Entering the working world can be a scary experience. Looking for a new job can be confusing. Many of us find ourselves wondering where to start when faced with the decision to find a job.
Here are ten steps on where to start looking for a new job including the top job sites to use, how to use your connections to boost your job hunt, how to be interviewed successfully, how to follow up, and advice on how to get hired.
1. Find the Best Job Listings
While newspapers are a great place to start, the world has moved online. There are a number of sites to use to find job openings that simplify the search for jobs. Don’t be afraid to use job search engine sites, job banks, company websites, networking sites, niche job sites, and advertisement sites to find jobs based on the filters you choose. Great sites to use include Robert Half, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Job.com, The Ladders, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Monster. Another option to consider is working with a recruiter to maximize your opportunities.
2. Focus Your Job Search
To get the best results out of job search engines make sure you keep your search focused. Using keywords that match your interests and the location where you want to work will ensure you see jobs within the ideals you have in mind. It will also allow you to narrow in on more relevant job listings. Don’t be afraid to use advanced search options to specify exactly which locations you want to work and the specific positions you want to land.
3. Build Your Professional Brand
Having profiles on sites like LinkedIn is the perfect step to building a strong personal brand. Branding yourself portrays your professional aspects to recruiters, employers, and contacts and sets a strong positive impression of you as a candidate. They are more likely to be interested in someone who they feel they know than someone with no background.
Once you have created profiles on networking sites, it is important to start networking on the sites. Your networking skills can often be the deciding factor in landing a job. Connect with everyone you know, because help during your job search may come from unexpected places. Anyone could connect you with someone who is looking for their next employee. From a college graduate to alumni from your university, everyone might know someone who can help you. Another great way to build a network is to join professional associations.
5. Use Job Search Apps and Tools
Aside from networking and using search sites, there also a variety of apps, widgets, gadgets, and tools to help expedite your job search. Some of these also offer options to help manage your career later on. Using them will help you organize your job search and save valuable job searching time. Plus you can then do your searching while on the go.
6. List Companies You Like
Another great way to refine your search and make the search easier is by compiling a list of companies you would like to work for. Research company information and create a list of companies that you believe would be a perfect fit for your skills and goals. Create a list of dream employers and then do a special outreach to ensure your application is noticed. Some companies might even have the option to sign up to get email notifications for new job openings immediately after they are posted.
7. Target Your Resume
Putting in the effort to write targeted resumes and cover letters will work in your favor. By specifically creating a link between your qualifications and the hiring criteria for the job you are applying, you will immediately grab the attention of the person reading your resumé. The extra effort increases your chances of getting an interview for the position.
8. Prepare to Ace the Interview
Once you land the interview, take the time to prepare for it in advance. Preparing will allow you to be calmer and more confident during the interview which will allow you to avoid accidentally messing up. To begin, research the company. Next, practice answering interview questions. On the day, ensure you have dressed appropriately and make a concerted effort to impress the interviewer with your professionalism.
9. Don’t Forget to Follow Up
After the interview, it is extremely important to follow up by thanking everyone you met. Make sure you reiterate your interest in the position and recap why you feel you are an excellent candidate for the job. Sending a quick email or note thanking the interviewer for his or her time leaves a lasting good impression.
10. Accept (or Decline) a Job Offer
When you receive a job offer, ensure to carefully evaluate the offer and make an educated decision whether to accept or reject it. Remember you do not need to accept any job just because it was offered to you. If you choose to decline, do so politely. Always be mindful that you can also negotiate better or more favorable terms by making a counteroffer if you are displeased with only certain aspects of the offer.