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TRC tips for righting the right role for you online

Kate Shorthouse

The Recruitment Crowd would like to give you a few tips on how to land the right role online.

With so many jobs being advertised on the internet, and so many being hired from online postings, it pays to know your way around an online job search. Here’s what you need to know to find, and land, that dream job posted online. 

Know Where To Look


You can’t find the jobs if you don’t know where to look. Start with aggregate sites like Monster.com, Reed.co.uk & Totaljobs.co.uk. Just put “jobs” into a search engine and you’ll get more hits than you know what to do with. To that end, you’ll need a way to narrow down your search sites.

If you are looking for a job in an sector with which you are already familiar, take a look at the sites of the big-name companies in your field. Almost every company will have a career section. Even better find recruitment companies that specialise within the sector you work in.

 

Don’t Get Stuck on Job Title


While you may consider yourself an account executive, the perfect job for you may be listed under a different job title. Try searching for synonyms, in this example consider sales executive or account manager, and if the site allows it, use category searches to get a broader look – just be sure you don’t limit yourself by category either.

 

Keep Things Professional

When you have found the jobs you want to apply for, remember that applying online means your computer competency will be immediately apparent. If you can’t figure out how to attach you resume to your email, and the job requires computer skills, you may not make it past the recruiter’s inbox. If you aren’t sure, ask a friend for help, or consider taking a basic computer skills course to brush up – and add it to your resume.

 

When you apply online, make sure you use a professional email address, and attach your resume in a word document with the file saved as .doc, not .docx. If your potential employer can’t open your resume, they will likely just delete it. Sending a file with an uncommon extension may cause your email to end up in the spam folder.

 

Keep Track

Whether you’re applying online or in-person, you need to keep track of the companies and positions you have applied to. The ease of applying online makes it easier to send duplicates and forget the details of a job posting when you are contacted. If you are reached by email, the latter isn’t a big deal, but if your potential employer calls, you will want to know who you are talking to and about which position you are being contacted. This is especially important if you are giving out your phone number. Keep a notebook or printed record of the companies, positions, contact numbers and a few details for each position you apply to.

 

Keep on top of changes in the job market 

Follow Up in the Real World Don’t get stuck in cyber land; follow up on jobs by calling. This will show you are serious about the position, and even if you aren’t right for the one you applied for, a follow-up call could give you a lead on a similar position. Again, keep things professional; calling up and telling the recruiter how desperate you are for the job will make you seem immature and will not help your case.