When you search for a job without a plan or strategy, you could end up feeling scattered, overwhelmed, and frustrated. In today’s job market, there are so many ways to make connections, search for, and apply to jobs that if you want to find the right job opportunity it’s best to make a job searching strategy.
Before we get into the list of ways to effectively make your job searching strategy, it’s important to get organized. Spreadsheets are a great way to keep track of each part of your strategy. Take a few minutes to set up a spreadsheet and your job searching process will be seamless.
Job Searching Strategies
When you make your job searching strategy, these are key points to consider.
Contact professional organizations in your industry
Learn more about local, regional, and national organizations. These groups are meant to help you get the most out of your career and goals. This is a great way to network, learn more about your field, and also find unique job listings.
Join industry-specific associations
Many industries have associations and they are always excited to grow their membership. From networking events to larger events with professional speakers, there’s a lot of ways to connect with other people in your field. They also will have job listings that you know is relevant for you.
Networking is sometimes hard for people, but the more you do it, the less awkward it will be. Start with family and close friends. Let them know you’re looking for a job. You should also be clear as to what kind of job you’re looking for. People are always happy to help.
Participate in job fairs
If there’s a local job fair you can attend, do it! Get yourself prepared by researching the companies going, and by crafting resumes and questions to ask the recruiters. It’s a great way to see several companies and make an impression in one day.
Search on job sites, and also individual company sites
Don’t only rely on the big job sites to find openings. Make sure you visit a few different sites, and also be sure to look at specific company websites. Not everyone uses a job site, so you don’t want to miss out on a great opportunity, just because you didn’t look in the right place.
Use a recruitment or staffing agency
Finally, you should be open to using a staffing agency to help you find the job you’re looking for. These agencies have relationships with companies and might know of jobs before they’re even posted. Plus, they’ll keep you in their files so you’ll be considered for a job you’re qualified for a longer period of time.
Do you want help in your job search?
If you want help searching for a great job and are not sure where to start, contact Integrity Staffing.