Employers are leaving the world of print media behind by posting their jobs exclusively online. They are advertising on message boards, through social networks and on huge job posting sites. Businesses also advertise on their own websites where applicants from all over the world can vie for the best positions. Here are some tips to help you find that perfect new job.
- Find the site – There are numerous sites available to find your next position. You can go to Monster.com, Indeed, SnagAJob or CareerBuilder. Each site lists thousands of opportunities, from entry level to executive. Within each site there are search engines to help you narrow the possibilities.
- Maintain a professional resume – With so many applicants to the positions, you need your resume to pop. Avoid the overused, boring words like ‘responsible for’ and ‘handled,’ and talk about how much money you saved your employer. Your resume is the first introduction that a hiring manager receives, make it count.
- Be adaptable – Employers are looking for skills, rather than job titles, so each employer has a different job title. Look for synonyms in your search, a sales position may be listed as ‘account manager’ or ‘executive sales professional.’ Conversely, a ‘production manager’ at one company may not include your skill set.
- Tailor your cover letter – Perform research before you send your application. Find out what the position entails by looking at the keywords that the employer has used. Tailor your cover letter and resume to those hot buttons. If the company stresses attendance, mention how you received the perfect attendance award at your previous employer.
- Use LinkedIn in your search – LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals. Connect with your former colleagues and friends. You can look for jobs within your field and ask for introductions to the hiring managers through your connections. A former colleague may be looking for someone within your field.
- Go to company websites – Many companies have a jobs and employment section on their website. They will list their specific positions available as well as their requirements. This option lets you apply for the position as well as do your research.
- Track your applications – Make a list of the positions for which you have applied. List all of the available information, including the name of the company, name of the hiring professional and a small snippet of information about the services that company offers. When you receive the callback, you want to have that information on hand.
- Forums – Read industry specific forums. There are often boards for employment opportunities. By reading previous posts, you can also gain some insight into your future employer’s needs. Interact with the others on the forums, as they might offer leads or have need for your services.
- Give them a call – Follow up on your position by calling the employer. Make sure that they received your resume and offer your assistance with any possible questions. You are telling the employer that you are serious about the position and it offers an opportunity to grow from the job search process.
- Follow your gut instincts – If you receive an unsolicited offer, chances are the originator of the email is fishing for information. There may be something about the company which does not seem right. If you feel uncomfortable, do not take the job.
The perfect job is out there. You need to be persistent in your efforts, knocking on virtual doors and following up on your applications. Be professional and available to your potential employers. That perfect opportunity will soon be yours!