The simple and truthful answer is that there is no single resource available to offer you a complete and comprehensive listing service.
Many websites are already out of date by the time you get to look at the information they provide, and many recruiters are only interested in harvesting resumes so they can pitch them at potential employer clients in exchange for hundreds and thousands of dollars in commissions. Your needs or requirements are never addressed except as a result of blind luck. Almost every employer will be advertising positions outside of mainstream media channels, and the majority of providers and recruiters will not be able to collate information across all regions and niches of the sector, so you cannot expect to be able to assess every listing of procurement specialist jobs from all the sites that are claiming to offer just that service.
Whether you are looking for your next challenge or you are looking to arm yourself with current job market information on responsibility and remuneration during interviews and contract negotiations, there are a number of things you should do whenever you look to use a recruiting resource.
Be Careful when an Agency is Charging You Fees
Many websites do not charge individual members for using the services, and instead they make money from employers who are advertising their vacancies. Job seekers are then able to use the listing services with no charge, but there is a major drawback with this model: not every employer will bother to spend their budget on advertising with any one particular site. So, by definition, sites charging employers to advertise a vacancy cannot be fully comprehensive.
A good tip is to use a resource which only charges the individual members for accessing the listing service, and provides free listings to employers. This way you gain an assurance that employers are not avoiding that service due to the cost, and the listings will therefore be more complete. In addition, you should check to see that the people behind the site are in fact actively collecting data and information on vacancies and employers from both offline media sources as well as those listed elsewhere on the Internet.
When you post your resume on a site, you should look for a resource which will allow you to create multiple versions of your resume which are amended to highlight different skill sets and experience that is directly relevant to different employers. One employer may be looking for management experience in a candidate, and so you would look to highlight relevant experience in previous procurement management jobs or related responsibilities. On the other hand, you may be looking at a procurement specialist jobs listing, and so your resume would be amended to reflect your contacts and experience working in the requisite specialist field.
It’s a definite case of different strokes for different folks, though the underlying core information will remain the same.
You need to be in control of your resume so it can be edited and amended as required and is secure both when it is stored and when it is actually being read.
Job Providers versus Recruiters
Some recruiting agents actually do provide a top rate, first class service when helping get your resume and face in front of a potential employer. In many instances, however, this is sadly not the case, and job seekers are simply fodder in a commission-hungry business. You may find that you wish to cut out the middlemen and deal directly with an employer so you can quickly come to grips with whether the vacancy and employer are for you or not. In many cases, dealing direct means you have far greater control over the process than when working via an intermediary.
The question will be how you are to tell the two types of job providers apart, and the answer is quite simple — the website resource you are using should be able to tell you at a glance who are employers (principals) and who are recruiters (agents), and you can plan your campaign accordingly.
While the Internet has supplied some very powerful tools and resources for job seekers and employers with vacancies, there are downsides to such a powerful resource. There is a need to exercise common sense and a degree of caution, both for your own security and to ensure that you are getting accurate and timely information that you can use with confidence and effectiveness.
Using a portal service which aggregates vacancy information from a variety of online and offline sources and charges a fee to individual users rather than employers advertising vacancies is the best means of moving forward with your job search.