How to Search for a Job with Recruitment Sites
Apologies for the further delay, but we were having technical issues with uploading pictures from different recruitment websites. These pictures were supposed to explain step by step how to do an effective job search. We managed to upload one photo out of the pack and decided to go ahead with the post as it was an important picture we were able to upload.
There are many recruitment website applicants can use for job search. There are generic sites like Indeed, Reed, Totaljobs, Simplyhired, Jobisjob, Trovit, cv-library, Jobrapido, the Guardian job, Jobsite etc. Then there are more specific jobs for certain sectors such as; local council job website (for local civil service jobs), TES (Time Education Supplement- education jobs), Trac jobs (for health jobs), Retailchoice (for retail jobs), etc. When using any generic recruitment search, it is best to search for jobs directly from the employers. Employers pay a premium for their adverts and will consider all applications during the recruitment stages. This option is always in the “advance” search or the “more” search. The rest of the adverts are agencies that paid to have multiple adverts. Please see the example below with the Indeed website. We used other websites to show variety but was unable to upload.
When you see a job advert you want to apply to, check the Person Specification (PS) first before checking the Job Description (JD). The PS inform you of what skills, qualities and qualification that are important for the role. Remember, you don’t have to have all the skills and qualities, but the more you match, the better chance you will have of securing that all-important interview. The only section of the PS you must have is the qualification and or registrations. If you do not match the essential qualifications and/or registration, DO NOT apply. Your application or CV will not be shortlisted even if you matched the rest of the PS 100%. For example, in the health sector- all clinicians must have the correct qualifications associated with their profession and be registered with the appropriate regulating bodies. Gas Engineer, Accountants, Solicitors, etc., need to have the qualification and be registered. The reasons for this are for insurance purposes and accountability.