Finding a job is much like embarking on a journey because it typically involves a process that takes some time and includes discoveries along the way. While many people have success earlier on in the process, this is not the case with most. In this article, we will discuss 10 job searching resources that will increase your chances of getting hired.
10 job searching resources
If you've been job searching for longer than you'd like to admit, you may feel like you've thought of every possible way to find your next job opportunity. Don't lose hope. Here are 10 resources that will show the results you want to see:
1. Use job search websites
The digital age has made the process of searching for information extremely efficient. Indeed's career site offers a variety of helpful features designed to help job seekers find what they're looking for right away. You can search instantly for jobs by entering your information into the "what" and "where" search bars of the homepage.
Follow these steps for an enhanced user experience:
- Create a free account on Indeed, then upload your resume or create one.
- Look for jobs by location in the search bar.
- Filter results by job type, location, company or experience level.
- Set up job alerts that get sent to you.
- Research average salaries by company and job title.
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2. Browse company pages
You can learn a lot about a company by looking at reviews left by its current and past employees. Indeed's company pages provide an excellent resource for those who want additional insight into the company culture. If you don't have a particular company in mind, you can browse company reviews by category to see a curated list of workplaces. Plus, the 50 list includes companies rated the highest on overall employee experience.
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3. Network with your professional friends
Popular career networking sites can provide you with the right connections for a job. Review your list of connections. You may want to reach out to past coworkers to see what they've been up to. Mention that you're looking for a job and ask if they know of any great companies who are hiring. Even if they don't know of any open positions within the company they work for, they might be able to put you in touch with other connections in your field of interest.
4. Look up your industry association
Most job industries have a professional organization of some kind that can provide valuable resources, especially when you're looking for a new job. Search online if you can't immediately think of the specific name of the organization tied to your career. For instance, you might try typing your job title into the search engine bar with the words "organization" or "association" to see what results come up. You may find these websites include job listings and support for people just like you who are looking for assistance.
5. Check with your collegiate and corporate alumni networks
Consider your school of higher education. Whether you're currently a student or have already graduated, you may not be aware of the resources available to you. Most colleges and universities have a career services center, even for alumni. You may be surprised at what they have to offer. Depending on your situation, you may even be able to ask your guidance counselor or a professor about job opportunities on campus. They may even be able to connect you with someone in your line of work.
6. Read industry and career-based magazines
Just like career-based organizations exist, so do career-based magazines and journals. Subscribe to the online version for the fastest look at their offerings. There are even magazines dedicated to helping people find jobs. Some focus more on providing the details of the company culture while others focus on ranking companies in a specific way.
7. Search local job boards and career fairs
Every community has an online presence in some form. Check your local news and media sites for community job boards. Search for the name of your town or region on social media sites and look for groups related to job networking or searching. You may find out about an upcoming career fair in your area where hiring managers are easily accessible. If you plan to attend a career fair, take your resume with you and dress professionally to make a good impression.
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8. Check with your religious affiliation
Many religious groups have job resources available to people who are looking for work. Contact the organizational head of your church to inquire. You may find there are employment resources or positions currently being offered by the church. Consider scrolling through Indeed's ministry section, which features job listings generated from church websites. There are many opportunities available for those who wish to work in a faith-based setting.
9. Enlist the help of your state Department of Labor office
You can find on-the-job training opportunities, services for job seekers and more through the help of your local government office. Staff members have been trained to assist people in finding employment. They also can recommend additional resources available that have been designed specifically for people who have been out of work. Search online to find your local department.
10. Company websites
Most businesses have a designated careers page. Some companies have thousands of jobs listed, while others only have a few. If available, try typing your desired job title into the search bar to see if any results appear. If you are open to a variety of job positions, you may try typing in the broad career term or searching by the department. If you can't find a careers page, try contacting the company directly. Ask to speak with the human resources department to inquire about potential job positions.