14 March 2013

eRecruitment Success Guide For Job Seekers

It’s great that the world of online recruitment now allows job seekers to conduct their search from pretty much anywhere, that’s progress. In contrast however, there are now so many routes to finding your next career that the whole eRecruitment process can become a little daunting, and knowing a few basic tips and tricks can work wonders, and land you that perfect job.


Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell worked in Ciphr's marketing team from 2012-2020.


Career development Recruitment and retention


It’s great that the world of online recruitment now allows job seekers to conduct their search from pretty much anywhere, that’s progress. In contrast however, there are now so many routes to finding your next career that the whole eRecruitment process can become a little daunting, and knowing a few basic tips and tricks can work wonders, and land you that perfect job.

Prioritise your requirements, and target accordingly

It is very unlikely that you can literally pick and choose who you work for.  However, this does’nt mean that you can’t prioritise certain elements of the role you are looking for, or the industry that you’d like to work in.  With this prioritised list you can then target certain websites, forums and social media pages in order to start your search in a more targeted fashion.

Use your existing connections

Whether you have an existing professional network on LinkedIn, following on Twitter or ‘Friends’ on Facebook, these are all potential referrers for a new role.  Utilise these contacts and discuss your requirements with them. It is likely that a contact will know of a role which suits your needs.

Get yourself on LinkedIn and make sure your profile is up to date and optimised

LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world.  Most prospective employers will research candidates on the network prior to interview (and probably after).  Ensuring that you have an up to date, professional and optimised profile is essential to your personal brand. There are numerous hints and tips on optimising your LinkedIn profile in our previous article.

Use social media to your advantage

Social media is not only a great source of the latest news from your friends and acquaintances, but also from many businesses who are keen to engage with their customers and potential employees.  Many companies will have business pages on social networks, such as FacebookPinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter.  Monitoring these networks, and following the company’s feed is useful, not only to find out what the business is up to and research their brand, but also for notification as to when they are advertising vacancies.  More and more businesses are using social media for recruitment to cut costs, engage with potential future employees and to reach large numbers of potential candidates quickly and efficiently.

Sharing interesting information which the company has published (or shared themselves) is a way of getting noticed and interacting with that company. Don’t overdo it however as you will just come across creepy and desperate.

Optimise your online presence

Many people have numerous online profile’s, make the most of these for job hunting success. Ensuring that these profiles are consistent across the different social networks, and ‘cleaning’ up any information or updates which may be damaging to your personal brand is an important task. Potential employers often check social networks for any information that will guide them in their decision as to whether to employ you, make sure that they only find information that is advantageous to your chances.

Some tasks to take include:

  • Reviewing the security settings on any social media network you are a member of.
  • ‘Untagging’ yourself from any images that may not be suitable for a prospective employer to view.
  • ‘Google’ your name to check if any results reflect badly on your reputation or professional standing.
  • Ask LinkedIn contacts to recommend you for key tasks relevant to the role which you are searching for.
  • Ensure your profile image is clear and appropriate.
  • Make sure that any references to skills, current roles or experiences, which are relevant to your job search, are up to date and accurate.


Set up Google alerts to help with your search

Using Google Alerts to monitor and report on certain important terms and keywords relevant to your career search in an invaluable tool.  You will require a Google account  in order to create alerts and the process is very simple and effective.
Once signed into your Google account, navigate to Google Alerts. 

From here you can create as many alerts as you wish and have the results emailed to you either as a summary or as the news is published (enabling you to respond quickly).  You are also able to filter the search to news only (as opposed to ‘everything’) and whether the results returned are only those deemed as ‘best’ or ‘all’.

Update, optimise and upload your CV

Job boards are still a very important part of the eRecruitment process. Ensuring that your profile and CV are optimised will increase your chances of being  found by employers. Ways to enhance your CV include:

  • Clear layout: The more complicated your CV is, the harder it is for the search to understand and find it.
  • Skills: When you list your experience, mention the skills you obtained as well.
  • The right heading: Along with your name, add the description of the role you are interested in.
  • Key words: Use the key words used for your role in the industry, place those words near to the top of your CV.
  • Keep it concise: Include the relevant information only, recruiters will not spend long on each CV.
  • Check it, and check it again: Make sure that the CV is free from grammatical errors or spelling mistakes (this rule should be applied to everything you write online or share).


Direct eRecruitment through company website eRecruitment portal

Scan employers websites for an eRecruitment portal.  Many businesses are using online recruitment software, such as Ciphr web recruitment solution. These tools allow you to apply for roles currently available within the business and, in some cases, send speculative applications which enable the business to add you to their ‘talent pool’ of applicants.

Thoroughly read the job description before starting to apply online.  Make sure you understand as much as possible about the role and what would be expected of you.  If there is anything that you do not understand, or is missing from the job specification, then this can be a question you can ask at the interview.
Ensure that as many fields on the application form are completed to the best of your ability, this will show that you have taken time to complete it and are not filling out as many online applications as possible, using the minimum details required for successful submission.