In our last two job searcher articles, we discussed how to create a resume and craft a cover letter that will get you noticed. Now it is time to hit the job market and land your dream job. The first thing to get into your mind is this. You current job is to find a new job. You need to take the time to understand the positions that you are applying for, do research on the companies and be diligent in keeping records so that you know who to follow up with and when. Remember when applying for positions, customize your cover letter to the job and review the resume you have completed to see if there is anything missing that would help you in landing this position. If you treat this like a job and put in the effort that it deserves, you will see success. Here are three of the top job search methods that are currently in use.
- News Papers – Although this is not as popular as it once was, newspaper job advertising is still being utilized for many positions. There used to be a whole section in the newspaper that was 20 pages or more, but that is not the case today. Most of the current newspapers have smaller job postings sections during the week and a bigger section on weekends. Generally speaking, companies have chosen to move their job postings to the internet, so I would only suggest using this method combined with some of the others listed below.
- Internet Searches – There are hundreds of internet sites to search through and find employment. Working.com, Monster, Workopolis are all very familiar to most job searchers. There are others that are not quite as popular such as Kijiji, Indeed.ca, Simply Hired and the Canada Job Bank, but these sites still have much to offer. All these sites will allow you to have instant access to positions posted in your desired occupation and location. They are easy to use and free to the job searcher. For added benefits, you can post your resume on some of these sites to allow employers to find you. This has become the most popular way for job searchers to find open positions.
- Social Media – A newer trend for job searching is using social media sites. It is important to keep in mind thought that this new job searching medium is a bit of a double edged sword. Although it can allow you to find many jobs that you might not be otherwise able to find, the content on your social profiles may also hurt your job search efforts. Employers are increasingly using this type of information to research you before calling. My general rule of thumb when posting updates to my pages is “If I would not like my mother or grandmother to see it, do not post it”. If you do have questionable content in your profiles, make sure that your settings will only allow your friends to see it. Social media recruiting is becoming more and more popular. The jobs come to you! Based on the information you have in your profile, jobs that are advertised will pop up on your profile page. That is not to say that you shouldn’t still search the sites for postings as well. LinkedIn is the key player in this industry and a preferred method for employers. It is just like having an electronic resume. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, I would suggest that you create one as part of your job search and networking efforts.
It can be a daunting task to find work. Make sure that you utilize all job search tools available to you and that you maintain a professional profile on any methods chosen. In two weeks, we will discuss how utilizing an employment agency can help boost your job search efforts.
Do you have any favorite job posting resources that you used in your last job search?