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Most of us have been fortunate enough to never have had to type our resume on a typewriter. We are all a little spoiled and don’t realize how difficult and time-consuming job hunting was in the pre-digital days. But we have different challenges in managing our digital job search. “Speed to market” is now the name of the game, along with leveraging digital tools and your professional network. To those who master these skills, the job market is all yours.
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Tip #1 – Make Your resume Accessible
Your resume and other job search documents should be accessible to you no matter where you are. Additionally, while you will want to limit how many job search sites you post your resume to, you should upload your resume to all of your top choice company career sites.
- 5 Ways to Leverage the Internet in Your Job Search– Take a look at this CareerAlley post with lots of alternatives for making your resume easily accessible.
- Company Career Centers – Use this list of Company career sites from CareerAlley to pick the companies you want to work for. Go directly to their profile page, enter your profile set notifications for new jobs. This way, you will get an email when there is a job match for a company you want to work for
Tip #2. Use job search Bots
Most job search engines have the ability to deliver personalized job search results (job alerts) to your mailbox similar to, but a little different, company career sites. The advantage is that you can set up very specific criteria and have several searches. This allows different slants on your search (whether it be different cities, industries or types of jobs). The trick is to keep this in balance so that you are not getting too many emails from these job alerts.
- Overwhelmed with Job Search – Job Search Boards – Some job search Board info from CareerAlley
- How to Use Indeed.com for Your Job Search – Some specifics on using indeed.com (take a look at part 2 as well)
Tip #3 – Leverage Social Media
Social networks should be a major part of your job search as well. You should leverage your social networks (in the right way) to both, cultivate your professional network (who may know about opportunities that you do not) as well as to look for jobs. You will know some of the information listed below, but leverage tips to focus your search.
- Top Tips to include on your LinkedIn profile – This article provides some great tips for leveraging linkedin for your job search.
- 4 Tips for Utilizing Social Networking Outlets for Your Job Search – Some great tips on creating/changing your profile and using social networks to brand yourself for job search.
Tip #4 – Do your homework – research companies
You need to have a pretty good idea about where you want to work and the types of companies you would like to work for. In order to do this, you need to do a fair amount of research on companies. Between company sites and other resources (like your network), you should be able to get most (if not all) of the information you will need.
- 8 Resources to Help Find the Right Company for Your Next Job – This article provides eight resources on how and where to conduct your company research.
- Guide to Researching Companies, Industries, and Countries – This is a really good resource provided by livecareers.com. Not only are there links to help you research but there are also links for researching industries and countries.
Tip #5 – Leverage Smartphone Apps
Smartphone apps are the best way to keep your job search going when you are away from your desktop. Consider the tools you will need.
- Top Tips for Leveraging Your Smartphone for Your Job Search – Part 1 – Take a read and don’t forget to look at part II.
- Smart Money, Smart Jobs, Smartphone – Leverage your Job Search – Smartphone apps and mobile job search sites.