YOU CAN GET A JOB IN THIS MARKET!
Career Action Plan
There are many ways to find a job! See below.
§ Networking: It’s all about who you know, so contact everybody you know and start to network with them to gain information on the hidden job market, which are the jobs that aren’t advertised on the job boards or in the paper. Then build a target list of companies that you want to work for and send it to your networking contacts and ask if they can help you or if they know of anyone that works at one of your targeted companies and ask them to sponsor you into the company through their contact. Remember, networking is about gathering information. 80% of the people that use their network will get hired within 6 weeks to three months.
§ Cold Calling and Warm Calling: I know candidates are afraid to push themselves out of their comfort zone but you have to in tough job markets. Recruiters and HR professionals are receiving 100-300 resumes per day. They are working on about 20-200 positions each. So to differentiate yourself you will want to call them directly and try and sell yourself over the phone or ask them about their hiring processes. Don’t forget to mention that you will be in there area and would love to stop by and introduce yourself.
§ Recruiters: Sign up with and meet the recruiters and headhunters in your local area. I.e. Kelly Services, Volt, Manpower, TEKsystems, and Robert Half International. Recruiters will be calling you once you post your resume on the job boards. Also, check out www.rileyguide.com. See www.dearjane.info –tips booklet
§ Internet Job Boards: Post your resume on the internet job boards. Also you can search for jobs on these job board sites. The top 4 posting sites are listed: craigslist.com, monster.com, careerbuilder.com and dice.com if you are in the high tech field. It is extremely important to refresh your resume twice weekly on the boards. So you will have to make changes to it and then submit changes and save. This will refresh your resume. Recruiters only review the last 2 days when searching for candidate’s resumes. On craigslist.com you will have to upload a new one twice weekly.
§ Professional Associations: Post on user group websites and professional association websites. I.e. AMA, NCHRA, SHRM, PMI, STC, ASTD, and PDMA etc.
§ Indeed.com! Check out the new one stop solution to finding jobs on the internet. Please use www.indeed.com – it’s a mega search engine for searching jobs all over the internet from various job board sources.
§ Company websites: Go to company websites and submit your resume online. Go to their Career Sections and even if they don’t have a job posted upload your resume anyway. This will enter your resume into the Human Resources applicant tracking system.
§ Job Fairs: Attend job fairs and find the job fairs online at www.jobjournals.com or in the local newspaper.
§ Linkedin.com: Sign up with www.linkedin.com. 50% of the people that use linkedin.com use it for job searching and networking for jobs.
§ Newspapers: If you live in a remote area, don’t forget to check the newspapers for local job fair events. Companies still post their recruiting data and job descriptions in the local newspapers.