Where to look for jobs online

Gone are the days when you had to go through a recruiter or hunt through the wanted ads of a newspaper. The current work and job environment is much easier to navigate through the use of online career portals. Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood looks at where you can look for jobs online.

There are multiple job portals available for those looking for employment both locally and overseas. Among the many local job websites are:

  1. Indeed.co.za – https://www.indeed.co.za/
  2. Careers24 – http://www.careers24.com/
  3. CareerJunction.co.za – https://www.careerjunction.co.za/
  4. BestJobs.co.za – https://www.bestjobs.co.za/
  5. JobMail.co.za – http://www.jobmail.co.za/
  6. JobVine.co.za – http://www.jobvine.co.za/
  7. PNet.co.za – https://www.pnet.co.za/
  8. thejobsportal.co.za – https://www.thejobsportal.co.za/
  9. jobs.co.za – http://www.jobs.co.za/
  10. BizCommunity – http://www.bizcommunity.com/jobs

The online job environment

Marc Privett, general manager of Careers24, notes: “The evolution of online recruitment, as with the growth of job seeking in a digital landscape in South Africa, has been buoyant over the last few years. The basic online job board has evolved into so much more in order to meet complex job-seeker needs.

“The modern career portal is an all-rounder. It not only provides job opportunities, but is a portal for valuable job-seeking, content, courses and events around particular industries. At Careers24, we also have a review section, where employees can post warts-and-all reviews of companies.”

Job portals are not only used by those seeking employment, but also by recruiters and companies to find employees that will ‘fit’ the positions they are looking to fill. As such, it is important that you carefully monitor your profile on the site/s that you use. This can be ensuring your employment history is accurate, to updating any new skills or responsibilities you may acquire over time. The more accurate your profile, the more likely you will find the right job.

Your profile

Job portal websites offer a place for employers to advertise positions, as well as a place for potential employees to advertise their experience and skills. As such it is important to have a good profile.

Your profile is your first impression, so it should highlight your best qualities. However, that doesn’t mean lying about experience or employment, as that will most likely catch up with you eventually.

One of the first steps when signing up to a career portal is to fill out your basic information, such as your name and contact information. You may also be asked to load a profile picture (employers like to see what you look like) and a copy of your CV (the desired format will be stated).

From here you will be asked to answer a series of questions, from your skills, to your work experience and qualifications. This is essentially a further breakdown of your CV. Privett highlights: “Not to be forgotten is the fact that job portals are extensively used by recruiters and a good job portal provides filtering systems for recruiters, where the skills that they are looking for are identified. This means that a CV on a good job portal has a good chance of being noticed.”

The more information you provide the more appealing you may appear to employers. However, it is important to keep this information relevant to the type of position you are looking for. It doesn’t matter that you got an ‘A’ in art in high school when you are looking for a job an as accountant.

International opportunities

For those looking for international job placements, there are a number of sites that you can access. The set-up of theses websites is the same as the local job sites. However, it is important to note that employers may likely focus on applicants from their own country.

Some of these websites are:

  1. Indeed.co.uk – https://www.indeed.co.uk/
  2. Gorkanajobs.co.uk – http://www.gorkanajobs.co.uk/
  3. CV Library – https://www.cv-library.co.uk/jobs/london
  4. Monster – https://www.monster.com/
  5. Reed – https://www.reed.co.uk/
  6. Fiverr.com – https://www.fiverr.com/
  7. UpWork.com – https://www.upwork.com/
  8. Freelancer.com – https://www.freelancer.com/jobs/

Remember confidence and self-assurance are important when job hunting. If you don’t sound like you know what you’re talking about and can’t show examples of your work or highlight accomplishments you have achieved, you won’t impress your potential employer.

The cost of using job portals

Many of the job portals looked at here offer the service for free, especially the local job portals. However, there are some websites that require a fee for you to upload and host your CV on the website. For example, the website UpWork.com charges for the use of its service. They also charge a 10% service fee on the freelancer fee charged by users.

Make sure to check the terms and conditions of the website that you choose to use to ensure there are no hidden costs.

Good luck with the job hunt!