Job hunting can be stressful and tiring. The internet abounds with job boards that have tons of jobs listed. It can be a daunting task to visit each site and search for available jobs in your chosen category or field of experience. Knowing how to effectively search for a job will take half of the task of job hunting off your to-do list. Here are some tips.
- Instead of trying to get into a top and highly-viable company where will vie against more applicants, try to look for similar companies with lower applicant volume which can give more opportunity and leverage to get hired.
- Sign up for an account with a reputable job search portal where you can get instant notification when jobs in your category and line of expertise become available. You can directly reply to these job ads through the job board.
- Subscribe to RSS feeds from some reputable job boards to filter your notices and get an overview f what is available without going to each website.
- Make use of social networking sites like LinkedIn that will put you directly in touch with hiring managers and job posters.
- Customize your cover letter and resumes to the job you want to pursue. Do not use a single resume format to send to prospective employers. Your aim is to attract the notice of hiring managers and sending a unique and tailor-fitted format is one make for them to take notice and read your application and resume. Remember that these hiring managers receive hundreds of applications a day and you do not want to be included in the ordinary general file.
- Increase your networking skills. Augment your online job search with some personal one. Get in touch with people you know who can refer you to some companies and businesses in need of your talent. This is a faster way of securing a job. Make sure that you learn everything you can about the company before sending your application and requesting for an interview.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses. You know yourself better. Be honest with your capabilities and low points and strive to keep them in a balance. Look for companies that require most of the skills that you have learned from your previous jobs and where you can learn new skills. Highlight the skills that you know the target company needs.
- Be active in the community of your chosen field. Look for online groups, forums and websites that relate to your own field of expertise and contribute in anyway you can to the development of your chosen industry. This will give you a chance to network within your own field of interest.
- Define exactly what you kind of job you want and concentrate your search along that line. This will minimize the effort you will exert in looking at all available jobs in the hope of finding the right one.
- Do not confine your job search on just one source. The internet gives you plenty of information but do not forget to use traditional methods of looking for a job like asking your friends and colleagues for referrals or perusing the classified ads. There are companies that still follow the traditional method of advertising and hiring and you may find that you have lesser competition by using this channel since most people turn to the internet for information.
Be informed and keep abreast of the news and follow the news on those companies that interest you. Read the newspapers and visit their websites for news and announcements. Some of these company websites have a page for available jobs within their company. Keep track of your submissions and make follow up calls when there is no response from them after two weeks.