If you are searching for a job today specifically, there are the traditional methods of job searching, which includes responding to newspaper ads, applying directly to employers, and signing on with a recruitment agency. With the advent of the internet, there now exists another, more powerful, medium with which to search for jobs.
The internet is fast becoming a dominant force in bringing candidates and employers together in an effective way. There are now numerous “Job Boards” on the internet that advertise vacancies from all over Australia.
These NGO Job Boards on the internet are a very effective resource for candidates, NGO recruitment agencies, and employers. As a candidate searching for a job on the internet, you can do so from your home, as long as you have a PC and an internet connection. If you are seeking employment in the Brisbane area then the job website retained.com.au makes your task very simple, it offers you a direct resource for Brisbane job vacancies that are currently listed on the major job boards.
Additionally, you can register on these Job Boards for vacancy alerts and job news sent to you via email. You simply specify your requirements for the type of job, and you are then alerted immediately a vacancy that may be of interest is lodged on the Job Board.
A recent trend in internet recruitment is that employers and candidates are becoming very specific in their requirements, with a strong emphasis now on local recruitment. Companies are very interested in finding candidates that are local to their business. The reason here is that companies can save on relocation costs. Of course, if they cannot find the right skills locally, then they must look further afield.
Most employers are looking for skills that closely match the requirements of the job. This saves them additional training costs. Given this, it is important to emphasize your experience on the CV. Education is really secondary (unless the vacancy is a very technical one that requires a strong educational background).
Also, bear in mind that recruitment agents will really only be interested in promoting you if they have a specific vacancy that they believe you are a good match for. If you do not have the skills, experience or education required for the current vacancies, then your CV will be most likely not be considered. This does make things difficult if you are trying to change industry sectors. Experience is generally the key! So look for vacancies that you can match with your skills and experience.
If you obtain vacancies that match more closely your skills, then you can be more confident in getting the job. This will come across in the interview and will hopefully be a major influence on you securing a job.