For a vast majority of job seekers, their checklist for finding a new job goes something like this
- Update/create a resume
- Apply for jobs online
1. Resume Distribution ServicesIf your goal is to get your resume in front of as many employers or recruiters as possible, consider a resume distribution service but be sure to do your homework first. Most resume distribution services charge to submit your resume to recruiters and/or employers who may have registered with them to receive resumes. Before investing, find out exactly how their distribution lists were amassed, what their fee covers and what sort of guarantees are offered. A quick Google search reveals many resume distribution services out there – and like everything they range from low quality to pricier but targeted. When evaluating this option, keep in mind that the quality of the list and the ability to target specific job functions and industries makes a difference.
2. Target CompaniesBy systematically targeting companies versus jobs, you will experience a steady stream of leads. Whether you have specific job search parameters (local/relocate, stay/leave industry, and so on.) or maybe you just have a sense for the kinds of companies that align with your personal philosophies, building a list of companies to target can pay off in spades. To build your list of targeted companies, consider Business Journal sites with industry news across 43 U.S. Markets, professional associations, company websites, Best Of lists, and local Chambers of Commerce. Once your list is complete, the next step is to start connecting with employees, recruiters and HR professionals to introduce yourself and get conversations started. It's important to meet as many people with a say in the hiring process. This strategy of targeted networking can reap rewards in that when a position opens up or gets created, you are more likely to be at the top of someone's mind.
3. Examine Your NetworkThe old saying “you never know who you know" definitely applies to job searching. Everyone knows someone who knows someone – the trick lies in figuring out who. When performed thoughtfully, smart networking often leads to job leads, referrals, advice and support. Here are some suggestions on where to go and who to approach. Inside The Box
- Friends and family
- Your existing LinkedIn network
- Graduates from your alma mater
- Former Employers + Peers