By Courtney Federoff, JCS Career Center
Out of work? Not happy with your current position? Not sure how to find the right job? You’re not alone.
Many people struggle with figuring out the steps to finding a new position. Job leads may seem mysterious or impossible to navigate. But let me assure you, there are ways to find the perfect job lead which can eventually lead to your ideal position.
We know that most jobs today are never advertised. Instead, 65% – 85% of job seekers are finding their jobs through personal and/or online networking.* To give yourself the widest exposure, do both kinds of networking at the same time.
For personal networking, ask a friend or someone in the field you want to go into. They may be a good source and know of a job opening. Get yourself out there: make a call, send an email, visit a location, find out about a local Meetup. JCS offers Job Search Network Meetups throughout the year, where you can learn about current job search and recruiting trends, acquire tips on branding and social media strategies for an effective job search, and advance your interviewing and negotiating skills, while building a supportive network with other job seekers. For more information and to pre-register, visit www.meetup.com/Jewish-Community-Services-Job-Search-Network/ or call 410-843-7433.
Here are some wonderful online resources you can use to your advantage:
A simple Google search of your desired position can yield many options. Google can come up with locations, websites, and phone numbers you can use to further your job search. Explore these options.
Craigslist is another useful website where you can search for jobs in a particular category. However, beware of predatory ads that may ask for personal information. No jobs should need a credit card number or credit check as their first action. Most employers will contact you by phone once the initial contact has been made through the web.
“Indeed” is a wonderful search engine to help you find a position. Use a variety of key words that can describe your ideal job, e.g., If you are looking for a teaching position, try “teacher,” “professor,” “educator,” “school,” “college,” “high school,” etc.
“LinkedIn” is also a viable option to help you with your job search. It’s a good way to meet people in the field you are looking to start or further your career in. Like other social networking websites, you can search for people by your career of choice. Try to make a connection with a professional in your dream field. Search for keywords, like I mentioned with “Craigslist”.
Take the right steps to make your profile looks as professional as possible to attract the people you that you contact. You want to put your best foot forward right out of the gate. Try to establish a rapport with someone in your field. Once you get that foot in the door, it will be easier to find other people to help you along the way toward your goal position.
Also try thinking outside the box when looking for a position. Broaden your search. Don’t define what you are looking for too narrowly, and be open to options. One good example of this is Alex Brownstein. He purchased a website link on Google that would show up whenever employers he wanted to work for Google themselves.
The video below shows his tactic and how successful it turned out to be for him.
If you aren’t sure what kind of position or field you are looking for, you can get started by reading these JCS Work Wonders blogs: Informational Interviews by Lisa Cohn, Oct. 22, 2013, and Planning Your Career Path by Jamie Leboe, Jan. 14, 2014.
All of these avenues will guide you in the right direction to finding a position that is ideal for you. Just remember, it may take some time and hard work. Don’t give up. There are plenty of employers out there looking for someone hard working like you.
By Courtney Federoff, JCS Career Center
JCS offers a full range of career services. For more information about the JCS Career Center click here or call 410-466-9200.
*Pam Lassiter, “The New Job Security,” Bob McIntosh, www.recruitingblogs.com