Although some still employ the personal approach of leaving off their resume at the door, the internet has been the usual medium of choice for searching for a job these days. It offers a lot of conveniences such as not having to drive around, saving on paper, and the convenience of sending off your resume to as many companies simply in just your pajamas. However, as with any convenience, searching for a job online also comes with its own setbacks. In fact, it can be a waste of time. Why is that so?
Think of it this way: When you go visit a job board, you have no idea who posted a job description. These days, anyone can just publish content on the web. That is freedom at its best. However, just like any good thing in this world, it is bound to be capitalized by people who have malicious intent.
Sure, the HR of a hiring company should be in charge of posting across several job sites to find potential candidates. However, some HR’s don’t even bother to check with the other sites they’ve posted on. There is a very huge chance that they only check one or two of the sites they’ve posted on and ignore the rest. In other words, yes, you may have submitted your application to this company, but it is very likely that your resume will be ignored because some recruiters just don’t bother with checking anymore.
The sad part about it is that you listed personal information in that resume. You put down your email address, your phone number, your mobile number, etc. What happens to that information? In the case of being ignored by an HR, nothing. However, if it lands in the hands of the wrong people? A lot of damage can be done to the information you just freely provided in hopes of landing a good job. Come to think of it, an HR should be posting on the company’s career website rather than around sites that aren’t really that reputable.
Speaking from personal experience, I once sent my resume off to a lot of job boards. However, the response wasn’t one that I expected. Rather than receive calls from companies that are interested to see what I have to offer, I got spam calls instead.
1. Good jobs could be found on Job Boards, but usually they are posted on company website first.
2. Don’t confuse between Job Board and Recruiters. If you found a job opening on recruiter website or you were contacted by recruiter directly, there is a legit job that might be waiting for your.
If you decide to keep crawling the Job Boards, here are few tips:
- Before submitting your resume check it’s source. Go to the website that is behind this job post and check if there is a same opening on the original website as well. If not, don’t apply.
- Don’t stick to the one Job Board you’re familiar with.
- Use Google to search for your desired job title and sort the results by posted date and click on the results from the first page. e.g: “java developer Calgary” ->Search Tools -> Any Time -> Past week
I suggest a different approach when looking for job openings online.
Here’s my suggestion:
- Collect the names of companies you wish to work for
- Look them up online and copy their career pages
- Put all of this into a list
Go through this list each day. This is to see if any of the companies you listed have an opening.
The remaining question is this: How do you get a list of these potential companies to work for?
1. Open LinkedIn and search for people in your city that have the same job title as you.
- For example, do this search: Java Developer in Calgary.
2. Once you get results, take a look at where these people work. List this down then run a background check on the internet to see if the company is real. Look into their website and see their social media accounts. Doing this gives you a good gauge on how authentic a company is.
3. Check their website for a career page. If you find an opening, apply for it.
Remember that when applying for a job online, research is key.
The last thing you want is to get your hopes up of landing a job only to find out the company is bogus.
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