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Jul 28

Job Hunting: The Search

So, is that time in which you need to find a job? Either your just coming out from college or just looking for something from your previous job. What do you do? Well, there is a handful of things you can do help you start looking.

I learned these through my experience and those around me. I searched every year while I was in college for an internship, I had to search my last year for a full time job and I had to find another one after I got laid off.

What to do?

1. Calm Down

If you stress too much about finding a job, it will become more detrimental than you would think. Stressing too much will make you lose focus and aspects of your life such as enjoying yourself and having some fun will disappear. Finding a job is important but your health and sanity is much more important.

2. Figure Out What You want

Next thing is to figure out what you want to do. Just finding a job isn’t the most ideal thing. My philosophy about a job is “You got to love and enjoy your job.” A job shouldn’t be something that you dread going into work in the morning on a normal basis. By doing that, you are putting yourself into the category of “working to live”. That mentality works for people, but it isn’t a way to live happily. You should also figure out what you can do. If you want to be a doctor but don’t have the skill and degree then don’t go try to be one.

On a side note, if there is something that you really want to do but don’t have the skills, find out what you need to do to get it. Don’t just throw away what you want, plan for it. If you want to be a doctor, maybe consider finding a job that is “working to live” and take classes to accomplish what you want. Things need to be planned out.

3. Search the Engines

There are tons of job search engines you can look search. For traditional and general job searching engines, CareerBuilders and Monster is a good place to look. But there are other websites you can search. SimplyHired is a search engine that I heard that was pretty good.

After you hit up some of the general search engine sites, you should start looking into more specialty sites. There are job search engines for specific fields. Dice is a pretty good one for technology related fields. There is even ones for doctors and other fields. More specialized positions will be listed at those sites. Just go to a search engine and search for the field + “job search engine”. And you should get a list back.

The last resort is using Craig’s List. Job postings on Craig’s List are typically lower paying and for much smaller companies. So, if you’re looking for quality, go to a site with quality.

Side note: Be careful about some of these sites. They will have head hunters. Head hunters are people/firms whose job is to find people to fill in positions for other companies. They can be beneficial, but they can also be very annoying since you are working through a 3rd party company. A lot of people don’t like using these services, but they are useful. I found my current full time job through one of these companies. But they will definitely be calling and bugging you. I recommend you to put an email and a phone number that you don’t people calling. Because these head hunters will actually scrape your data from search engines and save it in their database. So, even if you remove yourself from dice.com or others, they will still have your information and will continue to bug you. I am still getting calls from head hunters in regards to my resume I posted a year ago, even though I removed them from all search engine sites I used.

4. Social Networks

There are a bunch of websites that assist with job hunting or career networking. There are websites such as Alumwire, which is created by a buddy of mine, which is very similar to a social network. The audience is geared towards college students and those who recently graduated from college. The features that make this site stand out is that its goal is to assist users in finding a job. They offer 30 second video elevator pitches, chatting with recruiters, virtual career fairs, plus numerous other features that will come out.

There are sites that are professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with friends who work at different companies and also a great way to be found by recruiters. You can put your resume on your profile. If you do it well enough, you can be contacted by companies and be offering an interview. I have been emailed and called over 40+ over the last 6 months asking if I was interested in doing an interview with them. It is definitely a useful website to use to connect and contact with people from different companies.

5. Use Your Networks

Everyone knows somebody. Talk to your friends. They probably have jobs. Some of them even work at larger companies. Ask then if they know of any position that is available at their company. Maybe even go further and ask if they have friends that can look around.

The other thing you need to know is to find out what companies you have connections to. Once you find that out, go to their company’s website and look at their available jobs. Don’t depend on someone looking for you. Instead look it up yourself and find something that you fit into. Once you do find something, customize your resume and cover letter and send it to your friends and ask them to do a referral to their HR. Believe me, they will probably submit it. Why you ask? It is because most companies, more of the larger ones, will offer a referral bonus for a successful referral that gets employed for a duration of time. Some of the referral bonuses are very small amounts; however I’ve heard and seen referral bonuses up to $10,000. So, most of your friends don’t mind lining their pockets with some extra cash.

To Be Continue

There are other tips that I can try to give, but these are the main ones that I think people should keep in mind when they are looking for a job. Other tips can be used when you are stumped and haven’t find anything over a period of time, such as expanding the job profiles, considering other opportunities that you previous didn’t look at, considering looking outside of the area you want to stay at, or other numerous things.

The next post I’ll do is tips on working on your resumes and cover letters. Come back and I’ll give information on what Interviewers look for when they look at resumes and cover letters.

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