If you simply search a few online job boards then you are probably overwhelmed with the number of jobs available. Just a quick search on any of the major job boards will yield thousands of results. Then, when you do apply, you probably don’t even a get a response. When the economy is sagging and competition for every new opening is steep, it is time to think outside the box and renew your job search strategy.
You are probably aware that most businesses have websites that promote their products and services, but you may not know that these businesses often devote a section of their website to posting job openings. Try looking for a link to their job section in the footer. Sometimes the section may be called Human Resources or it called be Jobs or Career. If you can’t find it in the footer, try the site map. You should be able to find some kind of section of job opportunities at the company. They may also post openings in their About Us page. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find it, not all companies post job openings on their web page.
Getting Started Job Hunting
Your first goal should be to create a list of companies that you want to work for. There are lots of companies out there, but you should know which ones you would most like to work for. You should write down all the information you have about them. Use their website, Google or the Yellow Pages if you need to and make an entry for each company that looks like this:
* Company name
* Location of Job Listing
* Company location(s)
* Keyword – word(s) you typed in to find the listing
* Jobs posted
* Apply format – submit online, fax, mail in resume, etc.
* Contact info – name, phone, address, etc.
* Comments – any additional notes
Not every company updates their website daily with new job postings. You should however, check at least once a week to see if the job you are interested in is still available. If you have to call the human resources department and see if the position has been filled. There is nothing worse than wasting your time with a position that is already filled.
Added Note: Once you have your list of job postings you can use it to customize your resume and cover letter. Remember, companies like it when you show knowledge of their operations. They want to know that you do your research and are not just applying to every position you can. Particularly when you get an interview, you can mention you knowledge of the situation the employer is currently in. Highlight the skills you have that each company most wants and soon you will be getting those coveted interview spots.