Jobsplus website and Guidance Services
Jobsplus has numerous services which can assist job seekers in their search for employment.
- Register and create a profile on the Jobsplus Website – Once you register as a website user you will have access to a number of tools, including an online search for vacancies and access to Jobsplus guidance services.
Alternatively, you may opt for job search guidance.
- Register with Jobsplus – Anyone who is unemployed and actively seeking employment should register for work with Jobsplus.
- Visit one of the Jobsplus Job Centres – Jobseekers may visit job centres situated around Malta and Gozo in order to request assistance on the job search, gather information on Jobsplus services and initiatives, and check out notice boards for new job listings.
Through its EURES services, Jobsplus assists jobseekers interested in finding job opportunities in other European countries.
Networking and word of mouth
A number of local vacancies are not advertised through direct means such as newspapers. For this reason, networking is considered to be one of the most effective ways of finding employment. So what does networking entail? Networking involves making contact with either: (1) individuals, such as relatives, friends, acquaintances, local business people, etc or (2) groups and/or organisations, such as non-governmental organisations. Networking helps the jobseeker locate job openings, refer the jobseeker to someone who might assist him/her, and may possibly aid the jobseeker get in touch with someone who can offer a job.
Why is word of mouth so effective? Word of mouth, which can take the form of informal chats, personal meetings, or simply a phone call, is valuable because:
- If a jobseeker knows an employee who works within a particular company they are interested in, she/he can recommend the jobseeker or pass on his/her CV;
- Personal contacts can inform the jobseeker of any new job openings at their workplace, even before they are advertised in a public way;
- Personal contacts may have information on companies which are expanding and are interested in recruiting in the near future.
Using newspapers is a conventional method of searching for job openings since numerous jobs are advertised in newspapers. Most newspapers also have their own website, where additional information is available.
Contacting companies found through business directories
Another method which might be used is searching through business directories for companies and employers who might offer the type of work jobseekers are looking for. This technique–known as ‘cold calling’-involves contacting the company/employer in the area of interest and sending a CV and a covering letter just in case there are any current or future job openings.
Internet and social networking
The internet is a very convenient means of searching for vacancies. The jobseeker can visit various websites on which there may be adverts of job openings, including newspaper sites and recruitment agencies sites. In addition to this, companies who have their own site usually have a section within the site where they list any current vacancies within the company. Social networks are used by a number of companies to advertise their vacancies directly with the general public without using the assistance of other services. Certain social networks are better known for business related activities, where a professional profile can be created. While profiles on various social networks can help an individual raise his/her virtual footprint, caution about the setting of privacy levels is highly warranted.
Private Recruitment Agencies
Private Recruitment Agencies are also an effective source for advertised vacancies. Some of these recruitment agencies specialise in a particular sector, whereas others advertise a selection of vacancies from all industries. In addition to using the agency’s website to search for job openings, the jobseeker can also register online and receive vacancy listing and details by e-mail. You can access the list of private recruitment agencies with the contact details and area of specialisation by clicking here.
Being on the lookout
Job vacancies may be advertised in shops or on notice boards in various places. It is not unusual for employers to advertise positions in their own place of work, for example a vacancy for a sales assistant in a shop window or a vacancy for a food and beverage attendant affixed to a cafeteria or restaurant door. In such instances, the jobseeker can enquire about the vacancy and method of application directly at the premises where the opening is advertised. Always have a copy of your CV handy.
Department of Information (DOI) site
The Department of Information (DOI) website is a good source for local and EU employment opportunities. Such vacancies pertain to the Public Service Commission, Government ministries and agencies as well as EU institutions, agencies and bodies.