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Job Hunting Strategies

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With so many companies laying people off, and the abundance of job seekers, we all need all the extra help we can get to get that next job. Some essential strategic tools we all need to use can give us that edge. I've been on both sides of the interview desk and thought I would share some information I've picked up from experience and reading.

Here are some strategies that we can use to find that next job.
  • Flexible but realistic goals.
  • Make a list of a network of everyone you know personally, professionally and online.
  • A Resume that makes you stand out from the rest.
  • A plan that gets your resume out to the right people.
When looking for a job, the product you are selling is yourself. Namely the services you are offering your new employer. Your resume should tell your new employer, quickly, how you can help them make or save money. It's best to write down all your past accomplishments, and then use that list to convey how you can do the same for your new job.

Most resumes get tossed, I've been on both sides of the coin, though I've yet to perfect a resume. A resume should be crafted to fit the job you are applying for. Yes, that will take time, but that will also make you stand out from all other candidates who did not do this. At its best, a resume will function much like an ad or commercial, it will make the audience want to purchase what is being advertised. How do you do this? Make your resume easy to scan. Most resumes get only a few seconds before it gets tossed. If something catches the readers eye, you are one step closer to that job. Make sure you list "Areas of Expertise" and what "Values You offer" near the top of the resume.

Once crafted you need to get your resume out to your network and to recruiters. Posting your resume to niche job boards such as Dice (for IT) offer better results than general sites such as Monster. Here are some job boards you may know about and a few you may not.

Job Boards
  • Hotjobs
  • Monster
  • Dice (great for IT, I've found a job through this in the past)
  • Craigslist.org - look on this site, but choose the area (eg. NYC) that you are interested in finding a job.
  • Indeed.com - A search engine for jobs. It searches other job boards.
  • SimplyHired - Another search engine for jobs.

Are you looking for a new job? What tips do you have for us? What job boards do you use? If you have used any of the above with good results, please share your experience with us.

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4 comments:

Craig said...

Excellent advice. I also would recommend updating social networks and utilizing those to network and join groups and add to discussions to help. I have a brother graduating college soon and he is looking for a job, very difficult.

FrugalNYC said...

@Craig

Thanks for your comment Craig. I agree, updating social networks is becoming the new norm. Networking by far is still the best and mos effective way to find a job.

The current market is much harder than in the recent past. But always remember it is also one of the biggest opportunities to come along in a long time.

Building experience through real work training via internship (paid or unpaid), doing volunteer work and other methods are great. It helps you build resume, credibility and gives you additional exposure to your field of choice and quite possibly company of choice.

banking deals said...

Job hunt all week and make sure you have fun to do at the weekend.
Job hunt like it is your job, if you get me. Get up on time, do the job of job hunting (plenty of things to do like make a good CV for each company), finish at a set time, water plants, cook food, eat, relax, walk the dog (or someone elses for a small fee)...

FrugalNYC said...

@banking deals,

Great tips. Looking for a new job should be viewed as a Full time job. Getting creative at this new "job" can land you a new full time position that you seek much faster. If you just do the job hunting like most folks do their permanent jobs, without enthusiasm or creativity, it will be much harder to find a permanent position. Look for any new ways to stand out and continue to look for ways to do things different and better.

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