Job search used to be a strenuous exercise. Thankfully, the advent of the Internet and social media eradicated the strain.
A man in search of a job would approach the best consultancies to help him find the ones worth applying to. He would happily part with his money to do so. However, the Internet took away the middleman and brought the employer and the job seeker in direct contact with each other. Not just that, all of this became possible with only a few clicks. This led to the “dying” of the art of job hunting as you knew it. Here are 10 reasons where we take you through the journey of the new replacing the old:
Automated Emails Of Job Search
Remember gathering newspapers and magazines to circle out jobs of your choice? Getting the dream job was something tucked far away in some corner of the mind, the priority was finding something suitable. For an engineer, a column marked engineering with two or three listed ads would be the only available options. Poor engineer!
Now, you do not need to search for job listings actively. It comes to you in the form of emails! It is not you who searches for a job that fits your criteria but the job board that saves your search criteria and sends you alerts when it thinks you might like something it found.
More Options To Choose From
You can go to print sources, agencies and consultancies to find your ideal job but chances are, they will all offer the same job listings to you over and over again. You see, companies in search of a candidate approach these to get their story out to as many people as possible. And still many don’t. They rely on their networks or employees to find an employee. So you’d be more likely to find only a few options.
Job boards and sites function differently. The Internet is the biggest and easiest networking tool and no company wishes to miss out on it. Job boards scour through thousands of job listing from companies- big and small who put out their word, in most cases, for free. These then compile their findings to present it to you- the job seeker. You can now choose from the comparatively bigger pool of choices.
Lesser Time Wasted On Rejections
Earlier, you would brush up your resume, try to make a good first impression, try to convince the interviewer that you are “the man” for the job. All that work and the employer might take one look at your resume and decide he wants better.
With job boards, the employer comes to you. All job boards allow job seekers to post their resumes on their sites. Employers, looking for the prospective employee put in certain specifications of qualifications, experience and more, and if it matches yours, lo-and-behold, you have bagged an interview for yourself. All you would need to do is keep updating the information on your resume.
Jobs Come To You And Not The Other Way Round
Your interests took a back-seat when it came to job hunting. You were the one searching for a job, and yet the terms were not yours. With a job board, however, you decide how you want to play. For someone inexperienced and searching for his first job, deciding on his pay was not an option while job hunting. But now, with the Internet, he can come to know what to expect and set his expectations accordingly. When searching for a job, he can then put in his expected salary and choose from the available options. A job board allows you to sort by pay, experience, location, educational qualification and more.
No Need To Pay Hefty Sums To Consultancies
Paying a consultancy to get you a job and then having to pay a month or two’s salary was more or less expected until a few years back. Today most job boards and websites offer free, or subscription-based services which are much cheaper and also more efficient in helping you find your dream job. Often, these online websites also help you with shaping up your resume or preparing for your interviews.
Niche Job Boards For Professionals
Earlier, there was no industry-specific or skill-specific agency or job listing. A marketer searching for a job would have to apply to every company known to him in the hopes that they have a vacant position in their marketing department. Niche job boards like Dice, Culintro, Artconnect and more cater to specific industries and skills. They do not just bring to your job listings but also keep you up-to-date on the latest innovations and breakthroughs with their daily news and articles.
Value-Added Services Of Job Search
In need of tips? You’d have had to search high and low to find someone worth taking tips from. Or believe the much thrown around notions of “having a firm handshake”, “dressing up” and more, which are no doubt important to an extent but do not do anything to represent your actual skills and talent.
Job boards offer you tips by career experts who hand you the ins and outs of your search for your perfect job. If you are getting ready for your first interview, you will find interview preparation tips; if you are simply looking for other opportunities, you will find career-related advice; you wish to understand the workplace environment of a particular company, you would also find that.
You Can Search For A Job While You’re Working
A 9 to 5 job can be pretty strenuous but the search for one can be more so. You would be giving a lot of time, money and energy, going from place-to-place while job hunting. With job boards, you would be saving a lot of time. Everything happens at a tap of your keyboard. And with this time saved, you can then learn more of your industry and thus, enhance your skills. For example, if you are a programmer you can pick up the latest programming language or skill that you are noticing in the “good to have” section of every job listing.
Keyword Searches And More Opportunities
It is a universal feeling- the feeling of being stuck in one place. Doing the same things in and out can bore anyone. You might think of doing more. Or you might simply be in confusion regarding your future- another universal emotion.
Since job boards contain a multitude of job listings in their sites, you may find an answer to your confusion, or other better opportunities. You can put in keywords related to your industry instead of a job title. Similarly, you can look out for job titles that are like yours and then think of a career change.
The Job Industry Has Become A Social Media Group In Itself
You would have had to depend upon your close circles while job hunting, which did not carry a good probability of success. Sites like LinkedIn changed the game. A network of professionals who support and enhance each other, LinkedIn connects you to the right crowd. Here, you can get a recommendation from your previous boss or colleague, showcase your marks in GMAT, list all the companies you previously worked on, and more.
Job boards, job aggregators and online recruitment agencies have revolutionized how candidates used to hunt jobs. The advantages have made offline job search a dying art. In case you own a job-board or job-website, and you want to attract candidates with a live job feed, JobsPikr is the solution you are looking for. Built by our team at PromptCloud, the automated job discovery tool can add the core to your job portal or job-board.