Getting the best out of applying for vacancies

on job boards

Are you looking for a change in career? Maybe you’re on the hunt for an exciting new role but are unsure of how or where to start.

Job boards can be a massively useful tool, which not only offer easy access to a huge range of positions available, but also allow you to search for roles by a specific skill set and even get some healthy careers advice along the way.

Be seen…

Recruiters will use job boards to help them discover a range of candidates for the roles that they have available. So it pays to get your name out there, because in that way you’ll be seen by not only the people advertising the job, but also those advertising ones like it.

When your CV is put in all the right places, there may not even be a need to apply at all, because the recruiters could be queueing up to headhunt you!

Be selective – you’re worth it!

Always cherry pick the vacancies that interest you and don’t get sucked into applying for everything. This can make you look desperate for any role that comes your way, rather than being focused on where your greatest skills lie.

Be aware…

As with everything in life, jobs boards come with the odd pitfall, such as a few fake jobs which are posted simply as a way to get CVs. Ensure you do your research on the company and consultant posting the job prior to applying for the vacancy, this way you’ll know you’re not wasting your time.

Become a detective…

In order to know that you’re putting your faith in the right recruiter, research is key. Look into the background of the recruitment agency and call the recruiter.

Don’t be put off if they may be slightly cold at first, it’s no reflection on you or your ability. It’s known that some recruiters call competitors pretending to be a candidate just to find out who their client is, so they can often be wary to start with.

Be a one man band…

Sticking with one recruitment consultant is often a great way to discover your dream career as it’s an opportunity for the recruiter to really get to know you and discover your true personality, aspirations and skill sets.

On the flip side, if you want as many recruiters to receive your CV as possible, then you need to optimise your CV – much like recruiters do with their vacancy posts. You will then get a higher ranking above your competitors.

When a CV lands on the job board CV database, recruiters have watchdogs set up so many will receive that CV within two hours of the application and if it’s good, it will then get punted around.

This all may seem a long way to go about applying for a job – after all, you’re not even at interview stage yet. But, the fact is, if you are that serious about your career and want a professional recruiter to represent you correctly, then you have to put some effort in to get the right people on board.

To find out more about how we build great relationships with our candidates and clients, get in touch with us today.