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How to do the best searches on job board and agency sites (like ours!)

Online recruitment has been one of the major success stories over the past few years with thousands of sites now operating in the UK alone. This massive growth has changed the way jobs are advertised and found. Only a small percentage of jobs end up in the back of newspapers or trade magazines now; they are a dying service for job seekers as the plummeting advertising revenues for this media will testify.

Every major company or recruitment agency in the UK will now display vacancies on their own website. They will also use at least one job board to find the skills they need for their business, either by posting their vacancies or by accessing a database of registered candidates.

Where to start your job search?

The easiest place to start is to type in your basic requirements into your favourite search engine, such as Google.

When the results come back, you are going to have links to a several different sources:

  • Job Search Engines / Aggregators gather lists of jobs from many of the big job sites, employers, and recruitment agencies and then allow you to search all the jobs in their database using a single search. This is much quicker than going to all the individual job websites and performing searches yourself, but they can be a little inaccurate.
  • Job Boards - are websites that specialise in job vacancy advertising. They display jobs from many employers and recruitment agencies. The big job boards have vacancies in all sectors and industries, whilst niche boards are dedicated to one particular area.
  • Portals and Online Versions of Magazines / Newspapers - the online editions of the local, national, and industry newspapers and magazines tend to have fewer job vacancies than the job boards as they maintain a high price for advertising so as not to cannibalise sales for their traditional media. However, the vacancies are often of a high quality and at Executive level is still the media of choice.
  • Recruitment Agency Sites – will display the vacancies they are recruiting for on behalf of their clients. They may have many more vacancies that are not advertised so it's wise to telephone them first and enquire about your preferred type of role before discounting the company.
  • Employer Career Sections – larger companies will often have a comprehensive careers section which will include a list of vacancies

How to Search

Keywords are words, phrases, and terms that you can enter to describe technical and professional experience, locations and company names. By typing in various keywords, you will maximise your chances of retrieving jobs that most accurately match your search.

If the jobs that come back in your results are not what you expecting, try using the ‘Advanced’ or ‘More Search Options’ function which will allow you to be more specific.

If you are searching for a job title which crosses several different market sectors, ‘Project Manager’ is a good example, you’ll need to either use advanced search fields to filter out roles that are unsuitable.

About the Author: Neil Wilkie is the Group Marketing and Communications Manager for the Fusion People group of companies . You can find out more on Neil's Linkedin or Google+ profile.

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