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If you don’t know about a job, you probably won’t apply for it. That is why when you get serious about entering the job market — for the first time or returning — make sure that you have an effective routine that guarantees that you don’t miss the job opening that can be perfect for you.
Doing so requires an initial time to set up your notifications and send some e-mails but once established, the maintenance should not be time-consuming. Keep in mind, there are always new platforms and changing locations that are popular with employers, so even if you got your last job through a certain venue like newspaper classifieds or a website, make sure you look through the others.
Here are a few points that can get you started quickly and on the right track.
Find out your top resources whether they are in traditional media like newspapers or online. Make a list of the top resources and make sure that you’re subscribed to them. In today’s job market, many resources have presence online, so it is important — and probably cheaper — to visit websites and bookmark the job pages as a group that you check every morning.
Don’t forget the many different job resources, like industry associations, recruitment agencies and individual employers’ websites. Although you need to make sure that you don’t miss any, try to be selective to ensure that your list of resources is effective.
Although job notifications may be annoying, they can be extremely helping if your search criteria are set appropriately. When you ask to be alerted to a certain type of jobs, try to be specific without limiting your opportunities. For example, specify the industry and the location, but not the years of experience.
Anything that might be flexible at the end of the employer or your end should be left unselected. By doing so, you will make sure that you get just the right number of jobs — not too many that you tone them out or too little that the function turns useless.
If you have a handful of employers that you’d be particularly interested in working with them, reach out. Explain your interest, inquire about openings and (if there are not any) where you can find them in the future. If you do get a response (because many times you may not get one), it will be very useful. First, this means you’ve got through to a person who may remember you in the future, and second you may be able to get some insider information about if any positions are likely to open soon and where you will be able to see the advertisement. This should give you a head start on the entire process.
What if you don’t get an answer? You won’t really lose much. No employer will hold it against you that you’ve inquired about openings. On the contrary, you resume might be saved for future reference. With that in mind, go ahead and email the human resources departments or the supervisors of your desired position with your interest.
Do some research and ask experts in your industry and job market about the best way to land a job. You may be surprised how different one industry is from another. For example, you may find newspaper classifieds or online posts are the best for many industries, but if you’re looking for a community-related job (like childcare or housekeeping), hitting the online forums is rewarding. Similarly, major job websites can be dominated by large employers who can afford membership fees, while smaller companies may be trying their luck in less popular venues.
With that in mind, think about the resource of your future employer as well as yours, and find out the most likely venues for their job ads.
Word of mouth
What’s better than knowing about a job? Knowing about a job first. Spread the word about your job hunting. Within reason and as long as you don’t jeopardise your current job, make your friends and contacts aware of your interest in new jobs. By doing so, you are more likely to get a word about a potential opening or even get recommended for a job before it hits the market. This places you ahead of others, a fortunate position to start from.
Source: Rania Oteify, Special to gulfnews.com
The writer, a former Gulf News Business Features Editor, is a Seattle-based editor.