A successful job search often requires so much more than scanning the internet for ideas and opportunities. It requires the use of a variety of tools and resources which used together will greatly improve your chances of finding a new job.
When you are actively looking for a new job, it is extremely tempting to rely solely on searching the internet for ideas and job opportunities. Sitting on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and laptop on your knees scanning recruitment websites and job boards can be really useful but it can also use up valuable time as you get distracted and wander into the realm of Google to find the answer to all your career concerns.
Whilst the internet is an essential tool in your job search, it should not be used in isolation. There are many other resources and tools you can use which will rapidly enhance your search.
Approximately 7 out of 10 jobs are obtained through networking. It is one of the most powerful and effective ways to discover job opportunities and enables you to increase the number of people you know in the fields of interest to you. It is the best way to expand your knowledge, broaden awareness of your marketability and discover unadvertised job opportunities.
Networking should involve contacting warm and cold contacts (speculative applications) as well as attending networking events. For more information on networking events, have a read of my factsheet here.
The use of social media can also really enhance your job search. Many recruiters now use social media to find potential employees.
LinkedIn provides the opportunity to tell other professionals what you can do and what you can offer. Read about how to write a great LinkedIn profile here.
Twitter can be used in conjunction with LinkedIn. It can be used to market yourself and build professional connections.
Sign up with 2 or 3 Recruitment Agencies. As well as using their online resources, have a meeting in person with a representative during which you can have a discussion about your job search.
Look for job advertisements online and in print.
Research companies and organisations of interest to you and understand where they advertise job openings.
That is, no doubt, enough to keep you going! To enable you to juggle all these different tools and resources, ensure you manage your time effectively and this will help you to move forward efficiently and give your job search the focus it requires.