Are you looking for a new job? What’s the best way to start a job search, find companies who want to interview you, and get hired? Of course, the process of finding a job is different for each one of us. And a lot depends on the industry as well. Here are 6 places where you can start your job search:
Online Job Portals
No surprise here. Most people start looking for a job by typing keywords into an online search engine. Google itself has its own job search platform so that when you enter job related terms and you’ll see postings from organizations hiring for positions with similar keywords. Online search will also lead you to platforms like Naukri, Monster, Indeed, and lazyHR, which are job-specific content aggregators. These sites pull together relevant job ads from across web based on your search terms. In some cases, you can apply directly for these jobs through the platform. Or you’ll be directed to the hiring organization’s website. Either way, before you start applying, make sure that your resume and cover letter are up-to-date.
Walk-ins are especially popular for companies looking to recruit new graduates. Most job fairs will advertise the companies that are participating ahead of time, so do your research ahead of time on companies you want to talk to and have a customized resume and cover letter to give them. Have a proper formal outfit for the job fair. Make sure you choose the right clothing style, which should be professional and comfortable.
Practice your personal pitch to make a strong first impression. It is important that you show great communication skills through your introduction and by maintaining eye contact. Follow up with the recruiters from the companies you wish to work for. If you have their contacts, send them a thank you email or connect with them on LinkedIn.
Targeting specific companies is actually a very popular job search strategy. And it can be effective if you approach it the right way. If you’ve created a list of preferred companies, you’ll want to visit their websites to see if they have advertised jobs. If they do not have openings at the moment, find a human resource contact and reach out them. Keep in mind that you can also use the company’s website as a research tool for identifying contacts outside of human resources who can make hiring decisions. For instance, try connecting with someone in the specific area or department where you’d like to work as part of your networking effort.
LinkedIn is the social media channel for professionals. You can use it to identify and connect with people around the world working for companies or in industries where you would also like to work. Many organizations also post jobs on LinkedIn, and it’s quite common for experienced people to receive recruitment messages on the platform. Companies will also post opportunities on Twitter and Facebook, so if you have specific companies in mind, you will want to “follow” them on social media so that you get notified of these openings.
Friends & Family
There are lots of job opportunities which are not posted online or offline. This refers to the job opportunities that can be accessed only by networking and knowing the right people at the right time. Sometimes a company will ask staff to refer people if there is an urgent need to fill a role. And many companies recruit on a rolling basis whenever they find talented people who want to work for them. The only way you can be considered for such roles is if you find a way to connect with someone in the company. Perhaps you’ll know them directly or you’ll connect through mutual contacts. Remember that each network (family, neighbours, close friends, and acquaintances) is part of another network. Therefore, your outreach is higher than you think.
Make a list of all the people you know that might have knowledge or contacts in the industry or the company you want to apply with. Then reach out to them first. They can easily refer you or recommend to a key stakeholder in that company. Before you start reaching out and activate your network, keep in mind that it is really important to know exactly what you want. You can ask whether they know of any current opportunities or to have an informational interview, which is meant for you to discover more about the organization.
Try an internship
If you think you’d benefit from getting a bit of work experience before deciding if a certain career is a right path for you, maybe offering to do a month unpaid at a nice company would work well. However, know your rights when it comes to internships, as unfortunately, some companies will take advantage of young people looking to kick-start their careers by making them work a full-time position without paying up. Paid internships are really common these days. Although they don’t pay much, you’ll pick up invaluable skills, experience, and contacts relating directly to your preferred business and industry that will be extremely useful later. Either that, or if the position goes particularly well, you might even get a job out of it!
In the modern and dynamic job market, finding your dream job might require a combination of the above methods. Being flexible in your approach and trying new techniques will help you cast a wide net and increase your chances of getting hired.