In today’s world, with all the available technologies and social networks available, there are so many different ways to look for work. If you are just out of college, currently employed, or currently unemployed, you may want to explore all the different avenues to maximize your chances of finding employment.
When I hunt for jobs, I exhaust every avenue possible. I scour the internet hoping to find every single job posting that may be a good fit for me. It definitely takes a lot of time and effort. However, once you start landing those interviews, it is all worth it.
Here are some of these avenues (in no particular order).
Job posting sites
There are a plethora of online job search websites such as Indeed and Monster. These websites allow employers to submit job postings along with some relevant information for people to search.
Not only does Linkedin have their own job posting database, sometimes you’ll have recruiters reach out directly to you for interviews depending on your resume. I recommend making your Linkedin profile stand out while keeping it up to date.
3rd Party Recruiters
There are 3rd party recruiters that make a living off of setting employees up with employers. Every major city will have recruiters that specialize in that geographic region. You may want to do a Google search for these recruiters and check out the postings they may have. You can even reach out to a recruiter directly to see if they know of any roles that may be a good fit for you.
Networking is an extremely powerful tool and practice. Go to professional and community events as often as possible. You never know who someone may know. A direct referral is much more likely to land you an interview than applying online.
You may not expect it, but there are a ton of professional job postings on Craigslist. Craigslist was actually how I landed my first consulting job. However, make sure the posting is legitimate. Do your due diligence by checking out the company website.
Sometimes it may be worth considering working for free to gain experience and develop a positive reputation within a company. That internship can lead to a full-time position if you are able to prove your value.
Various industries have their own professional associations. For example, finance has the CFA Institute and human resources has the National Human Resources Association. These associations generally have job postings, networking events, and professional certifications. They are a good place to find jobs within a certain industry.
I’ve noticed that a lot of companies only post jobs on their own company site. Therefore, if there is a company in your area, you might want to check out the company’s career website. Look through the career websites of large companies since they tend to have satellite offices located throughout major cities. Look through your local newspaper to figure out who the major employers are.
Recruiters at Companies
Try to get in touch with recruiters at companies, whether through Linkedin or in-person networking. Sometimes on Linkedin, the job posting will advertise the recruiter. You may be able to contact this person directly to see if there is a good fit within the company for you.
Show up at the front door
Sometimes smaller companies don’t have the resources or reach to advertise their positions widely. If there’s a small, local company that you’re interested in, you may want to stop at the front door and drop off a resume and cover letter the old-fashioned way.
Regardless of what approach you take, always hold your head high and treat others with respect and courtesy. Once you land that interview, be sure to check out my tips on how to do your best. Or, if you are having trouble landing the interview, perhaps you need to beef up your resume? Do you have any other places where you hunt for jobs?
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