Whether you are stepping up to the threshold of the professional realm or seeking enhanced opportunities, a job hunt could prove daunting. To augment your chances of being discovered by headhunters or simply keeping ears to the ground for some incredible new opportunity to crop up, certain tools are indispensable. A proactive and effective job search involves the following tools:
Networking opens doors and is a major force amongst professionals. LinkedIn is the go to place when researching a new company or making new connections. Join the networks that are most relevant to you, develop a strong profile that highlights your skills and experiences, and include a professional photo. Regularly monitor your profiles and respond promptly when someone reaches out to you.
Make sure your career portfolio is state-of-the-art. This includes your resume, contact information, online career profile and talking points. Doing so will increase your chances of connecting with the right people and the right opportunities. Don’t be afraid to reach out to circles of friends, colleagues, social networks, and professional organizations alike. Remember to follow up on leads and should any opportunity seems promising, you should be at the receiving end of it.
2) Job Boards
With a plethora of job and career related sites online, it becomes ever easier to keep abreast of openings and career development opportunities. Make a plausible resume on job boards and keep your eyes open for any pertinent opening. Your profile should always be up-to-date, and should highlight your skills and talents. Include a well-written summary that describes your experience, interests, and career goals.
Facebook is a site that potential employers will most likely visit before inviting you for an interview. As mentioned earlier, keep your Facebook page, including pictures, professional. Facebook is also a great source of information for jobseekers. You can “like” companies you are interested in, follow their posts, and even inquire about open positions that meet your skill set.
Network within your local personal and business circle and use personal and professional contacts to become aware of opportunities beforehand. The word of mouth approach is an old trick in the books, based on “who you know and how well”. Jump-start conversations and engage colleagues. You never know who could be your golden ticket to a coveted break.
Recruiters are one of the biggest resources you could mobilize. Their job is to connect with employers seeking employees and therefore have a vast listing of positions you can review. Aside from their inventory of jobs, they can proactively search for your ideal position for you – and typically are notified about positions not yet advertised.