Searching for jobs online can be a time-consuming affair. Not only are there thousands of websites to search through, there are also different types of websites. It is also important to understand the type of website you are visiting before uploading your CV or applying for a vacancy. The different types of job websites are broadly defined as follows:
Job search engines are the quickest and easiest way to find job vacancies online. They gather lists of jobs from many of the big job sites, employers, and recruitment agencies and they allow you to search all the jobs in their lists using a single search. This is much quicker than going to all the individual job websites and performing searches yourself. The job search engines usually have the biggest selection of job vacancies. Job search engines link you to the job vacancy on the job board, agency or employers website.
Job boards are websites that specialise in job vacancy advertising. They display jobs from many employers and recruitment agencies. The big job boards have vacancies in all sectors and industries, whilst other job boards are dedicated to a particular niche area. When applying for a vacancy on a job board, you will normally have to upload your CV. It is important to check the terms and conditions whilst applying because some job boards make allow other recruitment agencies and employers to view your CV after you have applied for a job.
As the title suggests, these websites are the online editions of the local, national, and industry newspapers and magazines you are probably familiar with. These tend to have less job vacancies than the job boards - especially for local or niche industry publications. National publications often focus on high-end corporate vacancies.
Recruitment agencies usually list their clients vacancies on their websites. Sometimes they list fictitious vacancies in an attempt to build up their database of candidates, so it's wise to telephone them first and enquire about specific vacancies before submitting your CV.
Employers often list vacancies on their own websites, although it is often the biggest companies that are more pro-active about this. If you would like to work for a specific company you should take a look at their website for details of any vacancies or to find out the names of the people you can contact to introduce yourself.
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