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Best Strategies For Finding A Job

Because we live in a technology era / digital culture / Google age (whatever you want to call it), our daily lives and routines have evolved in order to adapt to it, as well.

....And that includes looking for a job.

Although many of the "traditional" ways of looking for a job are still somewhat relevant (and wouldn't hurt to try if you are desperately looking for a job), there many effective ways of finding a job online, as well.

Today, I will show you both online and offline ways of finding a job.

Online Ways:

    • LinkedIn:
      • Profile Update:
        • Before you do anything, make sure your profile is up-to-date. This includes getting recommendations from previous employers, adding skills, asking to be endorsed for your skills, adding your resume, experience, background, involvement, contact info, etc.
      • Connections: 
        • Don't be afraid to connect with "big wigs" of companies you would like to work for. This could be anyone from the owner, CEO, HR, Manager, or anyone you think could help you get your foot in the door. 
          • If they accept your request, send them a PM thanking them for connecting with you. Don't be salesy or spammy, but you can simply ask if they know of anyone that you would be able to meet with and discuss a future career at their company. Don't say you are looking for a job, but make it sound like you are interested in working there in the future and would like to introduce yourself to the right person.
          • If you are waiting on a connection request to be accepted, look through their current connections. Do you know someone who is a "2nd connection" with this person? Ask if they can give you contact info or a warm introduction/referral.
        • Do you know anyone who is currently working there, or a former employee? Even if you don't know them on a friend level, it wouldn't hurt to reach out to ask if they know of any openings or know someone you could talk to. 
          • If it is a former employee, make sure they left on good terms. If they were fired or quit on bad terms, it could actually hurt your chances of getting your foot in the door.
      • Groups:
        • Get involved in LinkedIn groups. Join everything you are interested in (industry, type of job, community/city, etc), affiliations (alumni groups, organizations), and job board groups (local, statewide, or national).
        • Post in groups that you are looking to be hired for a specific position.
        • Look for job postings within each group related to the position or company you are wanting to work for. 
      • Jobs:
        • LinkedIn has a job board for people searching. 
      • Post an Update:
        • Post an update on your home feed that you are looking for a job. Be specific if you have any preferences. Ask your connections if they know if anyone hiring for such a position or at such company.
    • Facebook:
      • Post an Update:
        • Post a status on your timeline that you are looking for a job. Be specific if you have any preferences. Ask your friends if they know if anyone hiring for such a position or at such company.
      • Become a Fan:
        • Want to work for a specific company? Make sure you have "liked" them on Facebook. See if there is contact info on their page or send them a private message, if possible.
      • Groups:
        • Search for Facebook groups that relate to jobs or a good place to find referrals to join. You can search for groups about your city, community, interest, career path, college alumni, etc.
        • Already involved in groups? Post an update that you are looking for a job.
      • Interests:
        • There is also a section on the left hand column of your Home feed that says 'Interests.' You can search for jobs here, too.
      • Events:
        • Search for upcoming job fairs or any networking events. 
    • Twitter:
      • Search:
        • Do a search for jobs through the Twitter search bar. It doesn't have to be a hashtag, just type in "jobs in ___" or "____ jobs" to see what pops up.
      • Follow:
        • Follow the companies you want to work for. 
        • Follow any job board groups that relate to the area or type of job you are looking for.
      • Profile Update:
        • Change your profile description to say your brief skills or qualifications. Don't say you are unemployed or looking for a job. Just put your resume as your description in 1 sentence, or approximately 100-140 characters. 
    • Craigslist:
      • Post a job that you are looking for, and look for jobs.
    • Local newspapers (online version?)
    • Local chamber websites
    • Search "Jobs in ___" on Google
    • Look up your high school, college, or university for job listings posted from employers. Or call them to see if ask if they have any resources for job postings. 

Offline Ways:

    • Ask your friends and family if they happen to know anyone hiring for __ job, or know anyone currently working at ___ company. If they do, ask for contact information and a warm introduction. 
    • Phone calls are best for following up with your initial contact you made online. However, if the company does not have the option for contacting them online, then you can call asking to speak with the HR department or Manager. If you get ahold of them, tell them who you are and what your call is about. If you can't get ahold of them, ask the Front Desk Assistant (or whoever you are speaking to) if they happen to know of any job openings, as you are very interested in working there.
    • If you are unable to get ahold of anyone or haven't heard back from your resume submissions, try going to the physical office address. Wear professional clothing, bring your resume and portfolio just in case. When you arrive, let the Front Desk know that you tried contacting them / submitted your resume and ask if there would be any way that you could speak to or personally meet the HR, Manager, etc. that day.
    • You can also choose to just go to to the companies you want to work for and simply ask if they have any job openings, including your interest in working there. Again, dressed nice and prepared for an interview. It's like a resume-submission, but won't get lost in the pile of other applicants. 
    • Newspaper is definitely an older or traditional method of getting information and news in your area. However, it doesn't hurt to look. Many CEOS, owners, etc. may be of an older generation and think that posting in the classifieds of the newspaper is the best method of finding someone to hire. 
    • You can look up Job Fairs multiple ways, including online. Google it, search your college/school website or event calendar, search your community or city website, look in the newspaper, etc. 
    • Your school or college may have a career center that you can talk to someone about helping you find a job, getting prepared for a job, interview practice, resume tweaking, etc.
    • You can also Google search to see if there are any career centers in your location. First see if there are any non profit organizations who do this.
    • Other names for hiring agencies may be Temp Agencies, Job Agencies, Staffing Agencies, etc. Contact them and see if they would be willing to conduct an interview and hold on to your resume in case a job opening comes up that fits your experience. 
      • These agencies partner up with many different companies out there who don't want to deal with the hiring process details. Employers tell agencies when they are looking for a particular position, and the agency will look through their file of resumes to see if anyone fits the job description. If so, they will send the employer the resumes to look over and decide who they want to interview. If not, some agencies search online (social media, online classifieds, etc) for anyone interested in that position. 
    • Networking at local events, organizations, chambers, etc. will allow you to talk with people and find a referral. When they ask 'what you do,' don't say you are unemployed and looking for a job. Tell them a brief summary of your background and experience and that you are looking for a career in ___ or at ___ company. If they happen to know someone that they can refer to you (or even a position at the company they are at), then you've got yourself a warm introduction. 

Good luck in your search!


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