Looking for a new job but don’t know where to search?
The job search process can be tedious and frustrating – but it doesn’t have to be.
Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, Partner with Svensen Neighbour Recruiting, explains the process of pursuing the job hunt with ease and success while making an impact.
So you have an ideal job in mind, but how does your resume compare?
Svensen-Lewis suggests that prior to any search you must ensure you have a complete resume. Your resume is your first impression – make it stand out! In addition to a complete resume, ensure your LinkedIn profile is current and complete as well. Once you have a complete profile, the job hunt begins! The following section will walk you through where you should start looking for your next job!
It is worth your while to browse LinkedIn for potential jobs. As mentioned previously, ensure you have a fully developed LinkedIn profile and reach out to people you know: instructors, classmates, coworkers, mutual friends, recruiters. This is the power of networking – let people know you are in the market for a new job. Maybe they have connections that will be an asset to your job search.
Want to know something neat about LinkedIn? It has a section dedicated to job postings that you might be interested in based on your profile and any specified location! How easy is that? LinkedIn is filtering jobs for you! You should also search for recruiters working within your desired industry – introduce yourself and ask to connect with them. Be sure to follow industry associations, post-secondary institutions, and companies you might like to work for. Again, introduce yourself and ask to connect with them, too.
2. Social media business accounts.
Follow various business accounts that are of interest to you on social media. This allows you to better understand their organization and culture. What do you like about them? Why do you want to work for them? They may not have job postings now, but this way you will remain current with their organization, and be first to know about any job opportunities.
3. Networking events.
This can include events from your school, association events, or other industry events you might be interested in. Networking is a great way to ensure you stand out among all other candidates. Face to face opportunities are impactful; be sure to exchange information and follow up with the people you meet.
4. Career fairs and industry days.
There are often career fairs and industry days at post-secondary schools. As a current student, this is a great way to meet people in the industry prior to graduation. Keep in touch with your post-secondary institution after graduating so you can keep abreast of opportunities to engage with employers. Do not overlook any opportunity to meet professionals seeking future employees. There are also community wide career fairs that are great for exploring job opportunities and networking.
5. Post-secondary alumni career sites.
Most post-secondary institutions have websites where industries can post job opportunities. Often, these employers are interested in graduates from these institutions. Whether you’re a new graduate or an alumnus, this is a great opportunity to discover new roles.
When in doubt, you can always turn to websites for job opportunities. Some credible job sites are: Indeed, Monster, and Glassdoor. You can also visit company websites under the career section, recruitment websites, and association websites.
There you have it! Now you know how to search for your next job! Remember that your resume and LinkedIn profile must be complete before any successful job hunt. Never underestimate the power of networking for a job; meeting others and building relationships is a great foundation for landing a job.