When you’re in a job search, you start looking for shortcuts.
It’s such a detailed and often lengthy process that at a certain point, you start wondering if there’s an easier way.
But in truth, there really isn’t a #1 Best Job Search Method. Finding opportunities is a combination of activities focused on research and networking. Here are some ways you can help yourself possibly find a job that can make you happy.
- Start with research
Read about companies that interest you. Maybe they are great workplaces, or they focus on the areas you love. Find out what drives them and learn about their goals by reading about them in business publications, in news articles, and on their websites.
Look at the job boards run by professional organizations that focus on your industry. You might find listings that are not in other places. Better yet: Attend their meetings.
Talk to your friends, former colleagues, former clients and vendors, former bosses, and to the people who are already working in your target industry. Let your current network know what you’re looking for, and when you talk to new contacts, be curious about what they are doing. Guess what? Lots of open jobs never make the job boards! You might discover a few.
Talk to recruiters who specialize in placements within your field. Ask for a brief chat, and let them know that, yes, you are qualified in that industry; you want to offer your help to the recruiters’ clients who are looking to fill roles.
Because these activities will help you focus, they are likely to help you find opportunities that could be a good fit.
Of course, I’m here to help! So, if you are still having trouble or feeling discouraged, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond!