Month: June 2016

How to Look for Job Vacancies Online

Before the rise of the Internet, the first place that job seekers would go to find the latest job vacancies was the local newspaper’s classified ads. Now, of course, you can see all manner of jobs, from any kind of employer, with a simple search on job boards like Reliance Recruitment or aggregation sites such as Indeed. And, with some quick clicking, you can apply to scores of jobs in an evening.

Unfortunately, many people feel that this is the way you are supposed to search for job vacancies to the exclusion of everything else. When you approach it this way, you are in for a long and frustrating experience with diminished chances for success.

Recently, a person complained that he’s been diligently applying to jobs on Indeed. He claimed to be selective and, over the last several months, sent out more than 80 applications. “So, what’s your response been to all this activity?” he was asked.

“Zero … not a single interview,” he reported with a marked sense of exasperation.

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People often don’t realize how great the odds are stacked against job seekers for virtually every online advertisement. Human resources screeners commonly see hundreds upon hundreds of resumes submitted in response to their ads on job vacancies. Of those, only a scant few will result in a conversation. Yet, on the employer side, it’s not uncommon to find someone to hire by placing an advertisement.

A better way then to search for job vacancies is to browse through niche job boards like Reliance Recruitment where ads are categorized according to their industry. This will cut the population of job seekers down to a relatively lesser number and only to those who are perfectly fit to the requirements of job vacancies. Reliance Recruitment, like I’ve said is industry-focused job board where most of its job vacancies are focused on industrial or technical jobs.

Aside from choosing a niche job board like Reliance Recruitment though in seeking for job vacancies, there are some other tips you can consider to boost your job vacancies search online:

  • Take time to build your network, both in person and online. Attend networking events, participate in your professional organizations and introduce yourself to people. Practice the art of small talk. Understand that, with every new acquaintance you make, you enlarge your network.
  • Narrow your applications to a relatively few positions. Don’t bother with a lot of “Hail Marys” for which you clearly aren’t well suited to meet the employer’s needs. Instead, look for positions where you can add value to employers.
  • Do your research before you reach out to the employer. Check out the company in the news or on LinkedIn. Figure out its challenges, and how you can add value with your skills and experience. Use this research as you make your case for being considered in your cover letter.
  • Figure out how you can network your way into the company before you apply. You can use LinkedIn to find people in the company you can proactively reach out to for informational interviews. Don’t ask for help at the onset, but instead spend some time building a relationship and make yourself the first one to offer help before you ask for it.
  • Ask your contact if the company has an employee referral program. If so, would he be interested in forwarding your resume to the right person? Remember that, if you’ve already submitted your resume to the company, the employee won’t get credit for your application, and that makes a big difference.

Remember the old story of the tortoise and the hare. Slow but sure can win the race. The same is true with your job search online through general or niche job boards like Reliance Recruitment. Go for fewer job applications, but do a thorough job of researching each and making a clear argument for how and why you can add value to the company. It’s tedious work, but in the end, your chances of success will skyrocket.

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