Despite concerns of a hiring slowdown amongst the constant Brexit jitters, the UK recruitment landscape remains a positive place for job hunters. In fact, the number of UK jobs is up by nearly a third in August.
To help you make those most of this positive growth, here’s our in-depth guide on how to use a job board to aid your job search and land your next role.
What is a job board?
Job boards are a great online recruitment tool used by job hunters, recruitment agencies and employers.
That’s why there are lots of job boards out there. Some are generalist, like CV-Library. Generalist boards are suitable for all job hunters no matter what their profession. Others are industry specific and cater to specialised niches which may or may not be helpful to you.
But whichever type they are, job boards have two main purposes. The first is to host job adverts on behalf of recruitment agencies and employers. This increase the exposure of a vacancy – the more places it’s posted, the more people see it and the more applicants it receives.
The second purpose is to help those looking for a job. As a job hunter, you can search through thousands of vacancies posted by top recruiters and employers and apply for the roles.
To use the job board, you simply need to register and upload your CV.
How can a job board help me find work?
Job boards are just one of the many job searching tools out there. You can sign up to as many as you like to aid your search.
Here are just a few ways job boards can help you:
Search and apply for the latest vacancies
You don’t need to sign up to job boards to browse roles, although you’ll need to register if you want to apply to a vacancy.
Just be aware that many recruitment agencies and employers may post their jobs on more than one site to maximise the role’s visibility. Therefore, you may see the same position crop up over and over.
That said, many recruitment agencies and employers may use just one job board to advertise their vacancies. So depending on your desired role, industry or level, you may want to sign up to as many as you can to ensure you don’t miss any exclusive postings.
When you register and upload your CV to a job board, it enters a CV database unique to that site. Recruiters and employers paying to use the job board’s services can browse this database to find suitable candidates for their roles.
If a recruiter finds your CV and thinks you’re a great match, they’re likely to contact you and pitch you the job. They’re essentially doing your job search for you!
That said, if you don’t fancy being contacted out of the blue and would rather search for jobs yourself, you can always hide your CV from recruiters and still apply for jobs.
Research, research, research
Since a wide range of employers, recruiters and vacancies feature on job boards, these sites are also a great tool for job research whether you’re actively searching … or not.
For example, you might be comfortable in your current role. But if you have an idea of where you’d like to progress, you can take a look at a range of job descriptions on job boards to learn what skills you need to become an attractive hire when the time comes.
Alternatively, if you’re a top level candidate or your expertise is particularly niche, you might like to use a job board to research specific recruitment agencies and employers to approach.
However, we still recommend registering with the job board because this maximises your visibility amongst recruiting professionals.
Tips for job search success
Job boards have a range of services and tools to aid your job search. Here are some tips for using job boards successfully:
Optimise your CV
You must tailor your CV to the job or industry before submitting your application. You must make it clear to prospective employers that you’re a great match.
The same thinking applies when uploading your CV to a job board for two reasons.
Firstly, the CV you upload to the job board will be sent with any applications you make via that site – so it needs to be in good shape.
Secondly, recruiters searching the CV database will input keywords and industry jargon from their job descriptions to find the most relevant candidates for their roles. So if you want to increase your chances of being discovered, tailoring your CV to match these keywords is a must.
Utilise Job Alerts
Job boards also have a really neat feature called Job Alerts to email you with jobs that suit you.
To set up the alerts, just input your criteria including industry, job title and location. Then these alerts will email you the latest jobs matching your criteria and save you lots of job searching time.
Top tip: if you want your job alerts to be as accurate as possible, input the criteria using Boolean operators and modifiers.
Job boards are an intelligent and comprehensive tool for anyone looking for a job and they’re highly recommended for anyone wishing to enjoy job search success.