We all reach a point in our lives where we must find a job. Whether you’re looking for your first job, trying to find a new job due to being laid off, looking for a new company to join or changing your career entirely, we all must begin job-hunting at some point in time.
Sometimes, the thought of job-hunting can be overwhelming. Where do you even begin? Who do you contact? What companies are hiring?
It’s time to take a deep, calming breath though because these key tactics and pieces of job-hunting advice can help you kickstart your job search.
Use Social Media to Your Advantage
When you think of social media, do you think of a place where you share personal thoughts, ideas, events and images with friends and family? While this is one use of social media, it’s time to change your perspective. You CAN use social media to help you professionally with your job search.
Facebook allows any company, business or organization with a Facebook page to post jobs and users can apply to them. On the flip side, there also is a jobs option in the menu bar on the standard Facebook user’s news feed/profile. When you click on the jobs option, you can search through job listings based on job titles or keywords.
It’s a good idea to look through the jobs posted on Facebook to get an idea about what jobs could be out there. If you find a job you’re interested in though, make sure you apply after you’ve made your Facebook profile presentable for potential employers to look at and read.
Instagram can be a good tool to use to help you build and establish a unique brand of your own. You may not become an “influencer,” but by honing your content creation skills on the app and building your own type of unique voice, you may be able to land a social media job for certain types of companies.
Twitter can also help you in the professional realm. You can show off your expertise on a topic by providing your opinions, unique perspectives and even research. You can follow important decision makers and influencers in the industry you want to become involved in and they could even follow you back. This can help you build your professional reputation. It’s also a good idea to link a blog, portfolio or personal website to your account so potential employers can learn more about your skills and work.
Posting professional videos on YouTube can also help you pick up a new job. You can show off your verbal communications skills and your personality by talking about your areas of expertise in engaging videos. You can also subtly show off your video editing and production skills. YouTube clips can be a major portfolio booster, so if you can take advantage of creating content there, do so.
Start Searching on Job Search Engine Websites
Job search engine websites can be great tools to connecting you to jobs that interest you. Places like Higher Income Jobs, Indeed, Nexxt and ZipRecruiter can help you find national and local companies that are hiring for all types of jobs.
With all four of these websites, you’re able to create an applicant profile and search for jobs based on job titles, keywords and your location. You can then apply to these jobs via the job search engine itself or follow a link to the company’s website and apply for the job there.
LinkedIn: The In-Between
A website that acts as a type of social media platform and a job search engine is LinkedIn. LinkedIn acts like a social media platform in the sense that you create your profile and create an online network of people you know from real life places like school or previous jobs. You can also connect with other professionals in your industry that you don’t know at all. Curating a professional, albeit online, relationship with these types of people can help you land a new job.
LinkedIn also acts as a job search engine because many employers post jobs on LinkedIn. You can apply for these jobs with your LinkedIn profile, or you can follow a link to the company’s website and apply there. Some companies only post jobs on LinkedIn, so having a LinkedIn profile can help you get an “in” with your dream company.
There are over 660 million LinkedIn users, so the online network is extensive. LinkedIn is also a great place to incorporate work samples and show off recommendations from current or former professors, bosses, co-workers, mentors and more.
Real Life Networking Can Be Clutch
While online social media or networking websites are helpful when it comes to making connections you may never have been able to make in-person, you can never take for granted the real-life connections you make.
Let’s face it, sometimes, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know when it comes to finding a new job. You may not be an expect in a specific field, but someone you know who is in a hiring position for a company may want to give you a shot at their trade just because they know the type of person you are and the type of work ethic you bring to the table.
That being said, it’s very important to try to maintain and foster the real-life professional relationships you make with people because you never know when or if your paths will cross again.
Advantages to Using Job Agencies
Job agencies sound intimidating on the outside, but they’re very helpful resources on a job-hunt. In fact, the staff at a job agency seemingly takes the work out of job-hunting for you.
You simply supply your agent with your resume and/or portfolio and they’ll already have a list of employers who are looking to hire a person like you. You’ll then be contacted by the agent again if any additional materials are needed for any of the positions. This creates less stress on your behalf.
Thanks to the job agency’s application process, you can also be hired more quickly than with traditional application processes. Applications are given to companies who are looking to fill positions with specific skill sets or qualifications. So, if your resume is a match, your application will get priority attention over someone randomly applying who may not match the qualifications. This can speed up the process of getting hired.
Agents also talk to a lot of people, whether those people are employers or job applicants. Collecting all types of information from these people can help clue the agents in on specific skills employers are looking for, market trends, hiring highs, hiring lows and so much more. As the job applicant, the agent may be able to clue you in on things you can do to improve your resume or portfolio based upon these nuggets of information.
Another bonus of job-hunting with an agent at a job agency is, even after you’ve found a job, the agent can contact you whenever they feel they find a job that could be the perfect fit for you. Professionally, it’s always a good idea to want to look for something more or continue to improve your career in different ways. Having a job agency contact you about potential opportunities could help your career take off in many ways.
Look at Good, Ol’-Fashioned Help Wanted Ads
Sometimes in your job hunt, you have to throw it back to the “old days” of looking through good, ol’-fashioned help wanted ads.
Nowadays, many help wanted ads are online. A quick online search will reveal many types of online help wanted websites, but you should take what you see with a grain of salt. Some help wanted ad websites aren’t as legitimate as the online job search engines previously mentioned.
The best places to find and search through help wanted ads are the classified sections of newspapers and community bulletin boards. If you can’t find a physical copy of a newspaper, most newspapers have a copy of the classified section somewhere on their website. Community bulletin boards can be found at local places such as libraries, community centers, city halls, grocery stores, churches or other local gathering places.
There’s also a chance direct mail campaigns could include help wanted ads on them somewhere. Make sure you pay attention to the direct mail ads in your mailbox.
Job-hunting isn’t the most glamourous or fun thing in the world to do, but with these key tactics and advice, your job hunt may become a little easier.
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