4 Tips For Choosing The Right Career
Career Guide Series: Job Search
We've come a long way from the Sunday "Help Wanted" ads—though, we admit, the practice isn't completely outdated. But now there are a plethora of job search options, including Internetworking, Employment Service Companies and more! Below, get acquainted with a few of the most successful job search tactics and choose which one works best for your professional needs. The rest is up to you... Good luck!
1. Use the Web wisely.When searching for a job, there are many options on the Internet. Popular employment sites include CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, HotJobs.com and Craigslist.org—where you can easily search for positions in your field of interest and post your résumé on the site. However, companies are statistically more likely to hire people who apply for positions through smaller, niche websites specific to an industry (plus, there is often less competition). For example, in the publishing field, MediaBistro.com and Ed2010.com have the inside scoop on available jobs; in the health services arena, the American Occupational Therapy Association's website, AOTA.org, has a section dedicated to linking employers with potential employees.
To find a specialized site, try using a basic search phrase in Google such as "job listings in the nursing industry." Or, try QuintCareers.com, which compiles career and job resources by industry in one place. Also, most college websites have extensive job search sections, so take advantage of that information. For example, Villanova.edu has a section dedicated to "Job Search Online Resources," which includes general job-search links as well as industry-specific links. University of California at Berkeley has extensive job listings as well. Finally, most company websites have a job section where they list all jobs currently available, so you can apply directly to your future employer!
2. Call in the pros.Though Employment Service Companies (ESCs) are often grouped under the umbrella term "headhunters," they are not all alike. Here's the breakdown: ESCs, including state employment and private employment agencies, temporary help organizations and career counselors, are most often government funded. Headhunters are contingency search agencies and executive search firms that are paid a commission by the employer when a successful hire is made. So how do you know which ESC works best for you? According toKnock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, by Martin Yate, CPC, one is not necessarily better than another. That said, adhere to this helpful advice:
• Do your research to ensure the company you choose is involved in several professional associations.
• Make sure your contact has additional (usually mandatory) accreditations.
• Stick with and learn from your representative.
3. Print is not necessarily dead.Not all companies advertise positions on the Internet—since many industries still rely on local resources. Additionally, some companies will continue tapping into the local market to avoid relocation costs, according toKnock 'Em Dead. Almost every newspaper has an employment section and a large selection of recruitment ads in the Sunday paper. Follow these tips when searching the want ads:
• Look for jobs relating specifically to your professional skill set (both above and below your level).
• Find other job titles that typically apply to your line of work or that advertise a related skill set.
• In addition to the employment ads, check the promotions column, which lists recently promoted employees (who are possibly leaving a job to be filled); the business news stories, which will tell you about new companies coming into town; industry overviews, which will tip you off to marketplace news, thereby alerting you to update or tweak your résumé/cover letter accordingly; any page where they regularly quote professionals, which may instantly provide you with a new contact in your field.
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