You may not do well at your current job or you may just be graduating and trying to get a job for the first time. Either way, it can be difficult to get into the work market, regardless of your age or experience. You’ll start by making contacts and looking for work offers online, reviewing your CV and cover letter and sending out applications that stand out. The process may seem overwhelming, but if you proceed with determination and a plan, you’ll get the perfect opportunity.
Many, if not most, companies and organizations post available jobs on job or company websites. If you know which company you want to work for, start by checking their website. You will probably see a tab labeled “job offer” or “job opportunity”. Click on that tab to see what’s available
– You can also use online job search engines to expand your search. Enter keywords or geographic location on websites such as Indeed, Jobs.com, TheLadders, Glassdoor and LinkedIn
– For example, if you are looking for a job as a medical device salesperson in Chicago, your search terms might be “sales” and “medical”, and your geographic area would be “Chicago, Illinois”.
– Craigslist is also a good site to search. It’s very useful, especially if you want to get a job right away.
Use the social networks.
Social networking isn’t just about having fun and keeping in touch with old friends. They can also help you find and apply for jobs. If you decide to use them in your job search, consider setting up your profile as “private” and creating a new, professional profile to share with potential employers. The following websites are excellent job search tools:
– LinkedIn. You can use this website to create a professional online profile. You can publish a biography that will make employers aware of you. You can also post your current CV for others to see.
– Twitter. People are increasingly using this tool to get a job. You can follow the companies that interest you and see if they publish job offers. You can also search the website with popular tags such as #jobs and #job searches
Use your state’s job bank.
You can also use the Internet to search for jobs in your own state. Each state has an online job pool known as a job pool. Find your state and start looking.
– Just like other job search engines, these bags will allow you to search by keywords and city.
Start making contacts.
This is a good opportunity to strengthen your connections with professionals in your career. It is also a time to meet new people. Showcase yourself and start communicating with people who might be useful in your job search. You could say something like, “I’m starting out in marketing and I wonder if you know of a job offer that might be right for me. Consider the possibility of approaching:
– former employers
– employees of the company you want to work for
– anyone you know who has a career similar to the one you want
Spread the word you’re looking for a job.
Friends and family can be good resources in your job search. They might know of job offers you don’t know about. They may also have a friend of a friend who is hiring employees. Make sure everyone in your circle knows you’re looking for a job.
– You could say, “I’m looking for a new job in advertising. Can you tell me if you hear about any job offers in that field?”
Attends a job fair.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and learn about your potential employers. Both cities and universities organise job fairs. Sometimes, some private organizations will do the same.
– Check your city or university’s website for information on upcoming job fairs.
– At a job fair, you can collect brochures and other information from companies that are hiring employees. You might also want to talk to the people in charge of personnel selection.
Stay organized. Stay organized.
One of your best resources will be to have a concrete plan. Write down a job search plan. Take some time to create a plan for how you will proceed in your search. Make a calendar of weekly or daily activities related to your search. In this calendar, you can include tasks such as:
– review online publications
– communicate with your contacts
– improve your CV and cover letter
– apply for a certain number of jobs each week