Where Do First-time Job Seekers Apply Online?

With a plethora of online job sites and company job boards calling out “CLICK HERE TO APPLY”, do you really know which one might work for you?

Hire Power is here to tell you that we are going to share with you (for free), our new, wholistic How-To-Guide for Job Seekers.  With more than thirty years’ worth of knowledge about helping job seekers finding jobs, changing jobs, even changing careers. and which tools and what resources are best suited to do so, this how-to guide is useful to all applicants, from entry- highly experienced executives.

We find that applicants do not understand the inner workings of the recruitment process, so by explaining each step in more detail we hope to reduce your frustration and clarify any vagaries on the matter.

Traditional job-hunting activities no longer work.  The world we live in has changed irrevocably, calling for a more creative and agile approach to finding your next role.

In this article, we discuss the next step Sihle needs to take once her resumé has been updated.  She is ready to apply for internship programmes or any entry-level positions.   What should she think about before starting her online job search?

4 Elements to Consider Before Applying Online: 

  1. Where might future hiring organisations and external recruitment firms place job adverts? Olde school national newspapers like The Sunday Times or Cape Argus, or the Radio, or even university Job Boards on Campus.  Often (but certainly not limited to), hiring companies will choose the digital route.  In the case of C-suite appointments, these are always done on a headhunting basis.
  2. What other types of roles might be a match to your profile. Consider different job titles. G: Head of Customer Experience vs Head of Customer Service, or Customer Services Agent vs Call Centre Service Consultant.
  3. How much time do you have at your disposal to spend online?Some portals call for one single upload of your CV in. Pdf format.  Others require you to first complete an application field for contact details and then continue with a time-consuming upload done a section at a time.
  4. What additional documentation might be requested in support of your online application(cover letter, copies of qualifications, referee contact details, published articles / editorials documenting success and accolades etc.). It would be a complete waste of your time and data resources if you got the end of the upload not realising that you need to upload a photograph of yourself, or your LinkedIn profile link, and then did not have it nearby and in the correct format.

Potential employers will place their job adverts across an array of career portals, scouting for top talent across distinctly different talent pools.   This short article offers a quick run through of where to start job hunting online.

  • Networking with friends or family members will be a great start. They may know of potential companies or family-owned business recruiting for graduates.
  • Think of industries she would like to work in i.e., FMCG, automotive, financial institutions etc. Visit their websites or even contact the company directly and ask if they offer entry-level positions and how to go about applying.
  • Register her resumé with the institution she studied through. Often companies and recruitment agencies contact the universities and colleges directly seeking entry-level candidates.
  • There are several job portals that Sihle can visit and upload her profile and resumé:
  • Indeed– this portal has been rated the best job portal for entry-level applications.
  • LinkedIn– Use this site to connect with people you may not personally know but who may work in the desired company you would like to get into. Companies also list vacancies on LinkedIn.
  • Facebook– Most recruitment agencies and organisations are starting to use this portal to advertise jobs, especially for graduates and entry-level candidates.
  • Gumtree – this is also a good site to search for potential vacancies.

One especially important tip – when applying for a specific position ensure that you tailor your resumé as best as you can to match the requirements of the job. For top-class assistance in CV formatting contact Monique Prince.

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking platform of the 21st century with over 760 million users in two hundred countries and regions around the world, according to (Osman, 2020). Of these 760 million users, 40% access the platform daily. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to ensure you are receiving the best value from your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn gives you free reign on connecting with professionals in the same career space as yourself and unlocks opportunities of connecting the Hiring Managers and Recruiters who could assist in placing you in the right organisation. Another pro of using this platform is that employers pay to post job advertisements, making for better quality jobs and minimal spam or fraudulent job posts. Perhaps consider enlisting assistance on how to make your LinkedIn profile represent exactly what is on your resumé and how best to attract the attention from the likes of potential employers or head-hunters. Click here for assistance in helping you fine-tune your LinkedIn profile.

Indeed is a job board which offers users free access to available jobs and has the most job listings in the world compared to other boards or platforms. As a senior-level professional, this job board allows you to not only build a profile and attach your resume on the platform, but to apply directly to jobs within your criteria. You could search for jobs within your scope of work and within certain geographical locations which makes finding your perfect job that much easier. Unfortunately, the only con would be the fact that you are often redirected to neighbouring websites to apply for vacancies, but this could be helpful if you are wanting to explore more job opportunities on other sites and career portals.

We hope this article offers a starting point for those of you who are considering a change in job. Feel free to contact Monique Prince for more information on entry-level job searches.

Click here if you missed the article on how to craft a compelling future-fit resumé.

Written by: Monique Prince and Jeannine Dickie

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