With unemployment at record highs, I often have clients asking me for job search tips. Here are some of my favorites:
1) Use Indeed.com – in my opinion, the best job search website out there, because it compiles results from all websites, including Monster and Careerbuilder, making it a one stop shop. You can post your resume and sign up for job alerts.
2) Of course, use Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com. Make sure to post your resume – headhunters and recruiters check these websites frequently for qualified candidates.
3) Create a profile on Linkedin.com and make your network as large as possible. Then, post frequent updates, and join groups in your industry. Linkedin also has job postings, but there’s no better way to network online, and network with people in your industry across the country. Make sure to post a professional picture and pay attention to your profile – your profile on Linkedin is basically an online resume, so make it shine!
4) Reach out to your network on Facebook, but make sure to clean up your Facebook page first. It won’t help to post profile updates that state you’re looking for a new job when there are inappropriate or unprofessional pictures of you on Facebook. This is important – don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that because your Facebook profile is set to private or “invisible”, people can’t see your pictures or posts. Nothing is private on Facebook, and even if you have a profile set to “invisible” (meaning no one other than your friends can find your profile or see your posts, even on other’s pages) your profile, pictures, comments and posts are easily visible. I’ve seen this happen in a number of family law cases, where a parent has lost custody of their children due to negative remarks about the other parent made on their “private” or “invisible” Facebook page that they thought noone could see. Can you imagine, then, how it would affect a job search? Don’t be naive.
5) Join local networking groups, which you can find on Meetup.com. There is still no substitute for networking and making contacts in person. In this digital age, it’s important to find a way to stand out from the thousands of resumes submitted online for each position.
6) Write articles about a subject of interest in your career field an submit the articles to trade or industry group publications, and publish the articles online for free – ezine.com is just one of the websites where you can do this.
7) Pound the pavement! Show up to events in your industry, and attend relevant conferences. If there is a particular company you want to work for, dress in a suit, go to its offices, and drop off your resume in person (I got a job with a law firm during law school by doing this exact thing. The firm had a posting for a job, had received hundreds of resumes, and chose to interview me because I took the initiative to walk in and drop my resume off in person). Do anything that shows you take initiative – an important trait in an employee. (Make sure to be nice to the front desk staff – believe me, employers always ask them whether you were polite or not.)
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