These are The Only Ways You Should Be Looking For a Job in 2018

Looking for a new job in 2018 is very different than it was ten years ago. In the past, finding a new job was very easy. The average job seeker had everything from job boards, recruitment companies and even using their network.

Today this does not work. Finding a new job is very complicated process due to the sheer number of qualified candidates on the market. The internet might have allowed job boards to flourish, but it has also opened the job market nationally and, in some cases, internationally.

The Job Market in 2018

20 years ago, if a candidate was looking for a job in finance, they could pick up a financial magazine in their local shop. In the jobs section, there would be a selection of finance roles ready to be applied.

If after reading the job advert you were interested in the role, you could send your CV directly to the company and it is likely you would be given a face-to-face interview with the hiring manager.

Today the internet means that everyone across the country can view and apply for the same jobs that you are applying to. Today, it is not uncommon to have a thousand applications to a job advert. Over the years I have heard stories of candidates applying to a thousand jobs adverts and not receiving a single reply.

How Do Companies Hire Candidates?

The way that companies hire talent is also continually changing. Ten years ago, companies would focus on finding talent using recruitment companies, job boards, and their network. Today there is less prominence towards recruitment companies and job boards, and more focus towards company brands and personal networking.

Due to the internet, companies are receiving thousands of CV's from potential candidates across the world. It's now not only the experience on your CV that counts, but also knowing how to write a CV that considers keywords that considers keywords that will help to beat the company's applicant tracking system.

In this section, we are going to explore job search strategies to help you find your dream job. Rather than simply telling you my job search strategies, I've devised a simple survey that will show us how companies find talent. Once we understand how companies find their talent, we can look at the best ways for you to find your next position.

The 2018 Survey

The 2018 Survey was sent out to over 60,000 candidates asking them five questions on how they found their job. The results were terrific and provided us with a great insight into how companies find their talent. The survey had five basic questions, was sent out to over 60,000 readers of which 26,627 surveys were completed.

The results of this survey would indicate how we need to approach our job search in the future.

The Results

  • 37% - Of candidates found their new job internally
  • 22% Of candidates were referred into their new job
  • 10% of candidates found their new job from a Job Board
  • 12%LinkedIn
  • 2% Twitter
  • 1% Facebook
  • 1% Google
  • 1% Other Social Media Platforms
  • 3% Recruitment Companies
  • 12% Other Methods

What Does This Mean For Your Job Search

If we start from the top, you can see that companies would most of all like to promote internally or hire from within. The survey showed that 37% of all hires were internal. We will talk more about this later, however getting into a company in the wrong job, is much better than not being in that company at all.

Second on the survey with 30% was Referrals. Referrals mean that someone in the business has noticed the company is hiring right now and has suggested a candidate for a specific role. For a candidate looking for a new job, this is probably the best way of finding a new job, as your job application already comes with a reference that will be trusted.

The survey shows that 10% of candidates found their new job from a job board. Ten years ago, job boards would have been the best way of finding a new job. Across the world, there are some massive companies such as Monster or Indeed which have thousands of jobs on their websites at any one time.

Over the years companies have reduced their focus on job boards given the number of "junk" CV's that are received each day. Candidates often read a job advert, think they would like a go and applying to it. The result, job adverts receive thousands of applications each day, and it takes a robust applicant tracking systems to sort through those candidates.

Finally, Social Media which has come a long way. 10 Years ago, this number would be zero as social media companies were still tiny. The survey found that 17% of external hires came from social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Due to the vast numbers of people that use these social media programs daily, the reach that a simple Facebook advert can achieve is enormous.

The Only Way To Look For a Job in 2018

37% - Internal Candidates

Given 37% of all new hires were found using internal candidates, your first point of call needs to be getting into a company where the hiring managers can see your work and more importantly be impressed by it.

If you can get the vote of confidence from a hiring manager, you have an internal reference that will improve your chances of finding a permanent position. If you're smart, you can use this reference in other ways outside the company simply by researching their network.

This means looking at the temp market, contracting or even taking a job that you don't want in the long term, but can prove yourself and move into a permanent role within the group.

In this section, we're looking specifically at ways you find a new job by being the internal candidate that the hiring manager chooses.

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22% - Referrals/Networking

In my opinion, a referral is the most important part of any successful job search. What a referral is telling the hiring manager, is that you’re good at your job and someone that they need to speak to.

Referrals are part of everyday life – Do you need a new car, laptop, camera or even holiday? What’s the first thing you do when you decide that you want to go on holiday? In my case, it’s chosen a country and head onto the Internet to check out the hotel reviews.

I want to know what other people think of the location and hotel. Did they have a nice experience? Would they return? What’s there to do? After reading all the reviews, I then decide if this is the holiday for me, or should I think of somewhere else to go.

Finding a candidate for a role is no different. Hiring managers want a perfect candidate, and after looking at a selection of CV, they want to narrow this down to a few select candidates that they will interview personally. This is where referrals are key. If you have a referral, you'll skip straight to the front of the interview queue.

In this section, we're looking at how to find and use that referral to be successful in your job search. Remember, networking is a massive part of finding that referral, and we spend most of this section looking at online and offline networking.

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How To Think Outside The Box

10% Job Boards

I don't think job boards should be a major focus of any job search, that said, there is always a place for them in your job search. Over the last few years, I have met candidates that have applied to thousands of jobs and never received a single reply.

What worries me the most, often it's not their CV that's the problem. It's the fact that each job advert gets thousands of replies and there is no way a recruiter will look at them all.

"Relevance" is the keyword when we're talking about job boards. Recruiters will use an applicant tracking system and search for very specific keywords within your CV.

In this section, we're looking at job boards and how to beat them to make sure your CV is successful, and you're the candidate that is chosen for interviews.

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Relevant Job Boards

International Job Boards

Niche Job Boards

17% Found On Social Media

Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are key social media platforms that we all use to keep in touch with friends, however, social media also have access to billions of people across the world.

There is a good chance, you're next hiring manager has a profile on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. It doesn't take much to get access to their profile and use social media in your next job search.

The most important platforms that you should be using are, Google+,, and While there are many others, these are the main platforms that recruiters and hiring managers are using.





3% Recruitment Companies

Recruitment companies still have their place in your job search, however, you need to realise a recruiter is working for their client and not for you. Unless you have something the recruiter actively wants, honestly the recruiter does not care whether you exist or not.

Typically, a company will use an external recruitment agency to find candidates that are in short supply or when they cannot find a specific profile themselves. Whilst this is a small percentage, it still represents many thousands of hires each year across the world.

The key point here, you need to find if you want a recruiter to find you a new role. This does not mean simply sending your CV to your local recruiter and thinking the job is done.

In this section, we're looking at recruitment companies. Which you should be looking at, which you should avoid and most importantly, how to make sure that if a recruiter is looking for a profile like yours, they find you first.

How To Make Sure Recruiters Find You

Senior Hire Recruiters

Mid-Level Recruiters

Junior Hire Recruiters

Specialist Recruiters

12% Outside The Box

Searching for a career is often a time-consuming process, but one that you need to think outside the box a little to get the right result. Any job application is easy, will receive thousands of candidates with most probably just testing their luck.

If you put in some work and find the difficult, more time-consuming ways of finding a new career, more than likely, most other candidates will be put off meaning that there is a much lower number of applications and more chance that your resume will be read. Below is every idea I could think to help with your job search.

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Google Alerts - To Help Find The Latest Jobs On The Market

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Final Thoughts

Ultimately, finding a new job is about getting your CV in front of the hiring manager and making sure they decide that you're the right person for the role.

You can have the best experience, the greatest CV and cover letter in the world, but at the end of the day, if the hiring manager does not look at your CV, you have no chance of getting a job.

If you think finding a job new is just applying to a few jobs on a job board, unless you're extremely lucky, there's a good chance you will never get anywhere.

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Nick Jones

My name Nick Jones, I am a professional Head-Hunter with over 20 years of experience working all over the world. I specialise in out-of-the-box job search strategies to get your CV directly to the hiring manager, thus skipping any ATS portals or recruiters who think they're important.

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