Strategies for an Effective Job Search


At this point you’ve posted your resume online and even applied for a few of the positions you have seen listed. You are also scouring all of the major job boards, setting up job alerts, and continuing to diligently apply for roles that you feel are a good match with your skills and qualifications. But is that enough? Is there anything else that you can do to look for that job you want? Absolutely! In fact, the more diverse and wide spread your job hunting strategies, the more effective it is likely to be.

Here are some effective strategies:

Contact the professional organizations in your chosen field or wide scope of employment area.
National, regional and local professional organizations exist in part to help their members with career development and employment search. Many of these organizations include field specific job listings on their websites or in their printed publications. Check out the career contact and alumni network which is composed of alumni, employers, students as well as friends and patrons of the organization who have offered to share their career experiences with alumni and students.

Visit company and organization websites.
Many companies and organizations post their job openings right on their websites. An even more direct approach is to send a well written cover letter directly to the human resources department or the hiring manager for your position of interest. Your research skills may be necessary to find that vital information. However, the payoff may be valued in the long-term since that type of skill is valued by companies and would set you apart from other applicants applying for the same role.

Network, network, network!
It is often said that close to 85 % of jobs are filled through networking. Talk to your contacts. Always remember when one door closes often another opens. You never know where even a failed interview will lead. The one contact you make there or in your research travels can easily lead to another contact. Sometimes even name dropping can have great results.

  • Make a list of contacts you know in the field.

  • You most likely know many people or know people who do.

  • Schedule a phone meeting with them. Meet them for coffee or lunch.

  • If there is a professional organization in your field, join it and start participating in its meetings and other events so that you can get to know people in your area of interest.

  • Work with a career counselor at your college or school to both tap his or her contacts and learn of alumni who might be willing and able to lend you a hand. Do not forget your supervisors or instructors connections as well.

Consider using a placement agency or executive recruiter.
Companies incur substantial costs and invest time to research, screen, and conduct initial interviews. For these reasons, many progressive employers will utilize the services of recruiters. Note that the fees are paid by the employers, not you, the job seeker. Recruiters are generally paid a percentage of your projected earnings. 

Lastly consider a temporary job. You will make valuable contacts. Moreover,  the employer may consider you such a valuable addition to their organization that they may decide to hire you directly.

Remember the more diverse and planned your job hunting methods are the more opportunities and ultimately the greater the chances you will have of landing that job and that career you really want.

– Wishing you continued success!

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