How to Find the Right Job Vacancies Online

It's 1989. Students march on Tiananmen Square and Duran Duran tops the charts. The Internet is in its infancy and candidates still have to scour local newspapers to find job vacancies.

Fast forward twenty years. Along with so many other changes, the Internet has grown up and is now the medium of choice for locating job vacancies. Practically every company has a website it uses to promote itself and to list its jobs. Meanwhile, powerful job search engines and online employment agencies have multiplied, giving job seekers unprecedented access to job vacancies.

If you're still relying on random newspaper adverts to uncover job vacancies, you might as well be living in the 1980s! It's time to leverage the Internet to find the job vacancies that are right for you.

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Print is Passé

Experts today recommend searching for job vacancies online rather than looking in a newspaper because:

  • Unlike job search engines and some online newspaper sites, print newspapers are not searchable except with the naked eye and a pencil to circle those occasional job vacancies that may match your experience. This makes finding jobs in a print newspaper inefficient and time-consuming.
  • Since employers and recruiters pay to advertise job vacancies in print, they must be selective. As a result, job ads in newspapers typically represent only a small portion of all the current jobs available at any given time. In contrast, employers can take advantage of a variety of online sites and services to list all their job vacancies, often at no cost. Hence, there are more job vacancies to choose from.
  • Job vacancies listed in print are literally here today, gone tomorrow. Online job vacancies have a much longer shelf life, and candidates are therefore likely to find a wider selection of available jobs when they go online.

Safe Surfing

When you go online looking for job vacancies, remember that not all sites are created equal and some are not what they appear to be. While the Internet can be a fast, efficient way to uncover potential jobs, it remains largely unregulated. Stay safe online and steer clear of phony job ads or other potential problems:

  • Whether you're using a newspaper or the Internet to identify job vacancies, always perform an Internet search on the firm to make sure it's a bona fide company and they aren't using phony job vacancies to gather personal information. A recent iProfile study found that 107 job seekers sent their CV to a fictional company without checking online first to find out if the company was fake or not.
  • When you submit your CV online to apply for job vacancies, don't include personally-identifying information. Leave out details like date of birth, passport information, marital status, and other facts irrelevant to the job but that could be used by someone to commit identity fraud.
  • Always rely on trusted career services or sites like iProfile. Use iProfile to create a free and secure online CV - this minimizes the risk of identity theft.

Double Your Advantage

When you put iProfile to work in your job search, your online CV will be accessible to thousands of leading recruiters and employers in the UK and elsewhere. Recruiters across all industries and locations increasingly depend upon iProfile's CV format to identify qualified candidates.

At the same time, by using iProfile's powerful job search tool, you can instantly access job vacancies across hundreds of job boards all from a single site. Search job vacancies by keyword, location, and/or salary to find the position that’s right for you.

For more on finding job vacancies online - securely and efficiently - visit iProfile.