Archived (Digital Skills and Employment)

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Date: Saturday, 21 May 2022, 7:03 AM

Effective online job searches

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Most professional jobs are now advertised online, often on multiple websites so you will be applying for jobs online as well.

This is a very time consuming process to do well. If someone tells you they applied to 20 jobs in one day, then you can be certain that the recruiter will be able to tell that the applications were rushed.

Avoid a cut and paste application which looks lazy and generic. Your potential employer might question how hard you would work in the role based on this kind of application.

To find the best job sites for your profession:

  • create LinkedIn profile 
  • create a network so recruiters can find you.

Work through the activities on the following pages:

  • to get the basics on where you can find work
  • to create a professional online presence.

Activity 1: Finding online jobs listings

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Step 1

Do an online search (or explore CareerBox) to find an online job site that has:

  • graduate jobs
  • internships
  • work placements or work experience opportunities for students and graduates.
It can be a site with general opportunities or an industry specific site.

Step 2

Have you found an online job site that you think has good opportunities? Can you find it on the pinboard (scroll over the post-its)? If not, upload and share it!

Step 3

If the site has a job alert option, set it up. You will need to tinker with your search preferences and you may not get it right first time. 

Too wide a search, and your inbox is swamped with jobs that don't interest you. Too narrow, and you might miss out on a great opportunity.

Activity 2 Who forms your network?

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Step 1

Making a list of your connections is the start of your professional network. You will find your network consists of:

  • friends
  • parents of friends
  • family
  • tutors
  • former teachers
  • LinkedIn connections
  • employers and former employers
and many more.
Write down as many names of connections as you can think of. This is the beginning of your professional network.

Step 2

If you have a LinkedIn profile, go to Step 3.
If you don't have a LinkedIn profile, watch this video about getting started. Update your LinkedIn profile and move on to Step 3.

Step 3

Now you have created your LinkedIn profile, consider the following:

  • Are you happy with your LinkedIn profile?
  • Will it make a potential employer call you for an interview?
  • Will it encourage your connections to recommend you? 
Ask someone you trust to give you some honest feedback.

  • Return to your Step 1 list. If anyone from your original list is on Linkedin, send them a request to connect. You can adapt this to make it more personal.

This is particularly important if you are trying to connect with someone who you have only met a few times. For example, if you wanted to connect with a guest lecturer, you could ask to connect by saying,

" I enjoyed your recent talk at Solent University, which is particularly relevant to me because ...."

Always write in a professional manner. Though it may be a social media environment, employers will be put off  'internet' or 'text speak'.

LinkedIn will suggest more connections as your network grows:

  • Be active
  • follow organisations you are interested
  • post intelligent, professional comments to raise your profile.

LinkedIn will also search your profile for key words and send you vacancy alerts with job matches to your skills and sector.

Further information

The Solent Futures team have put together information on the Portal about finding jobs using a variety of social media sites.