Online Job Search East Anglia
Tools and techniques to help with your online job search
For your online job search to really pay off, apart from subscribing to the Cooper Lomaz Jobs by Email service on this website, make sure you invest some time and effort in using the free tools and techniques we’ve suggested below.
Google Reader & Google Alerts
Save yourself a lot of time by linking with the information stream provided by these free Google utilities. Check out:
Industry trends and news
Find relevant blogs by using Google search and type in search terms such as careers, jobs, and the ones you like subscribe to with your Google reader. Use your reader every day to find information that might help you (e.g. financial information on a company you may want to work for, or a press release that indicates they are recruiting).
Job search topics by keyword
As well as researching which sites might have information relevant to you and bookmarking, you should also subscribe to Google Alerts for particular keywords. Through daily alerts, you can track keyword links on the web that relate to topics such as interview tips, CV writing and cover letter writing.
A career website full of information and advice about almost every aspect of job search.
Personal Websites/Online CV
First impressions count online so make sure you stand out with your own identity – ‘Brand You’.
- Blogs – Establish your credibility and impress potential employers with a thoughtful and informative blog. WordPress, TypePad and Blogger are all recommended.
- Online/video CV - Be wary of the ‘video CV’. Make sure the video you upload to YouTube is up to standard! Alternatively – with your CV in mind – take a look at VisualCv and TalkingCV
- Your own on-line Personal Brand Site – see an example.
Twitter is a powerful networking and promotional tool. You can build credibility, build meaningful networks, and even find a job!
- A profile to reflect “Brand you”. Your profile should describe who you are, what you do and why you are in this community. Link to your other professional profiles.
- Build a meaningful network. Follow leaders, visionaries and the “experts” in your industry. Sites like Twellow, can help you do this, then interact with them and put yourself on their radar. Use the Twitter search function, to listen to conversations that related to your sector and start joining them.
- Be an expert/become an authority. Write and post interesting articles, Re-tweet things you find interesting/relevant from others, answer questions and reply to industry experts.
- Find new opportunities. Today there are sites such as Twitterjobsearch which search and find jobs on Twitter.
A presence on LinkedIn is a ‘must have’ for serious job seekers! Research last year showed that 75% of job recruiters now use LinkedIn to research prospects. Translation: LinkedIn has the power to make or break your job chances.
- Your profile is King. - The profile is not just a CV. It’s your chance to show off your professional and personal selling points! Upload a photo, add presentations, white papers and articles – or maybe post a few powerful recommendations.
- Build a meaningful, professional network - Search for people you have a connection with through places like your old school, clubs, companies you’ve worked for and so on.
- Establish yourself as an authority - Join groups related to your industry. Answer questions, share insights, offer your help. Once again, establish yourself as a thoughtful, contributing member in your field.
- Authority = Credibility = New Opportunities. You’ve proved yourself, built credibility and trust within your LinkedIn group – so why not let everyone know you’re looking for opportunities and you want to ‘network’!
To find about more about the ways Cooper Lomaz can boost your
online job search opportunities, contact us today – entirely without obligation.