Knowing what you want
How knowing your key words help your job hunt
Job hunting takes effort and persistence
Where to look online
We live in a social media drenched world so it is only natural that this extends to job hunting. Below are the tops places to look online.
1. Job websites
There are hundreds of these, try to pick ones which fit or specialise in your industry or profession. There are a number of general ones around so use your key words to really drill down to the type of jobs you want, do some testing to check if your key words bring back the results you want. Be consistent in your searching, having a look once every couple of weeks really won’t help you to get a job. Try setting up email alerts or check every few days for new job adverts being published.
The beauty of LinkedIn is that its profile format is set up just like a CV so it is easy to transfer information straight across. Make sure you are keeping your profile up to date, have a killer summary and use the key words from your preferred roles. If you are interested in making the most of your LinkedIn profile, I have further posts planned in the very near future on how to fill in your profile and how to get headhunted.
A rising star in the job hunting world. Recruiters, career job boards, professional bodies, all have twitter accounts and frequently post links to job adverts. Its’s also a great place to listen to the “big hitters” in your field and to make beneficial connections.
Although it isn’t perhaps the first place you think of for job hunting, according to research carried out in the USA earlier this year 66% of recruiters will use Facebook as a method of recruitment. When you think that Facebook has over 1.19 billion users each month, it would be crazy to ignore!
5. You Tube
Again not a social media outlet you might necessarily think of, but more and more companies are using this medium to post video job adverts. Not only does this offer a cost effective way of advertising but also creates an opportunity to connect with potential applicants and really demonstrate the culture of the brand and the required personal traits.
Whilst our online network is important it is a surprising fact that more people still find jobs through RL (real life) connections.
I know it’s ironic to immediately start offline job hunting with a topic entitled online! What I mean here is using the personal contacts you have in RL that you connect with online, e.g. Facebook. Now I’m not suggesting that you update Facebook with “I’m looking for a job” as your status but have a look through your connections/friends and see if anyone would be worth having a conversation with. Many companies offer a referral scheme to employees as a way to reduce recruitment costs so one of your friends might be very happy to put you forward.
2. Direct Contact
Although on the face of it sending a generic CV to lots of different companies doesn’t feel very likely to be successful it is still a valid option. If you were to take time to target the right companies for you, alter your CV to fit with them, find the right recipient and suddenly your odds of success improve. Remember what I said at the beginning of this piece, your best success rate comes from using a wide variety of these methods not just one or two.
3. Personal Contacts
These are real life people! Anyone you know, your family knows, your best friend knows, even the people you meet in the gym. Talk to people, if they do have connections that fit with your target areas, ask if you could send them your CV, just in case anything comes up. I have a client this has just happened to, a job which hasn’t even been advertised yet.