Job Searching Tips
My friends and classmates wanted me to talk about some tips on job searching. When I was trying to do some research on this topic online, I found absolutely no definitive guide to job searching. There are all these little tips like “update your resume” or “Google search your name every day”, but no solid suggestions on getting a decent job for yourself. I’m hoping that this post will be useful to you and your friends who are getting ready to start or restart your careers. So let’s get started, shall we?
Where to find job ads
So you would like to find a job… where do you look? There are so many places to go online like Monster.com, Workopolis.com, and Jobserve.ca where you can upload your resume and basically have employers looking for you while you’re looking for them (neat, eh?). There are so many other job search sites that you can go to, but those three are my favourites. Online job searching sites are great for finding jobs in any city you’d be willing to travel to and not just your current city.
There are also local recruitment firms in your area that you can look up and get into contact with someone. Recruitment firms that I have looked into give you the option of uploading your resume onto their website so that you’re on file next time employers are looking for workers. This approach is a lot slower than the others because you would have to play the waiting game.
As you can probably tell from my other blog posts, I really like LinkedIn and the large amount of job posts they have. Also, if you utilize LinkedIn well enough, you could be involved with online groups and discussions that would help you find even more jobs than what would normally be posted. For more information on LinkedIn just CLICK HERE. While we are on the topic of Social Media, Twitter is another great place to find work. There are so many people you can follow that will tell you when specific jobs open up in your city. For example, I’m in Human Resources and I am currently following @Human__Resource which lets me know when there are new job openings in my area. Just search the job you’d like and your city and there should be quite a few postings listed.
Grab your local newspaper and look in the Classifieds section to see if there is anything there that might interest you. If you never buy the newspaper, at least go onto a couple of your local newspapers’ websites and look into the Classifieds page. You’d be surprised what a quick search on their site can get you. The last thing you could do is either go from business to business handing out your resume to companies you’re interested in working for, or email their Human Resources department your resume for consideration.
Don’t limit yourself
Once you find a couple of sources that you feel comfortable with then you need to start applying. I’ve noticed some people trying to get into one company that they want to work for, but when you are applying for a job you really REALLY want to get… chances are everyone else wants that job too. Don’t limit yourself to only one company or one job opening. Apply for as many jobs that you can find that relate to you.
I don’t want to insult anyone, so let’s say a new graduate from a unnamed university or college wants to apply for a job; unless you have the best of the best grades, A LOT of work experience relevant to your field of study, and great references then at this stage in your career (which is non-existent) you should NOT be picky of what jobs you should apply for. Think of it like a funnel effect: you apply for 20 jobs and out of those 20 jobs 5 call you back for an interview. Out of those 5 interviews, maybe 2 will call you back for the job or a second interview. At the very last stage is when you can start getting selective of where you want to work because you now have more information about the company than you did staring at their job ad.
Nice little hint: The more jobs offered to you at the end of the funnel, the more leverage you have to getting the compensation you think you deserve (although, don’t get too greedy because they can easily drop you like a rock as well). Let’s say Company A has a high compensation package but not the best fit (yes I said fit) for you and Company B has the best fit but pays considerably less than Company A. There is nothing wrong with being transparent with the employer by saying “I love your company and would work for you in a heartbeat, but it just doesn’t compensate as much as Company A does and I need that in this stage in my life”. One of two things will happen: 1) They will say sorry to lose you and hire the next guy or 2) They really want you because you do fit with their company then they might be willing to meet you in the middle (which is better than just taking the job). Now if option 1 happened, either take the higher paying job or turns them down and try again… it’s not set in stone!
Job Advertisements: Minimum Requirements vs. “An Asset”
I love this part because there is so much to look for in job ads. I’ve known some people to get intimidated when looking for work because the companies ask for the world… What?! I need a degree AND 5 years experience? Companies are putting an advertisement for the perfect worker, so you don’t need to be that perfect worker… yet. If you are looking at a reasonable job ad (not CEO, sorry) that says you need a degree and experience then one of those two items is an asset to have, but it is not necessary to have both. If you have the degree then you should apply! If you have the experience but no degree then you should apply! If you don’t have either experience or a degree then I suggest you start looking into getting one of those to help you in the future. Moral of this story is look closely at job ads because they will list off everything that MIGHT help you in this position, but you don’t NEED all of that stuff. It takes 2 seconds to apply for a job, so do it and forget about it until you get a phone call from them! If it is a job you feel you would like then apply for it… and then apply for 20 more!
This is a Patience game… it takes time but never sit still! Always keep looking!
Once you get phone calls back from all these jobs you’ve applied for and you would like some help preparing for interviews then feel free to contact me and I’ll definitely help you out with that. I’ll also have a How to Interview post on here soon.
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