How to make the most of job boards

Written by: Charlotte Rogers
Published on: 13 Sep 2019

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When you decide that it’s time to start looking for a new job, the obvious way to begin your job-search is by using online job boards – like E&TJ. They are a great resource for job-seekers, if you have an internet connection, you can access them from almost anywhere. Great for job-seeking on the move. However, there are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to using a job board efficiently, they are great for helping you find a job, but are you doing it right? Read some of our tips on how to use a job board efficiently and get the new job you want, hopefully, a lot quicker.

Don’t sit on the sites all day

If you are looking for a job, it can be tempting to spend most of your free time searching online. However, staring at a screen all day may not help your productivity. It may be a good idea to put together a daily or weekly schedule and pencil in some time for using job boards. Job seekers that spend too much time scrolling through endless job listings may end up sending their CV to a role just for the sake of it. Sometimes when you spend so much time on one task, you can end up doing it quickly just to get it done. So, taking some time away from the task can help you think it over and do it to your best ability. If you are taking the time to review jobs thoroughly and then send your CV, you are more likely to hear back from them. Only allowing yourself a set amount of time can motivate you to look for the right job and if not, try again tomorrow. Restricting yourself can really help your productivity.

Use all the resources job boards provide you with

Job boards provide you with various useful resources for you to apply to your job search. One important and very useful tool is the job-alerts, you can set these up so you can receive email notifications whenever a new job matching your search preferences becomes available on their site.

Job alerts may take a little bit of the pressure off you, if you are away from the job board, you are still being directed to potential jobs. Another valuable and relevant resource is the ability to save and shortlist jobs. If you find something that looks interesting but are running out of time you can save the job to your profile and come back to it later. You won’t have to spend time searching for it again and if it is right for you, you can apply at a later date. Some job boards also give you the chance to create a profile, so when you are not actively on the site, recruiters can see your profile and contact you when necessary. You don’t have to spend all day online; job boards are giving you a huge helping hand.

Make sure your CV is up to date

If you have previously used a job board and saved your CV to the website, make sure you review the CV and make sure it is your most up to date version. You don’t want to be sending off information that isn’t 100% correct. This may seem simple, but some job-seekers may forget about this, especially if you haven’t looked for a new job for a while. It’s important to make sure all contact details, both on your profile and CV, are correct. Without them, any employer will not be able to contact you – you would be wasting a lot of time.

Use keywords and different wording for the job title you want

It’s likely that the roles you are looking for may have a variety of different job titles used to describe them online. Use a variety of keywords to make sure you are making the most of your job search and try using a range of caveats to make sure you are getting the right job for you from the search engine. This can take a bit of time, but you could potentially spend one day looking for jobs and relevant titles, saving them to your shortlist and reviewing them later.

Use more than just 1 job board

Different job boards will have different businesses using their services. If you are looking for a specific company it can be worth using a search engine outside of the job board to see where they are advertising their vacancies. If you are using multiple job boards, you are more likely to find a job that is fit for you. So, try not to limit yourself to just the one. If you are looking for a particular role in a particular field, niche job boards might be a better fit for your job search. E&T Jobs, advertises engineering and technology roles and nothing else. The jobs are straight from recruiters, with no recruitment consultancies. So, maybe that would be a better way to direct your job search.

Follow the job boards social media

You may limit yourself to the amount of time each day you can spend on a job board, but it is likely that you may use social media platforms throughout the day as well. Some job boards use social pages like LinkedIn and Twitter to share jobs with their followers. This can be another quick and easy way of searching for jobs. You can click on the job and save it for later. They are practically doing the work for you. You can also find out a lot about a companies culture by looking at their social media, so use this to your advantage as well.

Tips and Tricks

  • Set-up job alerts now – Click here to set up a job alert for E&TJ. 
  • Use the functionality provided – Most job boards will have a multitude of search options. Take five minutes to explore these from the home page and you are likely to find options to search by sector, job discipline and geographic location. Search result pages give you even more choice with the opportunity to select roles for whatever stage of your career you are at.
  • Scroll all the way down! - Typically, roles appear for 30 days and most job boards present their listings in chronological order – make sure you view all the roles and not just the most recent. There can always be something at the bottom of the page!
  • Think like a recruiter! - Recruiters are working hard to recruit people like you – do whatever you can to make it easy for them to find you and your skills online. This can include, uploading your CV to job websites and turning your ‘job seeker’ button on.
  • Read the stories – Many job boards have a wealth of guides, how to’s, success stories and much more. You don’t need to read it all but maybe - like this article there is more help available.   

Everyone’s job-search is going to be tailored to them. If you want to use job boards, these tips can help you use them efficiently and effectively. It’s all about finding balance and using the time you have available for more than just job searching. You will be much more efficient if you take some time to evaluate how you use job boards.