If you are looking for a job in today’s digital world, you already know that there are hundreds of places to search and apply for jobs. It’s easier than ever to do both from anywhere and on any device.
If you know what type of role you are looking for, here are seven ways to approach your search.
1. Online Job Boards
Some of the more popular job boards include LinkedIn, Indeed, Dice, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and CareerBuilder. These sites feature hundreds of opportunities. Many of them allow you to filter your search, post your resume, and set up notifications for jobs that meet your criteria. You will also find that most of these sites have company descriptions and reviews that you might want to glance at before you apply.
2. Company Website
If there is a particular company or type of business you’ve dreamed of working for, go directly to their website and look for an employment or jobs page that lists their current openings. Often, you can apply directly from there. The company’s site is also a great way to learn more about them and get a better sense of what they do and how they do it.
3. Recruiting and Staffing Companies
Reach out to companies, like TM Floyd & Company, that make helping people find a job their business. You can either call the company and ask to speak to a recruiter or you can browse their employment page for opportunities and apply directly from there. Talking to a recruiter can be very helpful to not only learn about current job openings but also what openings there might be in the future. Your recruiter can keep you in mind for those opportunities.
4. Social Media
If you are a regular user of social media—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.—you know that job postings can be found on those platforms as well. Many companies will blast their jobs on their social media pages along with the job boards to get noticed. You may also want to post on your social media that you’re looking and what you’re looking for—someone in your social network may reach out to you about an opportunity.
Networking can include both online communities that you are a part of or local meetup and networking groups for professional organizations. Connecting with other professionals can help you not only make connections but also to gain advice from others in your field. Don’t forget to connect with your friends and family—they may know of an opening or have a connection to someone at a company you’re interested in and can put you in touch with them.
6. College Career Center
New college graduates may want to check in with their campus career center. The center may have a list of job openings for recent graduates or there may be college alumni looking for someone specifically from their alma mater to fill a role. The career center can also provide tools for your job search, including resume and interview tips.
7. In Person
Many entry-level jobs in customer service, retail, or food service often advertise they are hiring and many have interviews on the spot for candidates who walk in. Don’t be shy about asking for an application or asking questions about what the job entails. You may even be hired on the spot.
Looking for a job can feel like a job in itself. Be prepared by having:
- Your resume ready to go and tailored to the job you’re applying to.
- Your LinkedIn profile up to date to include relevant skills, certifications, and experience.
- Your interviewing skills ready to put into practice.
Finally, as you are in the midst of your job search, here’s one more important tip: be sure to stay organized and keep track of the companies and roles you have applied to so you don’t keep applying to the same job. This can also help you plan when to follow up on an application by helping you keep track of when you called and who you talked to.
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