Every once and awhile I get an email from a college student who is attending (or recently graduated) from the college I attended. They are usually looking for career advice or a potential inside track to a job at my company. What amazes me is the misconceptions about job search and networking. So in one call I had today, I asked the guy if he was leveraging LinkedIn and he told me not really. So of course I said “you’re kidding, why?” and he told me that he was afraid that his employer would find out that he was looking for a job. What? Everyone is on LinkedIn and being on LinkedIn doesn’t necessarily mean that you are looking for a job. Another basic tactic is leveraging company career sites, but even that great source is not used as much as it should be. There are thousands of jobs if you just know where to look. So where is all of this leading? The tips you need to focus your job search.
Suggested Reading: Job Search Tips & Techniques
- Top 10 Best Job Search Websites – Sometimes on top, sometimes not. This infographic lists the top job search sites in terms services and ratings. The “usual suspects” make up most of the list, but there are a few surprises (like LinkUp). There is a chart describing what makes each of these search sites special.
- 5 Reasons Why You Won’t Get a Job Offer – Getting a job offer is, of course, the goal. But sometimes you are not aware of what may have taken you out of the running. This article gives some of the top reasons why you won’t get the job. The top reason people don’t get a job offer is that they are just not properly prepared (Advanced Interview Preparation: Research, Strategize and Win Your InterviewAdvanced Interview Preparation: Research, Strategize and Win Your Interview). You should know some of this stuff (like you ask the wrong questions) but some are not so obvious (square peg, round hole). You don’t need to agree with all of these, but there is something to each one and you should definitely take a look.
- 10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Job Hunter Should Make – New Years is not that far away, and it’s never too early to make (or keep) your job search resolutions. We’ve all made them and you will recognize many on this list (if not all). The trick is to follow through. They are all great advice. One or two may not be on your list, but all are worth a read.
- The 25 Best Jobs – If we are going to list “top” anything, why not the top jobs? If you are really lucky, yours is on the list. If not, maybe you are thinking about a career change and this is the perfect list to help you make your choice. Boston.com provides this post and some of the jobs are a bit surprising. Good news is that there is a link to find your job as well as a link for the full list.
- 7 Cool Tools That Will Revolutionize How You Get A Job – Maybe you’ve been looking for a new job for some time, or maybe you’ve just started. Whatever your status, it doesn’t hurt to shake things up every once and awhile. This list provides some tools you can use to help in your job search. Take a read.
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