Now we all probably know that there are thousands of places to look for jobs online. Most newspapers, employment agencies advertise online whilst there are some massive online based job sites available too. However for the potential job seekers it’s worth understanding the process from the other side too.
Employers and recruitment departments also use the internet extensively to help sift through applications and compile short lists. With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, recruiters are often faced with a huge number of applications to try and whittle down to size.
One of the ways in which employers use the internet is by sifting through social media to see what they can find out. Do dates and posts support what your CV says about you, sites like Linkedin and Google Plus profiles are especially useful for validating the experience on a resume.
There have been a host of surveys which show that a large number of employers use the major search engines to do quick checks on applicants. It serves for a quick and simple background check for employers. For the prospective employee make sure that any searches on you lead to positive stuff – not pictures of you at parties or messing about somewhere. Setting up an online resume or personal page with sensible information about you (not trivial picture taking and silly status updates) is a smart move.
The reality is that many people are unaware of their digital profile, each and every one of us who use the internet have an online reputation which can be checked. Try to be aware of this and be cautious about what you upload in to the public domain – it potentially could be up there for decades to come.
Use the internet to research employers too, it makes sense to build up some knowledge of a company where you may potentially be working. Such interest is also likely to impress the employer during any interview process. If you’re applying from overseas, use a country specific proxy to get more accurate information – using a UK IP address like this one will give you more accurate search results than a search based on a different country.
You can use this information to customize your application to each specific vacancy, this is useful for employers who use Applicant Tracking systems (ATS) to search for keywords in resumes to build shortlists.
James Henry is an writer and blogger, on a variety of different sites.