There are many ways to find a job and choosing the right places to look can be difficult. Depending on the industry you are applying for, or the role you seek, your job searching techniques can differ.
Many jobs are advertised only on the internet these days, as it is quick and easy for both the employer and client. Search for company specific websites or recruitment websites. To make the most out of your internet job search experience, follow these tips:
- Make your job search targeted. Research company websites that you wish to work for and check their ‘careers’ or ‘work for us’ pages.
- ‘Google’ jobs in your chosen industry or role to find leads to companies you may not have thought of.
- Set up your profile on recruitment sites including Seek, CareerOne, MyCareer and search for industry specific recruitment companies.
- Beware of false opportunities, do your research on any job you are applying for on line, and be extremely wary of any recruitment company that wants money handed over to register.
- Sign-up for business network sites like Linkedin and ensure you include all your skills and experience. Employers often search Linkedin profiles for potential staff, while others advertise positions vacant. You can search company profiles, connect with employers and even do a shout-out i.e., ‘Sales extraordinaire seeks role in fast-paced sales environment.’
Many jobs are not advertised publically and end up being filled through word-of-mouth. This is called the ‘hidden jobs market’ and networking is a perfect way to tap into it. Talk with your friends, family, peers and let them know you are looking for work; you may be surprised by what opportunities pop up. Recommendations from family and friends can go a long way.
Online networks like Facebook and Twitter can also provide good networking opportunities. Do a shout-out to your connections, or advertise yourself as looking for work. Just bear in mind you need to keep your profile simple and professional; it may be worth setting up a separate professional profile without personal pictures and posts.
Cold calling and job canvassing
Another way to access the ‘hidden jobs market’ is through cold calling and canvassing to employers you have an interest in working for. This involves making contact to ask if any positions are available and selling yourself to those roles.
Calling up a potential employer, or dropping into their place of business unannounced can be daunting. Here are some tips for success:
- Before the call/visit – Think about who you want to ask for, it will generally be the manager or human resource department. Think about what role you are interested in. Make sure you research the company to show your eagerness and come across as the right person for the job. Prepare a basic script of what you’d like to say.
- During the call/visit- Introduce yourself and make sure you are polite and enthusiastic. Speak clearly and use the person’s name during your conversation. Be persistent, if you are not talking or meeting with the right person, ask for contact details of the best person to speak to.
- After the call/visit- Follow up shortly after making contact in an email or letter to say thanks for the person’s time, and email/ send any information that you may have promised them.