In chapter one, we suggested defining precisely what you are looking for in your next Assistant role.
This is even more important if you use the internet to find your next role. The internet is vast, and many websites advertise Assistant roles.
Knowing what you want in your next role will save you a lot of time searching through various websites.
This seems the obvious place to start, but using a search engine like Google will throw up a lot of stuff that may not be relevant to your job search.
If you were to Google ‘Assistant jobs’, over a million results would appear.
That would take quite some time to work through. So you must refine your search.
This is where keywords come into play.
Using a specific search term or keywords based on your ideal role will help you narrow down the number of results in your search engine.
So, for example, using Personal Assistant role to Communications Director in London in Google will bring up jobs relevant to your specific search.
Thousands of websites are dedicated to recruitment, so it is worth being selective with the job boards you use.
Ideally, you want to use a website with roles specifically for assistants in your location and roles within the industry you want to work in. Most job boards will have filters that you can use to narrow your search.
Most job boards will also let you set up an alert to receive an email whenever a new role is posted on their website. This is a great way to keep up to date with the latest posts.
Remember that with so many jobs posted on these websites, the roles can be filled quickly, so it is worth following up with the recruitment agent if you find your dream role.
Recruitment Agency websites
Although most agencies will post their new roles on wider job boards, it is still worth checking their websites directly.
Generally, they post new roles on their website before anywhere else, so it is worth setting up an alert if you find an agent that recruits for your preferred position.
Social media platforms are critical to any online job search. The obvious social media platform to start using is LinkedIn. Here you will find a considerable amount of resources to aid your job search, and numerous articles and books are written about LinkedIn. We will go into more detail later in this chapter.
Again, most organisations and recruitment agencies will post new roles on LinkedIn.
You may be approached directly with job offers if you are active on LinkedIn. So, when looking for a new role, firstly, you must have a LinkedIn profile, and secondly, it must be up to date. Most potential recruiters will look at your LinkedIn profile when reviewing your application.
LinkedIn is also useful for researching your potential employer, particularly when preparing for your interview. It is also a great place to network professionally.
Having a strong network will help your job search significantly. Twitter and Facebook are also powerful social media platforms for networking and keeping up to date with jobs.
Again, if you have an interview coming up, check out the organisation’s Twitter and Facebook accounts to get a flavour of what is happening in the business.
Your online profile
A word of warning!
Before you look for your next role, make sure you Google yourself. Your potential employer will.
Usually, you will not find anything remotely embarrassing or unprofessional, but if you do, make sure you have an explanation for it.
Your potential employer will look at your online profile, so make sure it is up-to-date, professional and shows you in a positive light.