So you’ve created this awesome resume and this descriptive cover letter and you are ready to start your job search. The job search can be just as stressful, and time consuming as determining if you are ready for a new position/job, you are expected to have so many emotions during this process. You have to take into consideration your skills, values, interests, salary requirements, benefits, location, advancement, responsibilities and corporate culture – a lot but all important things to consider.
Continue reading to find out some tips on where to start your job search at.
The first thing a person thinks of when they start the job search is going on a job boards, such as Indeed and Simplyhired, to start applying for positions. Job boards submit your application and information to an application tracking system (ATS) and scans for key words on your resume.
The next option that many people resort to are reaching out to agencies to assist in the job search. I’ve found agencies to be both good and bad. The good they are excellent resources for leads, because some companies are more inclined to have them do the hard work (search and review resumes before sending to the client). I’ve also found them to be a great asset to help keep you organized and focus. The bad side is that they have so many resumes and interviews that they may not remember you and loose you in translation. You want to investigate and determine what and if they can do anything for you.
The center of job searching is networking. Decision makers will interview people that come recommended or from personal referral before they start sorting through the mountain of resumes that they have coming in. Join professional organizations, sign up for job search newsletters, contact former professors, former coworkers, classmates and participation in discussion boards are great ways to put in front of decision makers, make sure that you are keeping it professional.
If you aren’t that comfortable with networking then dive into social media, LinkedIn is your friend when it comes to social media and the job search. LinkedIn has gone from being a good idea to being essential in the job search of many professionals. If you have one, make sure that you are updating it regularly and interacting with former co-workers, friends, professors – whomever to get them to look at your profile to consider you for a position they may have or one that they may be thinking about and you fit the skill set of what they are looking for.
An extra tip is to make sure that you keep records of where and what you’ve applied to. Detailed records of all the jobs you have applied for and the communication (interviews, referrals, follow up actions, etc.) allows you to not apply to the same position twice.
If you are serious, you will commit a few hours each week to the job hunting. Throughout this process please keep in mind that everyone has been in your position before at some point. Try to keep a positive attitude throughout it all and think of the positive thing that will come out of it … a new job that you’ve worked hard for.