Once upon a time job searching meant going door to door filling out applications. That is no longer the case. Today, there limitless websites, apps, forums, and recruiters to provide job listings. Simply search for jobs in Google, and you’re likely to find tens of thousands of job listings all over the country. There are programs that let you apply to jobs without leaving the house, and without speaking to an actual person until the day of the interview.
Today, it is easier than ever to apply for jobs, but how to you find the right job? Instant access to mountains of information can be helpful; it can also be overwhelming and ineffective if used incorrectly. So what methods are most effective? And how do you find the job for the career you really want? We have a few tactics recommended by top employers for new grads to implement a more effective job search.
- Target Companies
Start by making a list of companies you would like to work for. Target small companies with less than 500 employees. These companies are the best bet for hiring new graduates and young professionals. Start with a list of 25 companies chosen strategically. Don’t narrow yourself to one industry, but don’t want to apply for every single job on the market. Think about the jobs you are both interested in and qualified for.
Your homework is not over yet. Study the companies you put on your list by exploring their websites. Often companies may post positions on their web sites well before recruiters, job fairs, or online job boards get ahold of it. Research the company hierarchy, and look at key positions where your skills could be valuable.
- Networking with Purpose
Networking is easy, but knowing how to work your network is the hard part. Start with a group of contacts from the people you know. Include people who work for the companies you are interested in. LinkedIn is a great place to build a professional profile and start building your contacts group. Be strategic about who you stay in contact with and how you maintain those relationships. Be genuine in maintaining relationships and working to strengthen your network.
- Social Media
You know you spend a lot of time on Snapchat and Instagram anyway, so make good use of your social media time to research, follow, and contact companies on your target list. That doesn’t mean you spend eight hours a day posting, commenting and Tweeting. Instead, read, research, and gain insight into the company.
- Use In-Person Resources
No smartphone app can make up for person-to-person interaction. Use local area groups and services to gain access to as many resources as you can. Often you can find interview coaches and resume editing free of charge. It also gives you a chance to mingle with other job seekers, use this opportunity to share leads, tips, and learn from others and gain a support system.
At Triumph Strategic Consulting, we take great pride in helping great candidates find outstanding jobs. If you’re looking for a great new opportunity, please contact Triumph Strategic Consulting today.