Updated 10/2/12 – In the last 2 weeks I have had a lot of questions on resumes and job searches. I decided it was time to bring this post back. I have made a few updates and hope this is helpful information. Feel free to add your comments and ideas so we can all help each other.
With all the people out looking for jobs right now, are you doing all you can to maximize your job search? Who wants to spend 40 hours a week looking for work? There are a few things you could be doing, right now, to maximize your search and get your resume in before other candidates.
Keep in mind that while 5 different HR professionals would give you 5 different lists, these are just meant to be helpful and things that I see and hear from people about how they found us. You have to pick the tips that will best work for you.
1. Use twitter – There are a lot of different hashtags (#) to follow that will help you see job openings. Some of the ones I am familiar with are #hfchat, #job, #jobs, (#insert cityjobs) (Ie: #kcjobs, #dcjobs) or #jobangels, #jobhuntchat. #hfchat is a great Friday chat for job seekers and HR professionals. You can get tips, have questions answered and even help other job seekers. You can learn more about Hire Friday here: http://hirefriday.com/blog/
2. Research companies you are interested in on all social media platforms. A lot of times, good companies have career pages or even direct contact with current employees available through certain mediums.
3. Build a complete profile on LinkedIn. A lot of times you can connect and communicate with people at companies you are interested in.
4. You have heard me say it 100 times and I will say it again. Network, network, network. Networking can connect you with people who know people who maybe know people at a company you want to work for. Join job clubs, talk to strangers while waiting in line, ask a neighbor, talk to people at church or ask friends and family. You never know who might know someone you need to know…(Yes I could have slipped the word “know” in there a few more times.)
5. Use Careerbuilder. In a survey among HR people, most are posting on Careerbuilder. Also most companies post jobs on Mondays. This means you should spend your Monday searching the new ads. I suggest doing these searches on your breaks and at home. Not many companies want you job searching on their time.
Keep in mind that finding the perfect job is always about timing. It has to be the right job at the right company at the right time for you. Don’t be discouraged if a company turns you down. Although rejection is painful, keep in mind that a business has to make the best business decision for them at that specific time. We always encourage people to apply again. I worked with one candidate for over 2 years before we finally found a fit. That was 6 years ago and the person is still here!
Happy job hunting! If you are really lucky, you can be this guy!!