What is a job board and how do I use one?

The job hunting process can be tricky. But, with more competition for jobs in Ireland, it’s important that you get it right. Figuring out where to start is a challenge in itself, especially as there are many different platforms which promise to connect you with the most relevant employers and help you find a job.

With our handy advice below, we’ll give you a valuable guide on using job boards to boost your job search, and offer advice on making this process a bit easier.

A guide to job boards

Job boards can often be confused amongst a range of recruiting techniques. It can be hard to spot the difference between recruiting sites, job search engines and job boards.

Put simply; a job board is a website where for companies and recruitment agencies can post their job advertisements. Job hunters can register with the job board and search thousands of these vacancies. Once a job hunter has found a position they like, they can apply for the role directly via the job board.

For job hunters, job boards can be the perfect resource. Rather than having to scour through multiple websites for a range of positions, you can find everything you need in one place. It’s as simple as that.

What makes job boards even better for job hunters is the ability to be headhunted. Once you have registered with the job board and uploaded your CV, it enters a database. Recruiters and hiring managers using the job board’s services can search this CV database for their next hire – that could be you!

Why they can benefit you

The obvious answer to why you should use a job board is to land your dream job, of course. The main benefit of job boards is how convenient they are. We all know that job hunting can be a pretty time-consuming process. But, you can use these boards to search for lots of vacancies at once, all within your desired industry.

This will narrow down the long process of searching for career pages and job vacancies on individual company websites.

What’s more, the majority of job boards such as CV-Library are free for job hunters – so there’s nothing to lose.

How to use one to land your dream job

Now you’re clued up; you will want to know how to use a job board to land that dream job.

The best technique is to start with a basic search of open positions. All you need to do is type in your ideal job into the search engine, and it will do the rest for you. You can also decide the distance and location you’re willing to travel for this role, as well as your desired salary.

Job sites like CV-Library will often make helpful suggestions based on these searches. For instance, if you search for one position, other suggestions will then become available. This is helpful for those who may be unsure of their next career move and are adaptable during their search.

Fresh opportunities, straight to your inbox

Alongside this, you can sign up for the latest Job Alerts via email. These bring the latest, most relevant, opportunities straight to your inbox.

They’re perfect for those who may not have time for daily searches or want the right notifications sent to them, meaning you won’t miss out on any amazing opportunities.

You can set the alerts to email you any advertised jobs that suit your description. You can filter these by industry and the type of work you are looking for (for example, full-time, temporary etc.).

By clarifying exactly what type of jobs you want to hear about, it means that you won’t be bombarded with emails for unsuitable, irrelevant positions.

What other resources are available?

Job boards aren’t limited to job searching tools. Many have career advice sections that provide expert tips on landing your ideal position and getting ahead in your career. The advice isn’t limited to your typical 9 to 5 job either. CV-Library has a range of advice, from how you can handle workplace stress, to excellent CV writing tips.

All in all, it’s clear that job boards can be a great tool for smashing your job hunt. Don’t just take our word for it, find out first hand by registering your CV online today.

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