Begin With A Plan
To begin the Job Search Process you will need to know what career path or job type you want to go after.
If you are unsure of what types of jobs you might like or you want to consider other options then you should go to The Career Exploration Process.
Whether you go through the Exploration Process or just have an idea of the jobs or careers you want to go after, you should develop a list of at least 10 jobs or careers that you would like to begin your search with.
Identify Potential Jobs
We’ll want to take your list of careers that you have come up with and begin to find jobs in the marketplace that employers are actually hiring for.
You might have training and/or experience in a certain field, career or job, but if there aren’t a lot of people hiring in your area of expertise, then you are probably going to have a rough time finding a job.
We need to be realistic and look for jobs that people are actually hiring for. Of course this may mean that we need to consider transitioning to a new job or career. This is true for a whole lot of people in today’s job market. The jobs that used to be plentiful just may not be available any longer.
To find the jobs that companies are actually hiring for, we’ll go right to the source.
We’ll begin by looking at www.indeed.com
Begin by searching for jobs in careers and fields on your list. You want to begin looking at the jobs that interest you.
- Take notes about anything that might help you in your search.
- Begin taking notes about the employers who are hiring for these jobs.
- Take note about specific job titles that you might be interested in. We will be researching these job titles more later.
As you are looking through the jobs, start asking questions:
- Do you currently have the skills, experience or training that the job requires?
- Do you need additional training to be better qualified for the job?
- How long would that training be, how much would it cost, and is it practical to try and get the training in a reasonable time period?
Start looking for trends:
- How many of each job is there?
- How far from your home are the jobs?
- What common skills and training are there?
- Do you keep seeing the same requirements?
Make a list of the requirements on a spreadsheet with the number of times you see the requirement in the next column. Then each time you see that requirement in a job description, add a 1 to the number. When you’ve looked at a good number of job descriptions, prioritize the requirements. This is helpful in determining your eligibility for the job and what training or experience you might need to go after the job.
You may want to continue your search on other job search engines:
- TriangleJobs.com Local to Raleigh/Durham
- Craigslist Raleigh/Durham : http://raleigh.craigslist.org/jjj/
Identify Potential Employers
As you’ve been searching through the job postings, you should have been noting the employers who are posting these jobs. This is a good place to start finding employers. But you can look in other places like the Triangle Business Journal Book of Lists.
“Triangle Business Journal Book of Lists provides you with listings of hundreds of the hottest area companies in their fields, by ranking. You’ll also receive the names of key decision makers, along with their titles and complete contact information.” You can find the Book Of Lists in the library.
The JobApplicationCenter.com “is not your typical jobs search site. Unlike regular jobs search sites, here you will not find job postings for which you have to compete with dozens of other job applicants. Instead, we’ve searched the internet for you, to find exactly how, when and where to apply to almost every major U.S. company directly. When we can, we provide downloadable job application forms, and when those forms are not available we provide the links you need to apply with each company directly.”
Research And Learn About Jobs
The easiest way to find about jobs in your local area is to start your research on GlassDoor.com
GlassDoor will give you information about jobs like how much specific jobs in your area pay. It can also tell you more about which companies pay the most and which companies are the best to work for.
You can also get pay information from Salary.com.
*** Please take special note: Please make sure you spell salary with only ONE “L”. If you accidentally spell it with 2 lls you will find yourself on a porn site. ***
Research And Learn About Employers
Once you are ready to move forward with a specific job at a specific company then you will need to dig in and Linkin.
LinkedIn.com is the tool of choice when it comes to researching Employers and someone who might be interviewing you.
As a side note, if you haven’t already signed up for LinkedIn or you haven’t filled out your profile entirely, then please check out our page on how to use LinkedIn
Make Yourself Known
Up until this point most of your efforts have been preparing. Now it’s time to take real action.
Networking with other people still remains at the top of the list of ways to find work. According to Right Management “In 2010, 41% said they landed a job through networking.” Get out and get involved. Meet people. Networking today can include participating in online forums like those on LinkedIn. But mix it up. You still don’t want to spend too much time online.
The same survey found that 25% of job seekers found employment through Internet Job Boards. But you can’t just shoot your generic resume out there on the job boards and expect to get calls. You really need to tailor your resume to match the specific stated job requirements for each position you apply for. Online this is more critical than it is in person since the person can’t see or interact with you.
When you are ready for more help in your job search then please join us on Friday Mornings or request an appointment on Sunday mornings.