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Why Online Job Search Is More Important Than Ever

Published: Monday 18th May 2020

With everyone spending more time at home due to the Coronavirus epidemic, more people than ever are using the Internet for day-to-day tasks and entertainmentAnd, in these uncertain economic timesjob search has become one of the most common activities carried out online 

Start your UK online job search

There are many good reasons for starting your UK job search online during these unprecedented times. Social distancing means that companies that are hiring are carrying out much of their recruitment processes online, as well as scheduling video interviews instead of onsite meetingsAll this means you could secure a new job without even leaving your home. In some cases, new recruits won’t meet their employer face-to-face until they turn up for work, and some of those may even start working their new job from home. 

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The rise in online job searches is largely been driven by people that may be laid offfurloughed, or worried about the security of their jobs. Stuck at home with little to do, they are making contingency plan for their careers, researching and tracking down opportunities for when all this is over.  Whether it’s a local online job board or a nationwide job site, such as Zoek, there are still plenty of resources out there and many organisations are still hiring. 

Optimising your online job search

A job site or job board might be the most obvious way of finding job opportunities, but there are many other ways you can use the Internet to help you on your job search. Social media is one of the fastest growing ways of finding a job online with 92% of recruiters now using SM platforms for recruitment.  

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While LinkedIn might be the obvious choice here, don’t neglect your other social media profilesEmployers will be using all the online resources at their disposal to scrutinise candidates, including Facebook and other social media platformsSome surveys show almost half of employers are now using social media to check up on potential candidates for job opportunities. Now’s a good time to update your social media profiles in order to ensure that you aren’t screened out because of an inappropriate post. Review and edit posts and photos to make sure nothing paints you as a poor candidate. Don’t forget tagged photos. Try googling yourself to see what turns up. 

Of course, there are things you can do to actively position yourself as a solid candidate, especially on LinkedIn. Start a blog or share interesting articles related to your work niche to demonstrate your expertise and interestsNow’s an excellent time to research potential employers and build your LinkedIn network. 

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The recruitment market may never be the same 

The Covid-19 crisis has created a massive online experiment with thousands working from home and others looking for work from homeThe expectation is that this will continue for some time to come and many recruitment related-activities that have, until now, taken place in office settings will become more commonplace online – even after the crisis has endedJust as more people will be working from home, the online job search will finally come of age.  

Start your online UK job search with one of the UK’s top job boards. 

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