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Where To Find A Job

Are you relying on online job sites to find a job?  If so, you may be missing out on great career and employment opportunities.



You know your career direction and you have a "you beaut" targeted resume designed to win a job of your choice.  Hopefully you have looked at our

5 sections on business and job application letter writing and now you are itching to start your job search to find that perfect job.


Where do you start?

A large majority of job seekers with access to a computer will start by going online to find job vacancies.  However, this is not the only way to get a job. While it can't be proven by statistics, a large percentage of our clients did not find their latest job through internet job boards ( job banks) or online employment services.  

If you are just starting your career or have been trying to find a job for a while, please take the time to scroll down and find out how employers recruit. Perhaps you should change the way you look for work by using some of the more traditional methods of recruitment where there is less competition. After reading this section you will be able to increase your chances of finding a job in your chosen field.

This section looks at  internet job search verses traditional job search methods - advantages and disadvantages

You may think you know all the ways to look for work, however, the popularity of internet job search or job finding sites, commonly referred to as job boards, such as Seek, Careerone, Mycareer, jobsjobsjobs and Monster (USA), to name just a few,  has led a new generation of job seekers away from looking for work using more traditional recruitment methods. As a result they are competing against many hundreds of applicants.  Although employers have also changed the way they hire, finding the internet cost effective and fast, they often use a combination of online and traditional methods of hiring to fill vacancies. 

We have identified 18 different ways to find a job. These are discussed briefly on this page and in-depth at Recruitment Methods. However lets look at the advantages and disadvantages of just using the one method to look for work.

Advantages of using online employment services


Using the internet to find a job has many advantages, in particular for people who are employed and/or want to change jobs. Advantages are:-

  • It is easier to search for a vacancy in your area of expertise

  • It is easier to submit job applications.

  • You can search and apply for work outside business hours - 24/7

  • Your can apply for more jobs per day/week.

  • There are over 10,000 employment related web sites to choose from.

  • You save money on photocopying and postage.

  • It opens up new employment opportunities outside your geographical area that you may not have considered before.

  • You can have job alerts sent to you by signing up with a job board such as CareerOne and Seek.

Disadvantages of online employment services

  • Many occupations in small business are not placed on the internet.
  • The crucial cover letter (application letter) that is your competitive advantage, may not be required or read
  • Less opportunity for the applicant to market themselves effectively.
  • It attracts more competition, losing your marketing advantage.
  • You may have to use an online employment form requiring you to submit irrelevant and damaging information.
  • Your privacy may be compromised if you post your resume online.
  • Your document may not arrive in the format it was sent.
  • You may have to send a plain text resume - unattractive and uninteresting.
  • Many employers do not post their vacancies on the internet.
  • Privacy concerns. You may inadvertently go through a third party .
  • Employers are still using traditional recruitment methods to fill many types of vacancies- jobs in some occupations are not placed on the internet.
  • A hard copy resume can create a better presentation than a file. attachment, however it must be scanner friendly.

A very large number of companies are doing their recruitment through their own website - mining companies are one example. Companies who do graduate recruitment nearly always use their own website. So traditional ways of looking for these career opportunities are still important. Career and job opportunities

Use the Google search box to look for work in specialised areas. For example, use key words to specify what type of position you are looking for and where,  ie looking for work within the mining industry. Use Mining + recruitment+ Western Australia : Engineer jobs+western Australia : or Recruitment+mining+wa :  Recruitment + IT; Employment agencies+finance : graduate recruitment+finance

Need to be more specific?  Just put an addition symbol between keywords , for example, Mining+WA+plant operator+bulldozers. 

Use these keywords use a plus sign to put your own state, or country. Many recruitment firms are national. These are just examples.  

Where can you find a list of  job boards? These are a few very popular ones - Seek and CareerOne  that cover all occupations. Your search should bring up  job boards in your own country but you may want to search  Seek+country   or  CareerOne+country. If you are looking for jobs broad  just try  internet job boards+UK;   or jobs+UK,for example. See also our Career Information Site for a range of different options.

Use several  keywords, not long phrases - although you would be surprised what you pick up with a sentence.  Only main keywords picked up
Custom Search


Recruitment methods chosen by companies are directly related to the type of vacancy, size of the company, lead time to fill it and recruitment needs and expectations. There are a few reasons why different recruitment methods are used. Interestingly, research shows that job seekers are more successful in finding a job through word of mouth (networking) and is still second only to recruitment through employment agencies. This section has been updated to include social networking.

In smaller companies, word of mouth (networking)  comes second to cold calling and slightly more than advertising through newspapers.

While some traditional methods of recruitment are still competitive, the market is less crowded. In fact, many vacancies are not being filled. One need only read the number of advertisements in the paper, and listen to anecdotal information to know that traditional methods of employment have not been overtaken by the internet job boards or job banks. (recruitment sites)

What is important is that jobseekers are not tapping into a large number of potential sources of vacancies if they confine their job search to internet job finding sites / job boards. Many people have grown quite lazy as a result of the ease in which they can submit online job applications.

jobseekers need to combine internet job search with traditional recruitment methods to look for work.

Your job search will follow traditional lines with 5 main activities. What has changed is the method of carrying out these activities.


The main activities are to:-

  • Prepare a resume.

  • Conduct research to identify potential employers and sources of  vacancies

  • Prepare a job search strategy through research and an action plan

  • Contact employers using several job search strategies

  • Attend interviews and follow up


You will need to develop advanced job search skills to effectively prepare and implement a job search strategy.


Most importantly, remember, your resume is a marketing document. Unless it is competitive you are wasting your time, no matter what method you choose to look for work. Your resume and the way you apply for work are absolutely vital to winning the job of your choice. Whether you are currently unemployed, changing jobs or seeking promotion, you need to be up to date in the latest job search and recruitment methods. People who are within employment often lack the latest letter writing skills, for instance. Some people have not had to look for work in many years and use outdated job applications.


Understanding the recruitment process

The Internet is a powerful tool for jobsearch. However, it is important that  jobseekers have a good knowledge of the recruitment and selection processes. Understanding how employers hire will help in planning a successful job search strategy.

There are many  methods of recruitment - each of these methods require a different approach and processes. 

This next section in how to look for work, is an overview of 18 methods of recruitment.  This is expanded in  great depth in Recruitment Methods, which shows you how to use each method to find a job.

Readers will be directed to the comprehensive job search support on this site, such as writing a job application letter, telephone interviewing techniques, or a more detailed explanation of the recruitment methods and selection processes. See index  Here is just a list of the recruitment methods where you can look for work.

Overview of methods of recruitment

These are the ways employers recruit, Covered in-depth in Recruitment methods.


Advertised positions -  Newspapers, Journals etc.  Apply to the company or through an employment/recruitment agency.

Government job - writing selection criteria -  Federal Gov, State Gov, Statutory Authorities and Gov funded agencies.

Internet job search through recruitment websites or job boards - i.e. Seek and Monster

Employment / recruitment agencies - advertised positions

Registering with a recruitment / employment agency

Registering with a job search firm

Temporary recruitment agencies - white collar

Labour hire companies - generally blue collar

Job Network (Australia)

Company websites

Specialised Employment Websites, Disabilities such 

Diversity Working, IT etc

Internal recruitment

Employee referral

Group recruitment

Alumni Networks

Schools colleges and universities - advertising on their websites

Cold calling - See section

Networking  - See section  Now includes social media networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn.


As you can see, there are many avenues  where jobseekers can look for work. Most will require job seekers to use a specific process which is the main topic of this section. I hope this section has broadened your knowledge on where to look for work.


Whatever recruitment method is used the resume, job application letter and interview and research  are still the most important tools you need to look for work.



Go to  Recruitment Methods  to find out how to apply for jobs requiring different approaches and processes


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Looking for a job  - Internet job search v 's traditional job search methods

Advantages and disadvantages.

Understanding the recruitment process..

Overview of recruitment methods.

List of types of recruitment methods.



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