Anyone that has ever had to go on a job hunt knows that it can be a daunting task, but with the advent of the digital age and being able to go online to look for jobs, the task is easier than ever. Here are a few job search resources that every active job seeker should have in their toolbox when on the hunt.
Key Job Search Resources to Explore
Social Media is Your Friend
One of the greatest ways to find that job you’re looking for is to use social media. You’ll be able to join different active communities within a diverse set of industries. Members in these social media communities may be on the lookout for new jobs themselves, are recruiters, HR leaders, or just friendly people who may know of an opening or two. Social groups are often updated on a daily basis, so make your voice heard and engage regularly.
Online Job Boards
This is another great resource that you can use, and possibly a more obvious one. Rather than waiting for companies to post jobs that you may be qualified for, you can instead post on these boards and let the companies come to you. Especially with the current strong US economy, its a job seeker’s market and companies are scrambling to find top talent.
Google is the first thing you can check to filter by skills, company, region, or specific job titles. A simple search can open the doors to a whole new host of employer sites, job postings, and job search engines. You may also find some great interview tips for the specific role you hope to fill and current industry trends. Look out for forums and ratings on websites like Glassdoor, because former employees may reveal some hidden information about company culture and work quality that other sites don’t have.
Staffing firms are an excellent resource for job seekers, because it’s often employers that front the fees when using recruiters. Staffing firms are always on the lookout for great talent to match with employers, so your resume and candidacy will be much appreciated. Once a great candidate is matched with an open position, the employer typically takes the candidate through the interview process, and if hired they will be the ones to compensate the staffing firm.
Networking requires candidates to put their best foot forward and seek out professional environments to mingle with individuals in similar industries. Networking events don’t necessarily have to be focused on job opportunities either. Connecting with key decision makers or employees at target companies can open the doors to opportunities and get you closer to HR due to the human touch and referrals.
- Your local Chamber of Commerce
- Cheap online printing services for business cards, envelopes, and notecards
This may seem like a strange resource for job seekers, but it is by far one of the most useful resources. If you are feeling stuck or unsure about what your next career step should be, these tests can provide insight. Along with your personality type, this test can inform you of how your personality should affect your decisions, communication style, manage stress, and focus on your career plan.
While prepping for your interview, don’t forget about the physical items you should bring along as well. We recommend bringing extra copies of your resume and high-quality business cards! Bringing copies of the most updated version of your resume is critical so that your interviewer has something to reference, or to give to extra interviewers if they show up. Additionally, fastening a branded business card to the top of your resume gives a few extra-credit points. Bonus if they match!
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