Finding a new job can be quite the task and you may find yourself searching for months before you find the right position for you. Large companies tend to be looking for new hires only certain times during the year. Other available positions could take several months to be available so timing is everything. Here are a few tips to accelerate your job search
Update your resume
You must always keep yourself in “job search” ready mode. What this means is that you should keep your resume update to date so as and when a new job opportunity arises, you are ready with that information.
Update your Social Networking Profile
Keep your social networking profiles clear of any objectionable pictures, status updates, etc. that could paint a unsightly picture of you. Companies have been known to search for potential candidate’s Facebook, Twitter, etc. and even if you have the highest private settings, nothing can ever be truly out of reach on the internet.
It is encouraged to also create a professional social network via Linkedin. Keep up to date with your professional contacts, join and actively participate in a few groups. It is common for people to receive invitations to interview for various positions via Linkedin and you may find yourself with a good opportunity to expand your career.
Speak to your Boss for a Role Change
There are many different sources for looking for a new position. Perhaps you plan to stay with the company you are with and simply want a different role. In this case, you should speak to your boss about your intentions so you have an advocate in your search. Your boss may have connections with that part of the organization or may be able to give you the opportunity to work in that role for a temporary basis.
If you don’t plan to stay with your current organization, it is best to keep quiet about your intentions. The oldest place to look for a position is going to be the classified ads in your local newspaper. The Sunday newspaper typically lists the most available positions. Usually the companies that are advertising are smaller organizations who are not looking for applicants outside the area.
Job Search Engines
The internet is another avenue to look for a new job. There are many job search engines to choose from including Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed etc. In addition, there are search engines that are specific to industries such as healthcare and telecom. If you are in a particular industry, the specified search engine is a good choice because the positions that are listed will be more relevant to your skills. Pick at least two search engines to use when you are looking for a job. Most search engines also allow you to set up the ability to be notified when new positions matching your criteria is available.
As mentioned before, Linkedin has quickly become a viable source for searching for a position. They are also a job search engine that is growing in the number of listings available. Recruiters and headhunters are relying more and more on finding applicants via Linkedin. It gives you the opportunity to reach out to a recruiter for a position and extend your interest in the position. If you follow companies or are part of certain groups, job positions will be on listed on a regular basis.
Apply Directly in Company Website
If you are interested in certain companies, you can search and apply directly through their company website. More and more of these companies are also allowing you to create job alerts when new positions are posted. In most cases, in order to apply for a position on a job search engine, you must apply on their company website anyway. Creating a profile will save you time when you are ready to apply for a position since it saves your resume, candidate profile, and other information.
Job fairs are another great opportunity to find a new position. Potential employers are available to speak to about various opportunities in their organization. Treat this situation like you would going to an actual interview. This means you must dress professionally and have copies of your resume available to hand out to potential employers.
Networking is also another way to search for a job. If you are a member of a Chamber of Commerce or other professional club, take the time to go to events. You can also look for networking events in the newspaper or your community events page. The people who go to these events are all looking to meet other professionals so you shouldn’t feel intimated.
Headhunters are another avenue for find a job. In certain industries such as Pharmaceutical Sales, this may be the best way to find a position. Not every industry will be a good match for using a headhunter. There are many companies out there, so you will need to do adequate research on each headhunter before you pick one to use.
Looking for a job in the 21st century is a different experience from what it was twenty years ago. Some of the old ways like networking, headhunters, and newspaper ads are still effective ways to find a job. However, if these mediums should not be your only resources. Social media and the internet must be used in today’s job market to assist you in your job search. With a solid mix of the old and the new way to look for a job, you are bound to be successful.
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