Taking the right steps toward landing your next great job – or your first one, if you are graduating this spring – is critical if you intend to get your desired results more quickly. The more diverse and energetic your job search efforts are, the better. Add these tips to your strategy as you move forward in your career:
Utilize professional organizations in your field.
National, regional and local professional organizations exist in part to help their members with career development. Contact and consider joining the association that will help you the most in your job search efforts.
Look for job postings on their websites and/or in their printed publications.
Get involved. Join the organization that is most relevant to your industry, become part of a committee or work group, attend events, and get to know people in your area of interest.
Apply directly to companies that interest you.
If you know you want to work for certain companies, send a well-written and tailored cover letter and resume directly to them.
Do your homework. Visit company websites to learn as much as you can about them. If necessary, make a call to find out the right person to contact.
Network. And then network some more!
Ultimately, your successful job search is about people. Let everyone in your life know that you’re looking for a job, and give them an idea of what type of position you are seeking. You never know when a connection will “click” and result in a solid lead.
Keep in contact with people within your desired industry. Even if they have no current leads for you, you’ll be on their radar screen when they hear of an appropriate opportunity.
Don’t let online connections override personal ones. Of course, you need to connect with the right people on LinkedIn and via other social platforms. But you will continue to do your most effective networking on a one-on-one basis.
Participate in job fairs.
Many cities, as well as professional organizations, colleges and universities, host job fairs throughout the year. It’s worth your time to attend. These are opportunities to meet directly with employers and recruiters.
Work with a professional career expert.
Partnering with a professional recruiter or coaching expert can help you not only find the right match in your next job, but set direction for your long-term career strategy. Choose a niche firm that specializes in your industry and capitalize on their contacts, knowledge and expertise.
At Select Group, Inc., we know how critical it is to make the right decisions as you realize your job search objectives. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals for today, tomorrow and the future.