Tech helps jobseekers, but only if they help themselves

Online job listings have made it easier than ever for people to find a new position, albeit if they can amend their CV accordingly.

Writing for, recruitment blogger Peter Bowes explained that a move from newspaper classifieds has meant that people now have a wealth of new job opportunities available at the touch of a button. Not only that, as job sites become increasingly mobile-optimised, people are even able to job hunt (or even apply) on the go.

This system, however, could well have made the process too easy, with some people using catch-all CVs that are blasted out to as many recruiters or companies with vacancies – sometimes without second thought. In doing this, however, the opportunities available to online jobseekers may as well be null and void, as they are unlikely to secure a new role in this fashion.

The onus doesn’t just fall on jobseekers though, notes Bowes as saying. He claimed that, especially for popular companies or in-demand positions, the volume of applications received means that jobseekers may not ever hear anything back, even if they spent a great deal of time and effort on their submission.

In order to ensure this popularity and desirability within the company remains, Bowes noted, they should at least follow up on applications received, even if the response is a no. That way, he added, it will prevent candidates from becoming disillusioned – and not clicking on future job ads as a result.

by David Howells on December 3, 2013

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