This time my blog is catered to those looking for a new job opportunity. I will try to alternate between those seeking talent and others who are selecting their company of choice. I really appreciate any feedback or areas I have missed to help job seekers and recruiters alike. I am hoping this will be a forum to share best practices on both sides of recruitment.
We all know that looking for a job is a full-time job. Some job seekers dive-in head first without seeing how deep the waters are--they are deep and choppy waters. There are many forums to find jobs and navigating these waters are tricky without a little help. I will throw a lifesaver with some tips below to help get you started in an organized job search. (the below is targeted for the Toronto/Ontario/Canada job market)
- Get the support from your family and friends by asking for their encouragement and to keep their ears to ground if they hear of any suitable jobs.
- If you belong to an employee assistance plan ask for a coach that specializes in job search. They may also provide feedback on your resume.
- Make a list of on-line job posting boards such as: monster, workopolis, craigslist, kijiji, yahoo, etc.
- Get your resume and cover letter up to date and upload on applicable websites such as: linked-in, monster, workopolis, yahoo groups, etc.
- Prior to posting, have a second set of eyes to review your resume for grammar, spelling, formatting, etc.
- You will need to customize your cover letter and resume for each job application.
- Research recruiters that specialize in your area of expertise. You can search google, check out your library.
- Research companies that you want to work for and see on linked-in if there are any connections.
- Sometimes jobs are not posted but are in the works--pipeline jobs.
- If the job advertisement does not state "do not call" then I would advise you contact the person listed.
- Ask the person for five minutes of their time to discuss the role as you have the value-added skills and experience for the job.
- I would have handy the top 10 skills/experiences that benefits the company.
There is only 24 hours in a day
- Time management skills are key as you can get lost in the web of information.
- Block time periods on your calendar (outlook for instance) that you will research jobs, apply for jobs, and networking events.
- Reconnect with old employers and let them know you are seeking another opportunity.
- This is a good time to also ask those you reported to and worked with for permission to use them as a reference.
- Last but not least you will need to create a tracking mechanism of jobs that you applied for so that you look organized and professional.
- You may use an excel spreadsheet, access database, etc.
- The data should contain at a minimum: company, website, contact name, phone, email, position name, date applied, associates (that work there from your linked-in research), interview date, interviewers name.