As labor-intensive as it can feel, looking for a new job can be very exciting. It’s a fresh start. An opportunity for you to redefine your goals or get closer to the ones you already have.
But it can sometimes be tedious, and can even feel like a full-time job. This is why it’s so important to know what resources are available to you and how to use them.
That’s where we’re here to help. We’ve done the research on different types of job search platforms, so you don’t have to. And we’ve put together a guide to make job searching easier for you.
But before you dive into your search, it’s important that you’ve figured out what you want to do and have prepared for your job search. Check out our recent blogs for support getting through those steps.
If you are ready to get into your job search, keep reading for a guide to some tools available to you.
Networking is a very useful tool for finding jobs and is considered the most successful. Being referred by someone for a position is vastly different than applying, yourself. It always helps to know someone.
However, it’s different from other tools in that it’s an indirect pathway to a job. What we mean by this is that it’s not advisable to ask someone for a job when networking.
The benefit of networking is that it helps you build strong relationships. It also allows you to learn more about others and allows others to learn more about you. This way, when suitable opportunities arise in the future, you will come to mind and be recommended.
If you are unsure of how to find networking events, a good place to start is through alumni networks if you have gone to school or completed a course. Another great option is to look for events relevant to the position you are going for, held in your area through services like Meetup or Eventbrite.
If you don’t have access to events in your area, fear not, once you’ve cleaned up your social profiles (you can join groups or follow people in the position you see yourself in and begin building relationships. Not only will you learn a ton, but you will start to develop a community of people who are rooting for your success.
Here are a few general tips to keep in mind for successful networking:
· Ask questions (remember, you want to get to know them too)
· Offer your unique insights
· A Thank You goes a long way
· Find reasons to follow up
· Ask for suggestions on expanding your network (the contacts you make will likely have many contacts themselves)
You’re probably familiar with job boards. These are platforms for employers to advertise open positions. They are a popular resource for job seekers. This makes sense. They’re relatively easy to use and cover jobs in many fields and locations. Some popular job boards include Glassdoor, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and you can find many more with a quick search.
Though you should not limit your search by solely using job boards, they are a great option, especially when paired with some of the other resources discussed in this article.
Here are some ways that you can make the most out of job boards:
· Search with keywords (this could mean searching by relevant skills, companies that interest you, or the type of work you’re seeking)
· Refine your search by location or remote options, depending on your preference
· Review their resources (many job boards have additional resources such as salary estimates, employee reviews, resume advice, etc.)
· Set up job match alerts
· Follow up directly (after applying through a board, you can set yourself apart by reaching out directly to the recruiter or hiring manager expressing your interest)
Many companies post job opportunities straight on their websites. This is a great way for you to look for jobs at companies you’re already interested in.
Additionally, if you hear about an opportunity that really captures your attention (through a job board, social media, or some other medium) going straight to their website, rather than applying through other platforms is an efficient and direct approach. It could also help you stand out, as there might be a smaller pool of applicants.
Company websites can also be a great way to learn more about a company. Being familiar with not only the role, but the company itself will be very helpful throughout the application process.
LinkedIn (and other social media)
LinkedIn is a widely used professional network. It is very useful but sometimes overlooked by job seekers. Many employers require you to send your LinkedIn profile along with your resume and cover letter. So, taking the time to update and optimize your LinkedIn profile will be incredibly valuable to your job search.
Here are some ways that you can make the most of the platform:
· Have a professional profile photo
· Have an engaging summary with proper keywords
· Include a complete list of skills, hard skills, and soft skills
· Proofread for errors in grammar and spelling
· Keep your work experience updated
· Include a full detail of your educational background
· List important achievements, certificates, and awards
In addition to polishing your LinkedIn profile, it’s a good idea to be mindful of your social media presence as a whole and clean up your other accounts, or update your privacy settings. Check out our past blog to learn more about managing your personal brand and why it’s important.
There are many advantages of partnering with a recruiter. Recruiters are experts in finding the best-fitting jobs for job seekers because they are so familiar with the client and what they are looking for.
They have intimate knowledge of the requirements needed for each position, with a deep understanding of the culture of the company and what personality types would work best, for both parties. They are matchmakers for your career.
You may find there are some skills and professional development you need before you can acquire your dream job, recruiters can help you develop a plan to achieve your goals.
Recruiters can help you figure out how to get you to the position that you may not be ready for right now. No, they will not recommend you for a position that you are not qualified for, but they can show you the path of how to get there.
In addition, they can help you with your resume, assist in securing interviews, and provide valuable feedback and insights at all steps that you would not normally be privy to on your own. All those times you didn’t hear a peep after an interview would be no longer.
Your recruiter should be able to share with you what went well and what didn’t from the client’s point of view. This is invaluable knowledge because it allows you to learn from each experience; knowledge you can take to the next interview and really wow them.
And even after you’ve been hired, recruiters will continue to check in with you to ensure that you have everything you need to be successful in your new role. Throughout your time with your recruitment firm, your recruiter remains an asset to you and your career path.
You've Got This
There are quite a few things to consider whilst on your job search. The most important thing is for you to know your own limits. Experiencing overwhelm and frustration will not help you in this endeavor.
Take breaks when you need to. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. This can be a long process, but if your goal is set, and you show your true self with all your unique qualities and stellar skills, you will be sure to land the job that is perfect for you.
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