The nature of advertised job opportunities has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. As a result, the challenge of pinpointing the type of opportunity that suits job seekers has changed as well.
Whereas historically, newspapers were the primary vehicle for job adverts and you knew that if you bought the Cape Times on a Monday and the Weekend Argus on a Saturday, pretty much all the local, some national and even international opportunities would be there. You simply had to troll through the situations vacant until you found what you were looking for. There are still situations vacant advertised in the newspaper, but the nature of the jobs advertised in printed media has changed and the volume of adverts has diminished markedly. Now, the internet dominates job advertising (indeed, most advertising) and it takes a bit of understanding as to how this all works in order to make sense of the seeming plethora of adverts.
In essence, there are job boards, job aggregators and company websites to consider. Job boards are popular with recruiters as they are well known to candidates and often have a database facility that allows a candidate to store their CV so that prospective employers can search for people that match their selection criteria. There are two key things that you as a candidate need to do. Firstly, if your details are in the job board database, you need to keep them updated so that they remain relevant.
This is the first in a series of articles aimed at demystifying the recruitment process. Over the coming months, we will look at the process from both the perspective of the job seeker and the employer, highlighting some of the key steps for both in their efforts to match the person to the job. Navigating the maze of recruitment can be stressful so if you have some insight as to what to expect then it becomes so much easier, it gives you a sense of control, establishes realistic expectations and helps you manage outcomes effectively.
Both employers and candidates find themselves in highly competitive markets and need to be able to differentiate themselves in positive ways to ensure they achieve their goals. A professional structured approach to job hunting or finding the right employee is paramount to success for both parties in both the short and long term …..