In the coming years, many employers are going to want to increase their online presence, and there are ways to do so that aren’t necessarily as easy as using the traditional online job board.
But for some employers, the search for a decent job can be an intimidating experience.
In fact, according to a recent report by the online job site Monster, only 3% of employers said they were able to find qualified candidates using an online search.
That’s a pretty significant drop from the 25% who were able just last year.
The site surveyed more than 5,000 employers and found that just 8% of companies had the ability to find the perfect candidates online.
If that number doesn’t seem intimidating, it should.
According to Monster, a company can’t be a good fit if its hiring for a job title that requires extensive online searches.
“If you have to use the search function to find a job that isn’t on your list, it may not be an effective way to fill your current position,” the report read.
Monster found that employers that use a traditional job search process often get an employee’s resume and cover letter sent to them via email rather than directly via the company’s website.
It also found that while a small percentage of companies have a paid search tool, only 6% of them had a paid platform for hiring candidates.
Here are the top ways to find good pay online without relying solely on traditional job boards.1.
Look for a company that accepts applications.
Some companies are able to help you find candidates for your specific job, but the real magic happens when you apply through Monster.
“The vast majority of companies are more than happy to take applications through their website or through a tool like Monster,” the company wrote.
“This can result in more people being hired.”
For Monster, the online application process allows companies to easily compare candidates from across the world and even more quickly narrow down a search.
“You can see where a person is from, what they’ve done in the past, and more,” the website explained.
“A lot of companies don’t give you all of that information out of fear that they will be seen as low-quality and that people will come to them to say ‘Oh, you’re not hiring this person.'”2.
Get in touch with your network.
Some employers have found it more useful to reach out to employees directly and build relationships than through an online application.
“Companies are always looking for people who can contribute to their business and have been to the company,” Monster’s Josh Osterman said.
“For many companies, they’re looking for someone who has worked for them for a long time.
And it’s great to get people on board, even if they haven’t worked there for a while.”
If you’re hiring for an online position, make sure to get in touch directly with your friends and family.
“Your network of friends, your family, your neighbors can help you get the most out of this job,” Monster founder and CEO Chris Wankel said.3.
Make sure to use a flexible approach.
Monster’s job board was able to show that employers often do their best to accommodate applicants who have limited English proficiency.
This can include asking candidates to do multiple job searches for a single position, for example.
“Some employers are able with a flexible hiring process to accommodate the applicants who can speak English,” Monster explained.
However, it’s important to understand that employers may be hesitant to open a job search with someone who can’t speak English, or even just people who aren’t very fluent.4.
Don’t fall for the ‘freebie’ approach.
“We were surprised to find that just 19% of businesses had an automated job posting system,” Monster wrote.
Companies can get paid to post jobs that don’t require a candidate to go through Monster, so that’s another option.
“Employers should consider hiring candidates through a more traditional process if they need someone to do more than one job, or if they want to reach a specific audience,” Monster concluded.5.
Don “be scared of the unknown.”
Many employers rely on traditional online searches for hiring.
However it’s also important to remember that not all employers are equally eager to offer a job to someone who is new to the field.
“Many employers are more likely to take someone with a specific skill set or experience,” Monster stated.
“It may be a great idea to go back to a job application that requires a specific job title to narrow down your search.”
Monster found, for instance, that the majority of employers were interested in people who could perform various types of customer service jobs.
“Most companies would prefer someone who already has some experience with their own business and has some skills that will be beneficial to the organization,” the site stated.
That being said, Monster noted that a lot of businesses don’t even have the ability for those skills to be used.
“While many employers don