV, make sure you include keywords that match your experience within your CV, for example ‘sales’, ‘administration’ or ‘HR’.
👉 Make a note of application deadlines.
If you decide to make a shortlist of jobs to apply for, and plan to go back and fill out the application forms later on, make sure you keep an eye on the deadline for applications!
Being organised with dates will help make sure you prioritise your shortlist and apply for roles with the shortest application period first.
👉 Be methodical.
Don’t try and fire out 30 applications in one day.
You’ll end up with a headache from spending too much time in front of your laptop, and you’re unlikely to do yourself justice.
There’s no point in casting a wide net if you’re not giving yourself the time you need to give them a good shot. Even though applying for jobs can be a tedious process, you need to acknowledge that it will take time, and be methodical in your approach.
Work out how long it takes you to fill in each application form, and be realistic with your expectations.
👉 Sign up for job alerts.
Most job sites will allow you to set up a job alert that notifies you when more jobs are uploaded within the sector or geographical area you’re looking for.
Instead of having to closely monitor sites yourself, you’ll receive an email that’ll take you straight to the new positions - saving you time and effort!
👉 Watch out for warning signs.
When you start applying for jobs online, you may find that certain listings make you feel a little uneasy.
If a job description is vague, or sounds too good to be true, make sure you do your own Google search for the company. If the company is legitimate, their website is also likely to show their job opening. If a listing has been posted by a recruitment agency rather than the company itself, contact the recruitment agency and ask to find out more about the role.
👉 Don’t underestimate the power of LinkedIn!
As well as using job boards for your online job hunt, LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful tool for recruiters and those looking to be recruited. Over 75% of people who have recently changed jobs, used LinkedIn as part of their job hunt.
Get your profile up to date and make sure you let recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities.
👉 Be logical.
If you have a wage in mind and the job listed doesn’t show a salary, it might be worth contacting the company directly to find out what the salary will be. There’s no point in spending 40 minutes preparing your application to realise that you wouldn’t be willing to work for the amount of money a position offers.
Equally, if you start increasing your search area, make sure you would be willing to travel to and from work every day (if required). Don’t apply for a role that would mean an impossible commute.
Looking for remote work
Most job sites now also have the option to search for remote jobs. If you’re specifically looking for a work from home position, it’s worth making sure you utilise this feature. If WFH is your bag, you’ll also be able to look for jobs on remote-only job sites such as FlexJobs and We Work Remotely.
We know searching for jobs can be tough, but you’ll reap the rewards when you secure your brand new position!
If you start to feel yourself losing faith in your online job hunt, take some time out. Leave the laptop, move away from your CV, and come back to it when you’re feeling refreshed.
It’s incredibly important to keep your energy levels high, and your spirits up. Positivity will help you to be more productive in your job search, and will keep you focused on your end goal: getting that new role!
Useful links for your online job search: