Jobs are Everywhere
It is no secret that jobs are more abundant in certain fields than others, but if you look hard enough you’ll find jobs just about everywhere.
Often, we suggest reaching out to your network, searching through professional websites and job boards, or scouring company websites to find a job that would be the perfect fit for you. However the approach will vary based on your desires, industry and professional level.
Job boards can be a great resource to find open jobs in a multitude of industries and professional levels. These include websites such as Indeed, Monster or Zip Recruiter. Some industries also have specific job boards for professionals in the industry including HiredKnives for food service, HighEdJobs for higher education, and eFinancial Careers for finance.
The downside of job boards is you may quickly get lost in the shuffle. The average job posting can have over 250 applications submitted. Of those, roughly 50% are given phone screens or are weeded out through Applicant Tracking Systems. Of those that remain, maybe 20-30 are given to the hiring manager for review, 10-15 are called in for interviews and only 1-2 people are extended the job offer.
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Similar to job boards, using company websites may also get you lost in the sea of candidates. The upside to applying on the company website is you know the organization is directly getting your information for their reference in the future. In the United States, employers must keep applications for a minimum of one year on record.
Being on the company website also allows you to research a little about the company (which we highly suggest) to see if the company values align with your own.
One of the most widely-used professional platforms today is LinkedIn. If you are unfamiliar with LinkedIn, think of it as a Facebook, but for work. Increasingly, companies are using LinkedIn to post jobs and source candidates for positions within their organization. LinkedIn even has a great feature which can show you the recruiter directly responsible for the position, and ultimately the person you should be reaching out to directly to express your interest.
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Colleges & Trade Schools
Many universities, community colleges and trade schools also have career services which can help you find a job. These colleges and trade schools have a vested interest in your success, which also can be use to promote the school’s enrollment rates (i.e. 95% of graduates are employed).
Organizations may also partner with the schools to do some serious recruiting because they are familiar with the curriculum of the programs and level of students the school has to offer upon graduation.
Not a recent graduate? That may not be an issue! Many schools in the US also offer career assistance to alumni as part of a way to attract people to the school and promote long-term graduate success.
Job fairs also possess their own unique experience, as they are the speed dating of job searching and interviewing. Some job fairs offer a large number of employers to speak with in a short amount of time, a quick way to link potential candidates with recruiters and hiring managers. Other job fairs could be tailored to a specific organization which is doing a mass hiring. In this case there will often been hiring managers and human resource professionals for various departments and functions within one organization represented.
Recruiters are a great way to find job opportunities and be pushed to the front of the pile. Recruiters are a strange liaison between employers and candidates, often advocating for both parties to align with each other. Recruiters can be direct employees of an organization or a third part which an organization contracts to get candidates to hiring managers.
The approach recruiters take may be specific the situation and organization, but it could be sifting through resumes submitted (if they are internal) or reaching out to people on LinkedIn who they feel may fit the qualifications of the role. Recruiters will also reach out to people who may not have expressed interest in the job previously, making it as much of a pursuit as a person applying.
This is an option we often opt for when speaking with our clients. The benefit of referrals is it allows the organization to have your resume hand-delivered to the person making the decision. It also gives you a walking, talking recommendation of your work and your fit within the organization. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the person referring you is in good standing with the company as well.
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