The good news is there are multiple ways to search for jobs in this electronic information age. The not so good news is that it can be difficult to establish a personal connection with online applications. There are many ways to find jobs, but some helpful hints on how to actually get a job are also needed.
First things first. Contact an online resume expert and get your resume updated so it is factual and appealing to an employer. The resume sites provide many links to job finders on the Internet. You will receive daily emails from all the links where you subscribe.
Local staffing agencies can also be useful. These agencies vet prospective employees and do a lot of work for the employer. For this reason, some employers will only hire through a staffing agency. You stand a pretty good chance of at least getting an interview. Even if you do not get hired, the interview is an opportunity to practice your self presentation skills. Making a good impression could create a future employment opportunity.
In addition to staffing agencies which typically fill entry level to mid level positions, there are professional job finders, sometimes referred to as head hunters which assist with executive level positions. If you are searching for a position at the executive level, head hunters are your best chance. Often these jobs are not included in other resources.
Search the Internet using the term professional job finders and you will find agencies that use the terms recruitment and career placement. Another search for the top ten recruiting agencies will show reviews and information to help find the most appropriate professional job finder.
It is common knowledge that the most opportune time to find a job is when you are already employed. Larger companies often have job boards where they post vacancies. Companies often like to hire from within, so this gives you an advantage over outside applicants.
Job search engines are a quick and easy way to search. It is easy to narrow your searches to the fields in which you have experience and the city or town where you want to work. Everything is done online, so if you are able to get an interview, you have scored.
Social media sites geared toward professionals have positions posted which are updated regularly. These positions will be matched to the profile that you created when you joined the site. If you are using the site to link to other professionals on a regular basis there is a good chance that you may know someone at the company that is looking to fill a vacancy.
Regardless of what paths you take to locate employment, set a high standard for yourself to always behave professionally. For every online application you complete, follow up with hard copies of your resume and cover letter. If you have interviews, they should be followed up the next day with a well written thank you note. The process can be tedious, but patience and persistence will eventually get the desired result, employment.