Guidelines for Using Job Boards

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Today job boards are regarded as an effective job hunting tool

The competition for employment on job boards is cut-throat, there are thousands of applicants and companies have quite a task filtering through copious applications, so how do you turn a job board to your advantage?

Market your CV appropriately; for example, use key words, because firms will use key words when describing a job role, and in an ‘industry search’ you want your CV to emerge when a company executes that all important search.  Also remember to up-date your CV regularly as firms will search recent applications. 

Selecting the correct job boards 
Apart from signing up to the well-known established job boards, bear in mind looking at smaller job boards that specifically focus in one particular industry or, for instance, specialise in graduate/student placements.  Steer well clear of typing in basic phrases such as ‘clerical assistant’ – it is important to input major words to portray your credentials to maximum effect because this will open up more prospects. Furthermore before you reject completing an application form take a brief look at the background of the company before you write it off. 

Submitting applications through job boards
Be careful in your selection, do not waste time in over applying for hundreds of jobs, avoid sending hasty applications, it is a complete waste of time and also the employers.  It is essential to be precise with your details so you can receive accurate job alerts, and always read the small print on an application form.  Bear in mind that companies using job boards receive thousands of poorly worded and sloppy completed application forms – do not be in that bracket.  By filling in an application form completely and correctly you will simply maximise your chance of securing an interview. 

Make the most of using the job board as a research tool
Use it to determine which companies are presently recruiting and what specific industries have increased their candidate in-take, also what part of the country are there currently expanding job opportunities.  By collecting all this information you can effectively create your own strategic approach to your “job hunting”.

Disadvantages of job boards
Be prepared for disappointment, there are many jobs advertised on job boards which do not exist or are simply out-dated, therefore do not rely on job boards completely in your job search.  Furthermore, there could well be hundreds of applicants for one job; keep in mind that job boards are no magic panacea when it comes to finding a job but they are, of course, a functional tool in your job hunt.