The ways that we go about a job search have changed. It used to be that you could call a few recruiters, send out some job applications and look for job ads in your Saturday newspaper.
A job search now? - It's a jungle out there!
Free Job Search
Many people believe that such online services like free job search or resume posting are all equal or as good as job search services also known as job search engines. No, they are wrong because they are designed for a different purposes. Let me explain in some details:
- free job search at search engines - Some people say that you can find your new job at search engines like Google or Yahoo. Yes, you can but ... you can research companies and recruiters if you know they Internet addresses. If you know such addresses do you thing that they have jobs waiting for you? Do they have a job you are looking for? Do they have a job which is suitable for your qualifications, skills and in your desired location? How long would take you to find one suitable for you job - a day, a week, a few weeks? That cost you your time. Time is money. So, is it really free? Isn't it better to leave this task to professionals and utilize your time for something more efficient?
- free job search services - there are hundreds of them on line but nothing is for free. Most often you need to register leaving your name and email address. They "protect your privacy" but who guarantees this? They are much smaller and less resourceful then the leading job search engines. Often they are getting they jobs from the job search engines in a first place. Usually they cover small areas like a city or town and list jobs from the local newspapers. They are good for small jobs like trades, sales or temporary jobs, If you are seeking other jobs you may need to look at free job services associated with bigger towns.
Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samples, CV templates, resume samples and resume templates or:
- "fill in the blanks" resume writing software.
Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your resume or CV.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
In recent years it become increasingly popular to join the LinkedIn or Facebook social networking websites for professionals, where you may search for jobs and have your keyword-optimized, rich content profile with current CV or resume. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the CV/resume you send along. If you do not have an account, create one and include your social media link(s) on your CV/resume.
However, you should manage your online presence. Eliminate any photos and statements that could reflect poorly on you. From an employer’s point of view, someone who emphasizes partying on a social networking site is not focused on jobs and those who post complaints about work or colleagues are less desirable candidates. Online CV/resume should not include sensitive information as they could show lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.
Other Free Job Search Info
When you receive an invitation to the job interview, you may apply for the visa and work permit. Then prepare yourself for job interview and take a look at dress code because how you dress is the one of the most important attribute in being hired.
Good luck with your free job search!