Starting from Scratch: 5 Ways to Organize Your Job Search

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You’ve finally decided to test out the job market. You’ve waited and you are ready for a change. What will your approach be? What are the typical steps to make the right move in this job market? In today’s world there are endless amounts of resources right at your finger tips: Internet searches, job boards, recruiting firms, referrals, and more!


So which method is best for you? How do you know what will work and what will not? There are many variables to consider. If you’re not organized, you might find yourself on job search overload, which could result in not finding an ideal position. In hopes of making this arduous process a little more manageable, here are a few methods to consider in your next job search.


1. Do Your Research

If you are not able to provide knowledge about your industry, field, or specific skill set, do some investigating and gain deeper knowledge to set you apart from other candidates. It is very important to have a true understanding of where you stand in the marketplace. This will help in defining your search, conducting interviews, and even in negotiation.


2. Target Your Search

After you’ve done your research, you should have a solid understanding of where to begin your search. A good place to start are job boards. There are an abundance of them out there, so find the ones that are right for you. You can be easily overwhelmed with the amount out there, so be sure to find a few that are relevant to you. If you are passively searching, start by creating job alerts to keep you current. If you are actively searching, create a profile with your current resume on job boards.


3. Social Site Awareness

You want to stand out to potential employers and have them notice you. An easy way to do this is to ensure your social profiles, such as job boards and LinkedIn, are fully complete and up to date. Some best practices are listing recommendations and joining relevant groups and associations. This will help communicate your interests and what type of positions might be right for you. Hiring Managers really take notice to these details, so the more details the better!


4. Create a Relationship With a Recruiter

Love us or hate us, we are needed. We have strong client relationships and the ability to cast a wider net for your search. We also have the ability to navigate through a company, which will get you directly in front of the right hiring manager or team. Find a trusted resource in the recruitment field and build a transparent relationship.


5. Utilize the People You Know

An undervalued resource are referrals. Referrals are the foundation of getting a new job. They are the door that leads you to introductions to the right people. People hire people from referrals extremely often. Your contact is a trusted individual with credibility, which then starts to build your credibility with the company. Don’t be afraid to tap into your network of friends, family, and colleagues. You never know, your neighbor may be more valuable than you realize.


The process of searching for a new job can seem extremely daunting. But using these methods will help you get organized and start a more targeted search that will ultimately yield the best results. Enjoy the chase!


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