Although the unemployment rate has improved over the last few years, there still appears to be a shortage of jobs for those who want to work (or get a new job). I say “appears” because there are jobs out there (if you know where to look and have the right skills). One issue is “job mismatch” right jobs, wrong skills. Another issue is not knowing where (or how) to find jobs that might match your skills.
For the unemployed, the underemployed and the “not yet employed” (like future high school and college grads) there are several options. Reassess your skills and focus on jobs that are a match – there are job opportunities if you know how to match your skills to opportunities. Another option is to change your skill-set (training, additional schooling, etc.), focusing on where the economy is going rather than where it has been.
With that in mind, there are still thousands of jobs out there to be had in both traditional industries and new industries. In fact, there are probably 10’s of thousands of jobs to be had. Now there may not be thousands of jobs that fit your skills and the jobs may not all be located where you live, but if you are willing to have an open mind and are flexible about where you live (or desperate in the extreme), there are many opportunities and I’m about to show you how to find them.
Go Directly to the Source: Companies spend an incredible amount of money hiring staff. From leveraging recruiters (very expensive) to job search boards like SimplyHired or Indeed.com. “Internal sourcing” (see below), is less expensive and (if used correctly) more efficient than external recruiting. For job seekers, it’s a way to have your resume seen first.
- Company Career Sites: Most of these companies have their own career sites where they list open positions and also accept resumes for general recruiting. It costs companies significantly less to hire individuals who are sourced from their career site. Resumes that are submitted directly to company career sites will have a slightly higher priority than those submitted via job search boards. Senior level roles are more likely to be filled via recruiters (for a variety of reasons).
- Where to look – Take a look at CareerAlley’s listing of Company Career Sites. If you don’t find the company you are looking for on this page, go to their home page and look for their company career site.
- Employee Referrals: Another good way to leverage both your network
and company career sites is to have someone you know who works at the company submit your resume directly for the job opportunity. Employers highly value internal recommendations.
- Your Network: A slight variation on the item above is to have your network help find a job opportunity for you within their company (rather than you finding one and then they submit your resume). Many times jobs are created and not advertised for a period of time. See –
5 Tips for Creating a Professional LinkedIn Profile.
Use Recruiters: Recruiters have direct access to hiring managers (and sometimes have an exclusive on some positions). Find the recruiters that cover your industry or functional role for the best results.
- Take a look at 5 Tips for Working with Recruiters
- CareerAlley’s Recruiters & Headhunters list
Use a Job Search Boards: There are probably hundreds of job search boards, but you should only focus on 1-3 sites that best serve your needs. Try to use one or two generic major sites (like Indeed.com) plus at least one site that focuses on your industry. Take a look at CareerAlley’s Job Search Boards list.
How to get a job – The theme of this story is very similar to what I’ve said in my opening paragraph – yes, the current unemployment rate has improved, but there are lots of jobs out there. The article is worth a read for several reasons, not the least of which there are plenty of good tips.
- Successful Job Searching – This article, by About.com, provides a step-by-step guide to finding a job. Categories include Write a Resume, Complete a Job Application, Find Job Listings plus a long list of other resources. The right side of this article has a link to several videos – “10 thinks to do after a layoff” and “How to prepare for a job interview”.
- How to find a job during a recession – CNN weighs in with an article on how to find a job. Another step-by-step article with topics such as trying freelance work, freshen your skills, networking, polish your brand (like my “market yourself”). The middle of the article has additional links to job related articles.
- HOW TO FIND A JOB? – Not sure why there is a question mark at the end of this page’s name, but don’t be fooled by the first page. There are a number of links on this site to resources such as job search, job applications, resumes, cover letters and more. Each link leads to a robust page with information on the topic. At the bottom of the page are several other links to Work Menu (several resources here), Training, Where (like, where to find a job) and Who can help (many more resources).
And Now the Job Listings and Resources:
- The 100 Best Jobs – This is a great link, as it shows the highest ranked jobs search sites (as per Google) based on page rank, a few of which are included below. You will note that it is a fairly long list (and you will want to start at the top). The other great thing about this link is that it also provides links to Executive Search, Entry Level and Internships, Job Fairs and more. Now, you should note that, just because a site has a high Google ranking does not necessarily mean it is the best site. So what are some of the best sites, see below for a few.
- Indeed.com – This is one of the best sites at the moment and, according to their site, thousands of jobs were added in the last 7 days (and that is not a typo) – thousands of jobs, just as I promised. The first page is a very simple interface, two choices What and Where. You can also click on the Advanced Search which provides a broad range of search options. There are additional links at the bottom for Job Trends, Salaries and Forums. And , you don’t have to post your resume on this site.
- Recruiters Online – “Your key to the hidden job market” is the tag line for this job search site. A very simple first page – Search Jobs, Post or Edit your Resume, and Find a Recruiter. Click on Search Jobs for their very interesting search engine. They provide examples of how you can leverage their job search engine by leveraging keywords. Click Find a Recruiter (at the top of the screen if you are not on the main page). The page lists a few featured recruiters with a search engine on the right hand side. Enter your criteria and the search engine will return a list of recruiters.
- The Riley Guide – Probably the most comprehensive job search resource on the Internet, this site has everything you will need. Where to start? The top of the page has a few menu items which link to job search resources . The body of the page has additional resources and related and links to relevant content. The right side of the page has Job Search listings search box. This site is definitely worth spending time on and reviewing all of the resources available.
And if That’s Not Enough:
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Good luck in your search,