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7 best ways to search for a job

With the rise of technology, it’s easy to think that applying online is the only way to approach your job search. Well-trusted job boards have their place, but it’s important to remember there are other avenues you can explore. If you’re not sure where to start, read on for seven best places to search for a job.

Job boards

In case you haven’t already, you can use trusted job boards as part of your job search. They list vacancies on behalf of staffing agencies and direct employers, allowing you to upload your resume and apply for thousands of vacancies across a vast range of industries. An added benefit is that potential employers can find your resume and let you know if they think you’d be a good fit for one of their vacancies.

Friends and business contacts

Before spending hours trawling the web, it’s worth consulting your friends and business contacts to ask for job opportunities. If you know somebody who works in an industry or for a company you like, ask them if there are any vacancies. Not only will their referral add weight to your application, you might also win some friend points — some businesses offer referral bonuses to their employees. Win-win!

If you need to beef up your professional network, consider joining a voluntary organisation such as Rotary or Lions. Although their purpose is to serve the local community, they’re a great way to meet people and develop relationships. You never know who you’ll get acquainted with; it could be somebody who works in the industry you want to enter, or for a company you’re interested in. Make friends, and you can refer each other when opportunities come along.

Contact companies directly

If you have a particular company in mind, it can be more effective to contact them directly rather than through a job board or staffing agency. Don’t limit your search to the company’s website; you could just as easily spot a position on their social media profiles. Even if there aren’t any vacancies, you can express your interest by sending your resume along with a cold-contact cover letter. Do it right, and they’ll remember you the next time they’re hiring.

Business networking sites

You’ve probably heard of LinkedIn, and if you don’t have a profile, consider creating one. Once you’re armed with a professional profile, recruiters will be able to find you and let you know if they have a position you might like to fill. You’ll also be able to browse vacancies that have been posted; LinkedIn will automatically suggest jobs based on your profile information, and you can of course search by keyword, title, and location. See a position you like, and you can either apply via LinkedIn or through the business’ own website.

Job and career fairs

With today’s technology, it’s no surprise that career fairs aren’t as popular as they used to be. Nevertheless, they can still be a gold mine to the discerning job seeker. Attend one, and perhaps you’ll find some interesting companies you’ve never heard of. It’s also a great time to get feedback on your resume, practice your interviewing and networking technique, and enjoy a host of other benefits.

That said, one of the best and most underrated reasons to go to a career fair is to network with other candidates. Exercise caution — these are your competitors, after all — but getting to know other candidates can help you to find out who’s hiring and get recommendations for vacancies you might like. In addition, you can make a note of which candidates are most successful and try to emulate their approach.

Industry publications

Do you know what industry you’d like to work in? If so, your best bet might be to check out industry publications — both physical copies and online — because they often advertise vacancies in their industry. If you haven’t worked in the industry before and don’t know what the publications are, try searching online for “[industry] magazine”, “[industry] publication”, or “[industry] journal” — something along those lines.

Staffing agencies

Staffing agencies work on behalf of employers to help them find people who can fill their vacancies. If you choose to search for a job through one, it’s best to sign up with three to four specialists. You might find a job through a general staffing agency, but you’re likely to enjoy a more effective job search through a staffing agency that specialises in your area of interest. Once you register, you might be invited for an interview to discuss your career aspirations and what you can offer as a candidate. This way, the recruiters will be able to recommend jobs that are most in line with your interests.

Source: CV Library – Kieran Barker – January 18th 2017

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