Careers Advice

Using the internet to boost your job search

The second instalment of our three-part series on how to boost your job hunt focuses on the world-wide web and how it can maximise your chances of finding a role that’s right for you.

Published: 04/05/2017

The internet - a treasure trove of useful information (and cat videos), where you can find the answers to almost anything. While your browser history may consist largely of visits to Netflix and Facebook, the internet is a fantastic tool which can help you maximise your chances of scoring that dream job.

Create your own website

For those of you looking for a role which requires creative skills, having your own blog or website is a great way to showcase your talents. From writing, photography, video editing or artwork, an online portfolio would add meat to the bones of any application. There are lots of free, easy to use website platform to choose from, such as Wix, WordPress and Squarespace. Don’t’ forget to include the link in your CV or application.

Industry resources

Check out key websites or magazines for the sector you are aiming to join. Industry specific resources such as Campaign, Accountancy Age and Engineering & Technology, have sector related vacancy platforms. These are a good resource to find companies in your subject area, as well as understand the job titles you should be applying for.

Upload your CV

As well as applying to placements online, uploading your CV to the internet increases the number of recruiters who see that you’re looking for a job. CareerBuilder, Monster and Indeed all provide a function for posting applications online. When sorting through CVs digitally, employers tend use an applicant tracking system to pick out relevant terms and skills, so make sure you’ve included those important industry buzzwords.

Online guides

No matter what stage you’re at, there are plenty of resources to help you through the process. On websites such as Guardian Jobs or Forbes Careers, you will find tips on everything from crafting your CV, to choosing a job that’s right for you.  Even YouTube can be useful for teaching new skills such as how to use Excel or PowerPoint, as well as helping you prep for interviews. 

The ScotGrad website is also jam-packed with advice blogs specifically written for recent graduates, and our student and graduate placement opportunities are updated all the time. Check them out today!