Friday, May 23, 2014

Job Hunting Via Online Recruiting

You’ve been looking for a job but you haven’t found anything yet and your attention span is starting to slip. Things are not as easy as they used to be. Five to ten years ago, there were only a handful of websites that focused on job searches. There were headhunters knocking down candidate’s doors and the interview process was usually relatively quick. But times have changed.

Now there is considerable legwork required to fins a new job. Gone are the days when you could call a headhunter and have them do the searching for you. Now the onus is on you. So, how do you stay focused on your job search to find a new job? Here are some tips and tricks:

Research With so many online recruiting websites out there claiming to have the newest jobs posted and the most relevant data to help you decide on a position, it can be difficult to determine which site is reputable. Figuring it all out requires research and patience. Here are some important things to consider when selecting a job search website:

Diversify You don’t have to choose just one website for your job search. Try several. In this way, your resume is available to a wider range of businesses.
Know Your Source
There are traditional job board sites where companies list jobs directly, job sites that pull available jobs from multiple job boards, and niche boards that focus on specific positions or skill sets. Educate yourself so you know what to expect from the results. In a word: research!
Schedule Conducting a job search is very much like working. You must be diligent and proactive to find success. It is important that you practice effective time management as you conduct your searches.
  • Allocate time to create and tweak your resume – Your resume is the first thing that employers see. Putting your best foot forward is imperative.
  • Create multiple cover letter templates – It’s important to customize your resume for your audience, however, having a template that is ready to be modified is an excellent way to save time.
  • Conduct thorough searches – Select keywords and tasks that relate to your job experience.
  • Know what is required – Be sure you understand what the employer wants from job candidates
  • Set up alerts to let you know when jobs that match your skill set are available.
  • Network with people on social media sites geared toward business interests like LinkedIn. They may have opportunities available that are not on the job boards.
All of these things take time to do, but with proper planning they can be accomplished in a matter of hours each day.

Change Your Scenery If sitting in front of the computer and looking for jobs is starting to frustrate you, print copies of your resume and walk them in to businesses. Network with people that are in your industry in person as opposed to online.

Allow Yourself Some Downtime Sitting in front of the computer all day will tire anyone out. Let yourself get up and stretch, take a short walk, or grab something to eat.   Read an unrelated article for a change of pace. Once you feel rejuvenated, get back to it!

Looking for a job is tough. It is time consuming and can be daunting but with perseverance, you can get through. Contact us to learn about your next steps!

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