Resources are so abundant for job seekers that it can become confusing and possibly overwhelming especially when a google search for “job search websites” exceeds 162, 000 results! In an effort to provide the most valuable resources for your job search, it is necessary to understand the following three facts:
- Despite over 1 million search results for “online job boards” the success rate for job seekers is estimated to be less than 5%.
- Although it is in your best interest to build a positive rapport with recruiters, it is important to remember they do not work for job seekers, they work for the employer.
- Over 80% of HR professionals and recruiters are searching Linkedin for potential candidates.
Many jobs posted online are duplications displayed on various sites or outdated postings left to entice potential clients. Attracting as many job seekers as possible is the objective for most of these sites as the majority are paid by the employer and what better marketing tool than to promise to attract the largest and most talented pool of potential candidates. Some are attracting job seekers in an effort to sell work at home schemes and MLM’s, educational courses and degrees, and franchise opportunities. This is not to say that posting your resume online should be ignored just that the time invested in this resource should be relative to the success rates. There are plenty of legitimate sites where you should have your resume posted such as, Monster.ca, Workopolis, Service Canada and CareerBuilder.ca.
It is not difficult to seek out top recruiters in Canada, many of which also have international reputations. A professional introduction, especially if you can arrange it through a mutual connection who is able to refer you, is ideally recommended. Networking is the most successful job search tool and the following renowned, recruiting organizations, Heidrick & Struggles, Bedford Consulting, Korn Ferry and Permanent Search Group actively support Toronto ExecuNet and Senior ExecuNet which are attended by the top executive talent in Canada and those who aspire to be business leaders.
A professional online profile is a necessary component for anyone interested in managing a successful career and for job seekers, it is no less important than a professional resume. The top resource for a professional online profile is Linkedin. Although there are other professional networking sites such as VisualCV, Naymz and Plaxo, Linkedin has clearly established their presence with over 80% of HR Professionals and Recruiters confirming it as a key resource in their search for potential candidates. The opportunity to build and maintain a professional profile and expand your network has never been easier. Join groups, see extensive company information, job postings, promote your expertise, share experiences, ask questions and provide answers. Linkedin has also shown their commitment specifically to the Canadian Market and In the National Post, A Linkedin believer, Jonathan Lister, country manager for Linkedin Canada said, “I think Linkedin really has the potential to revolutionize not just talent acquisition, but talent management. That’s one of our longer-term goals: To almost be synonymous with talent.”
Further to managing online job boards, establishing a rapport with recruiters and a professional Linkedin profile, staying current is also a critical component of a successful job search. As a job seeker, keeping up with business news, the latest technology, market projections or industry trends could be key factors in securing your next position. An exceptional resource, offering a wealth of information in Canada is CanadianBusiness Magazine or CB Online, “Your success is our business”.
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For further information on job search resources please find the following professional advice from other members of the Career Collective, Collaboratively Helping Job Seekers: