Where to look for a job? What are the pros and cons of each option?

In the light of the current situation where many people have already lost jobs and, unfortunately, many more will yet, it is crucial to focus on places where you can look for a job. It is very important to take an active interest in your future position. The more resources you use, the better is your chance of success. So do not rely on a single source and combine multiple sources – recruitment agencies, job websites, social network LinkedIn, recommendations, and the company site itself.

Pros and cons of each option

Websites of companies you are interested in

  • Disclosure of most open positions, except for “secret” projects
  • Demonstration of a direct interest in the company
  • Risk of applying for an unsuitable position, especially for inexperienced candidates
  • Often without feedback, especially in case of rejection
  • Limited preparation for the job interview, drawing only from publicly available information
  • You might miss a great position in a great company because you have never heard of the company

Recruitment agencies

  • More demanding positions, positions that clients need to fill quickly or in mass, as well as “secret” positions, and positions for new investors on the market.
  • Career counseling, preparation for an interview with the client and feedback
  • The possibility to obtain multiple recommendations based on a single interview
  • Representation of a larger segment of the market – the clients of the agency
  • Indirect contact with the employer, which can cause an extended selection process
  • Not all agencies offer quality service/have quality staff

Internet job portals

  • Coverage of almost the entire Slovak market, except for “secret” positions
  • A user account that makes it easier to track responses to individual offers
  • Possibility to apply directly/indirectly to the employer
  • A more difficult orientation in the volume of offers, especially for inexperienced candidates
  • Absence of counseling, and therefore a limited possibility of preparation for an interview
  • Advertising mainly in Slovak and English

Social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook)/applications

  • Similar to internet job portals
  • Offers focused according to the specialization of the portal/application
  • For international networks/applications including foreign offers
  • More competition among candidates due to worldwide coverage
  • Direct marketing = tailored offer according to your preferences


  • An excellent source of information about the functioning of the company/internal conditions, and thus also an opportunity to prepare well for the interview
  • Direct positive reference to you or to the job position
  • You do not always have this option and not all of your acquaintances can judge correctly if the company has a suitable position for you
  • If you do not succeed or the reality of the workplace does not correspond to your idea, you risk a strain on your relationship with the person who recommended you

Advertising in print and other media

  • Used mainly for new projects, local projects, lower positions, or mass recruitment
  • Focus on a specific location, type of position, or professional field
  • Application is possible online, offline, or in-person
  • Lower efficiency in searching for suitable offers for the candidate

Job center

  • Assigned contact person/advice
  • Limited overview of open positions on the labor market
  • Limited job offers

The period of unemployment or a possible job change is one of the most psychologically challenging periods. It is important to realize that it is rarely possible for an individual to get a job on the first try. It is therefore extremely important to think positively, learn from any setbacks and continue to respond to suitable positions.

24. June 2021 | upvision.sk

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