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Applying for work

Looking online for job opportunities

Applying for jobs online is a popular way of obtaining work. Most employers advertise using employment websites/their own company website as well the as traditional methods of newspaper advertising.

There are many sites available to you in your job search. You can even find jobs in other locations; regional, interstate or overseas. The process of applying can also be a lot easier. Some sites allow you to upload your resume, copy and paste details from your resume or you can use a resume builder that is embedded into the application system. The following is a brief summary of how online job searching works.

There are three main ways for job searching online:

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1 Employment websites

There are many free employment websites or "job boards" such as mycareer.com.au and seek.com.au which are extremely popular with jobseekers and employers. You can simply browse for vacancies available across any industry at any point in time and within any location. You don’t need to register if you are just searching for jobs, however, to apply for any of the positions available, you will normally need to create a personal profile. Some other popular online Western Australian job boards include:

wjobs.com.au

jobs.wa.gov.au

au.linkedin.com

It is also worthwhile looking for online job boards that only advertise vacancies within specific industry areas. You can use google.com.au or yellowpages.com.au and search, for example, 'Jobs Mining' or 'Jobs Health' or 'Jobs Perth'; and see what sites come up and follow those links. Similarly, you can search for 'Recruitment Agencies Mining' or 'Recruitment Agencies Health' or 'Recruitment Agencies Perth' and follow the links. If you are searching for state government positions, you can try individual government agency sites (wa.gov.au/agencies/). 

Creating a personal profile

Generally, to take the next step and apply for a job of interest, you need to register with the site and build a 'personal profile'.

Information required for a profile includes things like an email address, your name and a password and details about the type of work you are looking for.

Some sites even offer 'Job Alerts' which are automatic emails or SMSs sent to you when new jobs are added onto the site matching your areas of interest.

Search criteria can include specific details such as location, wage/salary range and job sector.

Some sites offer subscription to 'job feeds' which, once again, match job information based on your search criteria. This is similar to receiving information via email or SMS.

Reverse marketing online
Another alternative some employment sites are now offering is a reverse form of job seeking. You place your details including a resume or 'professional page' onto the site. Registered vacancies on the site are then matched to your skills. Employers that are also registered with the site can then view your information and contact you directly when interested in what you have to offer.

For example,mycareer.com.au offers a service called 'Head Hunter', which automatically connects employers with potential candidates. You can also register for this service whilst you are currently employed. This site offers an online interview, tracking employers who visit your professional page and personality profiling. Seek.com.au have also developed something similar called 'Seek Profile'. Try it out!

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2 Company websites and applications

If there is a particular company you would like to work for, it is always useful to visit their website and see if they have a careers section. Use google.com.au to find their website.

Company websites are among the best sources of job listings, especially if you know what companies you are interested in working for. You can go directly to the source and search and apply for jobs. At most company sites, you can apply for all level positions from part time hourly jobs to top management positions. Employers such as Coles, Myer and David Jones all have jobs online, so does Local, State and Commonwealth Government (and some non-profit organisations).

You can use the following search engines to find company websites:

Use the following tips when searching for company websites.

  • Use the company or business name — Frequently, large companies use their name as part of their url or web address. Try searching 'businessname.com.au' and see if you can find the company you are seeking.
  • Searching ' .jobs'  Many companies are using the .jobs extension to direct job seekers to their company information. Enter 'businessname.jobs' and see if you are successfully directed to a relevant site.
  • Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the right page on a website — Popular places companies will also place jobs are within the tabs marked: 'About us', 'Careers', or 'Join our team'.
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3 Social and business networking sites

Although our methods of job searching are changing, the best way to get a job is still by 'word of mouth' recommendations. The difference today however, is that a lot more of those recommendations are now starting with connections made through online networks.

Don't be fooled - social networks alone won't necessarily find you a job. Organisation, confidence and planning are all still necessary!

Many people use social networking sites for just that – social networking. However, you can now also use sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to create personal profiles and search for job openings. Facebook has a 'Job hunting and careers – job openings' page which you can subscribe to and be notified of new job openings.

Similarly, you may search LinkedIn and find many contacts which have the potential to help you grow your career or find a new job. Often, such sites will have the capacity for employers to find you. Depending on your settings, you can create personal profiles and 'online resumes' which allow employers to contact you if your skills suit their needs – a form of reverse marketing.

Not having a LinkedIn profile or Facebook page does not mean you will be permanently unemployed. Perhaps you may just consider these sites as a way to increase your job search capabilities. However, if you do choose to use social networking sites in this way, be mindful of the types of personal information, photos and comments you may be providing to your networks. Keep your details professional at all times.

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