Job Searching? Make Sure You’re Looking In The Right Places

How to land that job

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It’s that time of the year when we start to get itchy feet. Question our life. And wonder if we’d be happier in a new job.

If pondering becomes a full-blown search, are you looking in the right place for that perfect job? Hmm, let’s see.

1. Job sites

They are most people’s first port of call when looking for a job. But you can make your online search work harder for you. As well as the big name job sites, remember to search ‘spider sites’ such as Indeed, Monster and Fish4Jobs which crawl all jobs sites.

If you register with a recruiter online, it’s also worth going into their local office. They can give you one-on-one advice and will be more likely to put you forward for an interview if they know your face.

2. Use specialist recruitment agencies and sites

Most recruitment companies and sites let you search for jobs across industries and sectors. But specialist ones can give you the inside knowledge – and opportunities – that one-size-fits-all recruiters can’t. For example, if you’re a teacher, sites such as Simply Education place teaching staff into temporary and permanent work in local schools and nurseries across the UK.

3. Social media

Your Facebook and Twitter pages might not be the first places you’d think to find a job, but 92% of recruiters use social media to find high-quality candidates. As Social Times explains, “social media has become an almost universally adopted hiring tool, with 92 percent of recruiters surveyed using it as part of their process. 87 percent are using LinkedIn, 55 percent are using Facebook, and 47 percent are using Twitter. Recruiters aren’t afraid of new networks either, with three percent using Snapchat during their process, as well as small forays into Vimeo, Tumblr and Periscope.”

If you’re worried about those embarrassing pics on your Facebook; don’t sweat. 74% of recruiters want to how long you spend in your average job. 57% see where you’re employed just now. And 34% are looking for mutual connections.

4. Networking

Speaking of connections, a new survey reveals that 85% of all jobs are filled via networking. It sounds scary, but if you’ve chatted with friends about work on social media, that’s networking. LinkedIn is the best social media platform to do. Just make sure you fill out your profile to 100% ‘all-star’ level and make it known you’re interested in new opportunities. It’s kind of like your shop window to the world of recruiters.

Remember, good old-fashioned phone calls and face-to-face meetings count, too. So watch out for industry events to attend; you never know who you might run into.

5. Search for remote jobs

If job searches in your hometown aren’t bringing up results, try searching for ‘remote’ and ‘mobile’ jobs. Progressive companies now realise they can get more talent if they extend their workspace beyond the office. Skype calls, Google chatrooms and business apps such as Basecamp let staff collaborate in real time without the need to be in the same office. Before you go work-from-home route, answer the Key Questions To Inspire Home-Based Business Success.

The beauty is, if you look at all the places above, you might just find that the hunter becomes the hunted, and recruiters start knocking on your door.

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