Finding jobs online

Finding jobs online 

What jobs are advertised on the internet?

There are a very large number and range of jobs advertised on the internet  Even if companies are using Job Centre plus or a newspaper to advertise their job there is a good chance that the company will also have the vacancy advertised on their web site. 

Do all recruitment agencies have websites?

As well as Job Centre Plus and Careers Wales lots of other private recruitment agencies have on line sites. The sites work in similar ways. You enter information (a profile) about the type of work you would like, where you would like to work, salary, hours etc. The site will then match you with job vacancies.  Many on line agencies will allow you to register and will save your profile. You can then get notification usually by email, if any matching vacancies arise..

Some tips for on line job search:

  • If you have specialist skills e.g. nursing, IT, design look for agencies specialising in your area of work.
  • Make a list of the agencies you register with and check your emails regularly.
  • Check the details on your registration/profile regularly. Keep it up to date.  If you change your mind about location or get a new qualification – make sure you amend your profiles.
  • You may need to apply on line for vacancies.  Have all your details on your computer or data storage device so that you can cut and paste or copy details into an on line application.

Some tips for applying on line:

  • All the same advice applies to on line application as applies to applying on paper. Look at our advice on Application forms letters and emails and Personal statements and  CVs.
  • Sometimes an employer may use a computer search to ‘sort’ out applicants. This means that the computer will search your on line form for ‘key words’. These may include qualifications, special skills or experience. Read the job advert carefully. Try and use these words as often as you can.
  • Try not to use too much formatting (e.g. columns, tables, boxes). The employers word processing system may not be that same as yours and may get lost in the system.
  • Check your spelling and grammar very carefully—don’t rely on the spell checker. If you are not used to reading on line print off your form or CV and check it through.
  • Some on line forms will have word limits on certain sections. Check this out – you may need to rewrite sections such as your personal statement to fit the limits.

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