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How to make the most of your job search in the modern age

26 Jul

The way that we hunt for jobs has changed massively in the past ten years. Whereas before we’d be trawling local newspapers in the hope of finding a suitable job, today we have access to millions of vacancies at the touch of a button. The rise of the Internet lets us hunt for our dream jobs like never before, using a whole new range of tools to do so.

From social media to careers websites, here’s what you need to know about acing your online hunt and finding the perfect job in a way that suits you.

Use different channels

Job hunting isn’t just about typing your preferred position and location into Google and pressing ‘enter’. Companies are turning to ever-more inventive ways of catching your attention and posting their jobs online, so don’t limit yourself. Make the most of the variety of tools available to you, from job boards to specialist recruitment agencies to sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn. Over 93% of companies use the latter social networking platform to connect with new talent, but only 4% of users regularly check their accounts; if this is you, you might be missing out on great opportunities.

More and more employers are also posting their vacancies on careers websites, where they can share a huge variety of their own jobs whilst also letting you browse their company culture, employee stories and more. You’ll discover jobs you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise and get a much more rounded idea of what that company is like, which means that when you come to make your decision you’ll be much better informed- and much more invested in the company.

Grow your networks

It’s easy to be intimidated by the idea of reaching out to potential employers on social media. However, there’s no better place to turn to for advice and information.

Follow your dream companies on social media to get a better idea of when they post jobs and what kind of person they’re looking for. Post information that’s related to your industry on your own social media profiles to build your online profile and show people that you’re committed to finding a job in that sector. As for offline networking, industry events and job fairs present great opportunities for meeting and building professional relationships with people in your field.

Market yourself

Did you know that 73% of companies have used social media to successfully recruit a candidate? Don’t let yourself fall behind: make sure that your own social media profiles are professional and polished. Update your privacy settings before embarking on your job search, ensuring potential employers can only see information you are comfortable sharing with professional networks. After all, in an age where you can Google a name before you meet the person, you don’t want employers to form a bad impression of you even before you apply for the vacancy!

Go pro with Google for Jobs

Google for Jobs went live in the UK on 17th July, and it will inevitably shake up the way you hunt for new roles. It’s a great starting point for your job search, as it basically acts like a job board, pulling in vacancies from all over the internet and displaying them in a handy widget on the Search Results page, whether you’re hunting on a mobile phone, tablet or computer. Should you want to, you can even apply to your dream job through whichever sites the job is hosted on. The functionality means you see jobs relevant to your search from different companies and recruiters, with the option to refine your search field according to location, specific job category, salary and date posted.

To get started, just type the job and location into Google, and get browsing.

Search smarter with Travis Perkins

At Travis Perkins, we’re proud to connect the most talented, passionate people to the best jobs in the market. Whatever you’re looking for, take the next step with us: browse our blog for insights into life at Travis Perkins, or have a look at our list of vacancies across all of our companies.

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