Make sure you’re subscribed to as many job sites as you can, entering in as many details as possible. If there are a couple of sectors you’re interested in, make sure you tick them all, instead of just looking at one. Widen your range from the main recruitment websites to industry specific bulletins and sites – these more precise sites may come up with jobs that aren’t being advertised as widely.
Social Media Sites
Social media sites will be your best friend while looking for jobs online! Platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are great places to source vacancies, as well as being able to network, and speak to people in your desired industry.
Remember to keep your LinkedIn profile updated, and see if you can find people to endorse you and write recommendations. Make sure all of your social media profiles are professional – Twitter can be a great tool, but it can also be your biggest downfall if you’re portraying the wrong image! Think of it as an extension of your CV: an insight into your life for a potential employer.
Having an online portfolio can work wonders for you. Anything from a personal blog, to a website focused around your skills, to an online gallery will be an easy way for employers to check how good you really are – not just what is (or isn’t!) on your CV. Being able to show a potential employer that you have a vested interest in their industry, you can write about a variety of topics, or you can display the work you’ve already done, will add proof to everything you’ve said in your application.
If you’re eyeing an internship in Beijing or Shanghai and you have a running blog about your industry, posts on how your industry is expanding, for example in China is an excellent way to grab a potential employer’s attention.
Keywords and Job Descriptions
Many online job applications use trackers to pick up on keywords. Instead of your application being read by a real person, it might be scanned by a computer to find important words. In order to trump these trackers, do your research and read the job description thoroughly to be sure you are using the appropriate words on your resume. Be careful that you don’t just stuff your application with useless and irrelevant words though – you need to make sense at the same time!
If you speak Mandarin Chinese and are looking for a job in China be sure to include that skill because some local companies won’t hire foreigners unless they speak some of the local language.
Make It Easy
Don’t be the applicant that sends an employer a 20-page document attached to an e-mail! While you might think you’re showing off all of your skills, you’re more likely to put an employer off. They’ve most likely got near to 100 applications to get through, on top of yours, so keep it brief. If an application has guidelines, stick to them. Similarly, keep it clear. Don’t use ten words when five will do.