The following article was written thanks to Charlotte Chase, our newest GOFISH volunteer.
Job-hunting is not always the easiest. From the scrolling of seemingly endless postings, to the pings of alerts to your phone about the newest vacancy, it’s easy to get overwhelmed (and not to mention that dreaded email rejection). But finding The One doesn’t have to be difficult and I’ve found when you go beyond your classic Indeed and Totaljobs, you may find that one website that perfectly sums up what you’ve been looking for.
That’s not to say these sites aren’t worth the hassle. Being two of the most popular job boards in the UK comes with their benefits. Ten jobs are added on Indeed every second, so there’s plenty of opportunities and with Totaljobs, there is useful career advice to get your teeth into. These are the big dogs of job boards and they’re simple to use with quick application tools to send your CV and cover letter off in a matter of seconds.
What I’ve found, however, is that because these high volume job boards are practically the meeting point of every job under the sun, I’ve either seen the jobs already or I’m so bombarded that I lose focus on what I’m looking for. One minute I might be looking to become a sommelier in a five-star hotel and the next I’m considering a career in horticulture.
Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. Sometimes irrelevant jobs in a filtered search can slip through the cracks.
There are also some companies that don’t post on these boards. According to Careershifters,(https://www.careershifters.org/expert-advice/why-the-best-jobs-are-never-advertised-and-how-to-find-them) 70% of jobs are not even advertised on a job board. You may only be seeing a fraction of the jobs that are available to you (I know! Crazy, right?).
So where are they hiding? I’ve done some digging and put my detective skills to work…
Look on a company’s career page
This is particularly helpful if there’s that one company you would die to work for (mine is Lush. I just want to know how they get their bath bombs so bubbly?) Looking on their career pages means that, not only are you already focusing your search on a business of your dreams, but you can see all the positions they are offering. You could, of course, search the company up on a job board but this can really narrow down your search in the first instance especially for big companies where there are various departments, locations and experience levels they may be hiring for.
Bespoke job boards
Not all job boards are the epicentre of the job-hunting world. Some are specialised for certain industries and companies may post to these job boards to ensure that they are receiving the candidates they want to apply. There are a surprising amount of jobs that I’ve found, saved and applied for that I had never seen on a regular job site. For example, Jobmedic is catered to the healthcare industries. The likes of nurses, doctors and pharmacists can see jobs advertised across the health sector in a variety of different organisations. In a creative field? Take a look at Creative Access, with thousands of jobs available in the arts and media industries.
Sometimes, you see on job boards that it is not the company that’s posted the vacancy, but a recruitment agency. It might be worth to go directly to that agency’s website. Recruitment agencies will take speculative CVs and your details so when a vacancy comes up that they think you’d be perfect for, they will get in touch. Some of these agencies, like bespoke job boards, are specific to industries as well and recruiters know what companies are looking for. They can also help prepare you for interviews and help out with any other guidance you need so don’t be afraid to send them across an email asking what they have available. They could put you forward for a job you would never have found otherwise!
Networking, networking, networking
I hope if I say it three times in the mirror, a spider-web of valuable contacts will emerge in my LinkedIn connections.
Some jobs come simply from talking, even before they land on any site. If you know what industry or field you want to be a part of, connecting with the right people through websites like LinkedIn or even going the extra mile by attending events, webinars and pinging a person of interest an email afterwards might just start that conversation that ends with: “So-and-so is looking for someone for this role at so-and-so. Would you be interested?”.
This is not necessarily applicable to everyone. However, funded schemes aimed at certain job-seekers do exist. These jobs aren’t exactly hidden but can definitely offer tailored opportunities for the people who need them most. Currently, the Kickstarter Scheme is being advertised for a number of companies (some of them very well-known). The Kickstarter Scheme was started to provide “funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.” These schemes allow employers to hire for roles that are fully-funded by the government for six months. Some of these employers might also consider continuing the employment for longer as well, so there is amazing potential there to turn a temporary job into a career. These schemes are there if you need them, so it’s always worth to have a look at what’s on the table if you are eligible.
With many accounts to various recruitment pages, tracking what you saved and applied for can get messy. It’s also a tad awkward when they do get in touch and you can’t remember which job they are calling about – “Is this for the wine-taster at the Savoy or the aubergine-picker at the garden centre?”
Consider creating a spreadsheet to track the jobs of interest (with a link to the page), the pay, location, the closing date and whether you have sent off an application to make sense of your job-hunting activities. It’s a simple trick, but seeing all the jobs you want on one page makes it a lot easier to compare, as well.
Again, Indeed isn’t a bad place to find a job, but it’s not the only place to find a job. So, if you find yourself thinking: “There’s so much on here, but I can’t find anything!”, don’t fret. There are plenty of avenues you can explore to find the one perfect for you.