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Online Recruitment: A candidates’ guide

Written by Kimberley Startup | January 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Online recruitment

With the arrival of the internet and the many benefits it offers, people are increasingly relying on technology. One of the rising trends in the internet space is online recruitment.

There are hundreds of sites that offer web-based recruitment services. Job boards, CV databases, online recruiters: all can help you to locate a job with a simple click of a button.


Here are some of the main online recruitment terms you may come across as a job seeker. This list is not exhaustive, but aims to establish key online recruitment terminology for those new to this new way of finding a new job.

Active Candidates: job seekers who are currently looking for a job

Passive Candidates: job seekers who have uploaded their CV to a database, but are not actively talking to recruiters or looking at the job boards

Job Alerts: these alerts allow candidates to register their details to hear about new roles

Job Board: sites that are dedicated to advertising vacancies on behalf of recruiters and direct employers

Job Board – Multi-sector: job boards that advertise vacancies from all industry sectors

Job Board – Industry specific: boards catering to one particular industry sector

Job Board – Specialised: boards featuring jobs targeting specific levels

Online Recruitment (also e-Recruitment, Web Recruitment): using the internet to source and recruit candidates using a range of online resources, such as job boards, CV databases or social networking sites.

Social networking recruitment: capitalising on the success of social networking, recruiters now use sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to advertise their vacancies and engage in conversation with potential recruits

So if you’re looking for a job, search online first: you will be surprised with the career opportunities that await you on the internet. If you would like further information about online recruitment or the webrecruit service, please contact us.

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