A guide to using job-boards to assist your job-search

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Our friends at CV Library have kindly written the following blog for us explaining how to get the best results from using a job-board

When you begin your job search, it can be difficult to know which platform is best to use. You may wish to search for relevant positions on social media or to contact employers directly.

However, one of your safest bets is to sign up with a local recruitment agency or better still, a job board that recruiters from these agencies use to find candidates.

There are a number of benefits to registering your CV on a job board and doing so can boost your search massively. Below, we explain how.

Look for relevant opportunities

Job boards are used by tens of thousands of recruiters working in recruitment agencies, SMEs and large corporate companies. These recruiters pay the job board to advertise their vacancies on its site, exposing their roles to millions of candidates like yourself. This means you can use the job board’s search functionality to find the most relevant positions for you.

You can tweak your search based on keyword terms, location, the type of position (e.g. permanent, temporary, etc.), the salary you wish to earn and so on. This ensures that you stand a better chance of finding a job that matches your requirements.

Get headhunted by recruiters

As well as using these sites to search for jobs, by uploading your CV you immediately make it easier for recruiters to find you. Therefore, if you don’t have the time to sift through hundreds of jobs, you can sit back and wait to be contacted by the employers registered on the site.

You can ensure that recruiters only contact you with the most relevant opportunities by keeping your profile up to date.

For example, you may wish to include information such as ‘willing to relocate’, the type of job title you’re looking to secure, salary expectations and so on.

Make the most of job alerts

Many job boards have a functionality called ‘Job Alerts’. These enable you to stay up-to-date with the latest jobs that match your criteria. Essentially, you can set up keywords and save your searches so that the best, most relevant, jobs are delivered straight to your inbox.

These take minutes to set-up and you can create multiple alerts based on the jobs you want to secure. These can be tailored to different locations, job titles and industries, ensuring you don’t miss out on any opportunities.

Research your ideal job

Finally, job boards aren’t just useful for searching for jobs. They can provide practical advice on a range of topics to help you throughout your entire career. With a team of career experts on hand, you can gain advice on how to perfect your CV and cover letter, read tips on performing well in an interview and much more.

Alongside this, these sites tend to have useful career guides, providing insights on how to secure a job in your chosen field. Packed with everything you need to know about what the job entails, the key requirements for the role and the career progression opportunities, you’ll soon gain a better idea of whether your ideal job, is ideal for you.

 

In summary

Finding a new job doesn’t need to be stressful. By using the right tools, you’ll stand a better chance of finding a role that is relevant to your needs. Set aside the necessary time to search for jobs and maximise your profile and you’ll soon find a position that’s right for you.

CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent job board. For more expert advice on careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice and Recruitment Insight pages.