How to be Proactive on Your Job Hunt
Searching for jobs can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and what approach to take. Of course searching for jobs online, physical job postings and networking opportunities are all beneficial steps to take, but the work that goes on in between is what really matters. There are a few simple job-hunting tips that can make this feat seem a little more manageable.
There are a plethora of job sites out there. Some of them are legitimate, and some are not. Sites such as LinkedIn, Glass Door, Monster and Ziprecruiter are a few of the sites recommended by career counselors. Job sites are just one way to search and apply for jobs using keywords and build a profile so that employers can find you as well.
While job sites can be useful, plenty of jobs are not posted online. This is why the next tip is to attend events related to your field. They don’t even have to be networking events. Go to events that are in your field of interest and see what it’s all about. You may meet potential employers, or you may just learn more about the job you want. It doesn’t have to be scary, it can just be an opportunity to build your skillset and human capital.
Some of these events may not be a hiring or networking environment, it is always a good idea to prepare an elevator pitch. It’s about a 30-second blurb about who you are, your skills and why you are valuable for hire. This can be especially helpful when you do go to a networking event or a career fair and you only have a limited time to make a connection and an impact on an employer
If you want to learn more about a job before you commit to applying, ask to volunteer or shadow someone who is on a career path that you’re interested in. This can also be a learning opportunity with no pressure of an interview or a job. Although volunteering with a certain company or organization may lead to a full-time job or internship, you may just gain a mentor or even decide that the career you thought you wanted may not be right for you at all.
A way to find jobs that is often underestimated is to talk to friends and family. There have been many times where someone gets a job through a friend of a friend or via a family member. If your family members or mutual friends have a job that you are interested in, or if you are looking for a job in a specific field, let your friends and family know. They may say “I have a friend who...” or “I have an opening at my company.” You never know what opportunities may come from the people closest to you, and it never hurts to explore that.
These job-hunting tips are not the only ways to find a job, but they have been proven as beneficial for a lot of successful business people today. Whether you’re searching for an internship to build your resume, about to graduate college and are looking to start your career, in the middle of a career change or looking for a new job in general, considering all of your options and not waiting for jobs to come to you is a self-starting way to go.