It will not be a novelty if we say that we are going through some really difficult years in our country. The economic crisis is wreaking havoc on Spanish society, which today has, according to Eurostat data from the European Commission, 26.7% of its people unemployed. If we focus our eyes on youth unemployment, the numbers skyrocket even more: 55% of young people do not have a job. Finding it is, therefore, a goal that seems difficult to achieve, but not impossible.
Within this socio-economic context in which we are submerged, new technologies and the Internet have fostered the proliferation of pages that allow online job search : they are job portals .
According to the latest published studies, recruitment professionals particularly value job portals for recruiting good candidates, above recruitment companies. The problem is that there are at least 200 or 300 Spanish job portals on the Internet where we can register our CV and look for job offers. In this article we will talk about some of the most interesting and with more users.
Portals are another element of the job search; however, they are not a guarantee of anything, and registering with them must be accompanied by an active and constant search , also, outside the digital world. Information on active job search can be found on the portal of the State Public Employment Service (SEPE)
We will start by talking about Infojobs , the best-known portal on the Internet and also the most widely used . Before the economic crisis, Infojobs achieved record numbers in employee hiring. In recent years, their numbers are also considerable: in 2012, according to the platform itself, Infojobs managed to find nearly 400,000 people to find work, which guarantees them as the leading page of job offers in Spain . Today it is diversifying its business and expanding to other countries.
To be in Infojobs you will only have to register on their website . You must click on the “Sign up for free ” tab and fill out a form with your data. In the space for your CV, you will have to fill in different fields, such as studies, experience, languages, etc.
You can modify the information whenever you want within ” My area ” (top right) and clicking on the ” My CVs ” tab . Companies value very positively if you write a cover letter , to personalize your application and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Infojobs provides some tips for writing a good letter.
Once everything is in order, you can start searching by going to the ” Job Offers ” tab . Here it is convenient to use the different filters provided by the portal to narrow down the workplace that you want to choose. You can limit by location, job categories, minimum wage … The most useful thing is to use the filters that allow you to choose the province (to avoid having to read offers that are on the other side of the country) and the category of the position (allows you to choose where you want work: Commercial and sales, Customer service, Health and healthcare, IT and telecommunications, etc.).
When you find an offer that you consider of interest, you must click on the blue button ” I want to register for the offer ” (Infojobs gives some advice before registering for job offers). From here, the die is cast.
A very interesting section is ” My Candidacies “, where you can follow the selection process and see if your CV has been accepted, read, if the first screening has passed, if you continue in the process, etc. You can sign up for as many job offers as you want.
Other options. The LinkedIn case
As we have mentioned, in our country there are a large number of job portals. Other websites notable for their number of users are Infoempleo , Trabajando or Laboris . We will not go into talking about them because the mechanics are very similar to those of Infojobs, and that is that every job portal always leads to 3 steps: registration, incorporation of the curriculum and enrollment in the offers.
There is a separate and really booming case these days, which is LinkedIn . It is not a regular job search portal, but a social network focused on professional contacts . It was founded in late 2002 by Reid Hoffman, one of the creators of eBay . According to the specialized portal The Verge , worldwide there are about 270 million users connected, more than a quarter in Europe.
LinkedIn, like Facebook, asks the user to create a personal page with their work history and then allows them to add friends and acquaintances to the profile. The service it offers allows companies to launch job offers and users to ask people they know (their contacts) to introduce them to potential employers. It is a social network that will help you find relevant contacts and facilitate the possibility that companies / headhunters find you. It is an ideal complement for active searches “on the street” and inquiries on web portals.
It is a formal social network, so, as tips, you should use a face photo (DNI style); write in formal language and use every available space to offer valuable information about yourself. It is also interesting to join one of the huge number of groups that exist and participate in them, be active, and get recommendations . Recommendations are the digital evolution of letters of recommendation and can help make a difference from other candidates. Do not hesitate to ask for it from coworkers, former bosses, etc.
If you are looking for a job and you still did not know these portals do not hesitate to try them. Thousands of people get jobs every day through the Internet, you who knows, could be the following.