How to Improve Your Job Search – Using Job Boards
If you’re keen to progress in your job search and don’t mind being contacted by recruiters, we recommend submitting your CV and completing the profile section on job boards such as Reed, Indeed, CV library etc. Recruitment consultants and hiring companies regularly search these job boards for profiles that fit their requirements.
When submitting your CV to these job boards, there are some things to keep in mind:
DO make sure that all your profile information is accurate and up to date.
DO make sure you categorise yourself properly by sector and skills according to how the site works.
DO focus just as much on populating all the fields that the job board requires – it’s not just about your CV.
DO put in salary expectations and keep them realistic. If left blank, you will not appear in over 50% of search results.
DO be specific about location. Include your postcode so you come up in searches as well as locations you'd be willing to work when prompted to do so. Make sure your location is on your CV too. If your address is different to the locations you are looking in, because you're relocating for example, we'd recommend stating this or using an address in the area you want to move to.
DO make sure you are available to respond to interest in your profile once it’s properly posted, otherwise you will miss out on job opportunities. Keep an eye on your emails as well.
DO be careful about putting your profile on a job board if you aren’t really open to new opportunities. You could end up wasting not only your own time but the time of potential future employers and recruiters.
DO get someone to proof-read your CV – grammatical and spelling errors don’t land well with potential employers. If you need any advice on writing a CV, you can check out another guide here.
DO have a professional email address, something related to your name or similar. firstname.lastname@example.org doesn’t look great to a potential new employer (and yes, that is a similar version of a real email address we’ve recently seen!).
DO use a mix of general job boards i.e. indeed/reed/cv library as well as have a look for any specialist ones in your field i.e. supplychainrecruit
Simultaneously, there are some things we recommend you DON’T do:
DON’T just upload your CV and ignore building your profile
DON’T lie. There’s no need to cover up gaps in employment or to make changes to dates of employment etc. Honesty is always the best policy.
DON’T waffle on. CV sentences should be short and snappy and avoid paragraphs of information. Also, don’t fall into the trap of using a tiny font so you can write more. A CV is a short summary designed to sell your experience; we don’t need a full biography!
DON’T have a photo, unless you’re sure it’s a good one. Most people look a bit scary doing their “business face” whilst equally a photo of you drunk in the pub isn’t ideal either. Photos on CVs aren’t necessary so it’s easier not to have one.
DON’T include references on your CV, if someone needs them, they will ask and you don’t want to publicise someone’s contact details unnecessarily
Putting your CV onto job boards and building profiles can take time and effort, but once done it should increase your pipeline of job opportunities.
As well as using a job board, you should also make sure your linkedin profile is up to date, so have a look at another of our guides on this subject here.