How to choose the right job sites to register with

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As you probably already know there are thousands of job sites out their all claiming they offer the best service and the most possible jobs.

But looking at this from the same way as looking at recruitment agencies, the more people a job site has registered the easier it is for them to market their services to recruitment agents and companies.

Would you pay in some cases well over £600 to advertise your job on a website that only has a small number of potential people that will see the advert? The short answer would be of course you wouldn’t.

Registering with job sites should be thought out, what’s the point of being registered on 100 job sites when only 5 of them are giving you jobs that you can realistically apply for.

The more jobsites you are registered with the more junk email you have to wade through all telling you about the amount of jobs they currently have listed on their website and that some of those jobs are paying mega money that you’d love to be earning.

We think you’ll agree the most well known job site is so it would be a good idea to register with just for the simple reason of their size and marketing potential. But as for the thousands of other job sites out there be selective.

Go over there site and see just how many jobs they have that are really relevant to you, and check the advert history to see how many they have had over a period of time. If they’ve only advertised one vacancy that you could apply for over the past year then there simply is not point of you registering with them.

Search for specialist job sites that cater strictly for your specific industry these sites are more likely to give you the job leads you are looking for, pick job sites that feature high in the Google search rankings, by high we mean the top 20 (the first 2 pages), it’s generally not worth bothering past the top 20 as most employers/agencies will only pick the top 20 job sites to register their vacancies with. They won’t waste their money on sites that score lower because it doesn’t produce the volume of applicants they want.

And as a general rule the people/companies that run the specialist websites tend to know more about the industry so therefore you’ll find relevant careers advice on a lot of these websites.

Job search is all about being selective and maximising your job lead potential, so when it comes to job sites less is defiantly more.

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Keeping job search records

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Ask yourself a simple question:

Can you remember every application you’ve sent out in the last 2 months?

NO well a lot of people can’t and that’s simply because they either forget to make a record or just don’t see the importance of keeping records of job search.

Why bother to record my job search?

Put simply to save you time in the long run, we all know that many companies don’t bother letting people know that they haven’t been successful in their application, and a few weeks down the line they advertise the same job again and you waste your time applying for the second time.

But if you had kept that record you could be saving that valuable paper/ink and postage cost in applying for the second time. The other advantage to keeping records is that you can analyse the market place and monitor recruitment trends in your area for yourself, and the information you have gathered in your records can help you spot trends in your local employment market and maybe enable you to get the jump on your competition and get an application in before the company get their adverts out.

Another good reason to keep accurate records is that if you are in the unfortunate position of having to claim Job Seekers Allowance Benefit you will be asked to prove what you are doing each time you visit a Jobcentre Plus office.

So what information/records should I keep?

  • The contact name/company name and address
  • The job title of the job you applied for
  • The date you applied
  • What you sent them
  • The closing date for the application
  • Any information supplied by the employer on the follow up process
  • If possible a copy of the job advert
  • Any follow up you have done or plan to do

All this sounds logical and many of you may think you’ll get a job so quickly so there is no need to worry about keeping the records, but the reality is less than 5% of people find a new job from the first company they apply to, so be prepared and keep those records it will help you in the long run.

Selecting the right recruitment agency

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Many people think that signing up with as many recruitment agencies as possible will increase their chances of getting a new job, but in reality visiting every agency in town is wasting both your time and there’s.

Recruitment agencies are there to serve their clients NOT you, they have vacancies to fill for employers and the quicker they can achieve that placement the quicker they can send the invoice and collect the fee.

Most agencies will meet with anyone and get you registered so that they can have your CV on file on the off chance that they may come across an employer that they could place you with, but be under no illusion 95% of recruitment agencies DO NOT go out looking for jobs for YOU they look for people to fill a vacancy.

Spend some time researching the recruitment agencies and see what they can offer you; if they don’t specialise in your industry the likelihood is they won’t be of any use to you and you’ll be wasting your time paying them a visit.

Job search is a time consuming process so wasting that valuable time on registering with recruitment agencies that won’t provide you with the job leads you need is pointless.

In short spend time at the front of your job search select the agencies you want to deal with, and make sure they specialise or at the very least have experience and contacts within your industry. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the recruitment agency to make sure they know your industry and that they will be there to serve you.

If you have the right experience/skills and talent the recruitment agent will want to make sure they can secure you your next job because they know they’ll be able to secure the fee. So tell the agency that you’ve registered with other agencies that they are in competition with; spark some competition for you between the different agencies get them working for you.

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