Job Hunt 5 – The Search For Job Postings

Finally!  After 4 long weeks of writing and revising your resumes and cover letters we’ve made it to the actual search for jobs!

Just one question…where the heck do we go to look for these jobs?  Do I just Google the type of job I want?  Do I just type “local jobs” into Google?  Where the heck do people find these jobs?

Back when I was looking for jobs for the first time, I was completely and utterly lost.  I didn’t know what was out there, I had no idea what I wanted to do, I didn’t even have a starting point.  I had known people at work that had gotten new jobs, but I am not the best with staying in touch with people once I’ve left a company, and I felt awkward reaching out to them since so much time had passed since we last spoke.  I didn’t want hand outs or sympathy jobs, and I didn’t want to bother people as I was sure they had put the old company and all old colleagues behind them.

I turned to the two places I thought would have jobs, and I only turned there because I saw them advertised so heavily.  Monster and CareerBuilder.

Let me start by saying that Monster and CareerBuilder have great advertisements.  They’ll boast they have the most job listings anywhere, and a really high employment rate.  What they don’t tell you in these advertisements is the quality of the job postings on their site.   This is the real key factor into success.

At the time, I had about 3 years of sales experience, so I thought to myself “why change, I can sell stuff…kinda…sorta…maybe?”  So I ticked the box on Monster and CareerBuilder for “sales”, what I got on there was a lot of cell phone sales jobs for Cricket Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint.  I also got a lot of “spam” style job posts.  Postings for jobs boasting that you can “make $100,000 a year while working from home!” and things of that sort.  We’re going to get into these types of postings in a minute, but Monster and CareerBuilder are loaded with these types of posts.

I would heavily advise you to stay as far away from Monster and Careerbuilder as humanly possible.  It’s going to take a lot of work for you to find a job post worthy of your skills and that isn’t a scam.  You can’t spend a majority of your time weeding through garbage job postings, you need a solid source of reputable companies posting positions, so you can maximize how many resumes you send out in a day.

When searching for jobs, know that it is 100% a numbers game.  It isn’t about only applying for the 2 or 3 jobs you want, it’s about applying for every position you are qualified/underqualified for.

“Woah, woah, woah, Onesheet…you want me to apply for jobs I’m underqualified for?”

I absolutely do – but let me quickly clarify what I mean when I say underqualified.  When I say underqualified, I mean jobs that might be a position or two higher than where you are currently at OR jobs that have a very overwhelming description but similar title to what you have held in the past.

For example – I had three years of sales experience, I was planning on getting another sales job using that experience, however, I also shifted and applied to sales management roles as well.  It was a small jump in position, however it showed that I valued myself and my skills.

Companies nowadays operate with a much tighter budget.  You’re going to hear/see the phrase “wear different hats” quite a bit.  What that means is, you’re going to do several pieces of work that will be right in the job description…but you’re also going to do a lot of work that isn’t within your job description, however it is closely related.

For a salesperson that might mean not only making the sales, but also chasing down the payments if they are late, or making sure everything gets shipped on time.  It will be rare that you find that there is a specified person for each part of your daily job responsibilities.

Another thing I want to mention – don’t let job descriptions intimidate you.  9 times out of 10 what these job descriptions are doing is weeding out people who don’t have a lot of self confidence, and thinning the influx of resumes that HR will receive to only really determined candidates.  There is a lot of stuff that you won’t be tasked with doing that the job description says you will.

Let the HR person determine if you are fit for a position, don’t rule yourself out before you even send your resume over!

Now that we have an idea of what to expect, where should we go to look for jobs?

We’ve already addressed the bad – so let’s look at the good!

LinkedIn

In my opinion – LinkedIn is the best site you’re going to find for job postings.  LinkedIn is the professional business networking site.

Here is why I like LinkedIn jobs so much.  Since so many professionals use LinkedIn, it makes sense that they would turn to LinkedIn for job postings as well.  LinkedIn has a very easy to use job search bar.  You can search for jobs by your zip code and see what’s around you, you can search by job title, you can even have recruiters reach out to you and work with you!

I have worked with a recruiter I found via LinkedIn and she was very nice and easy to work with.  She landed me several great interviews as well.

If you’re curious about average salaries in your area for your job, you can look that up as well!  This is a great leveraging tool when either going into salary negotiations for a new job, or trying to get a raise at your current job.

My favorite part about applying to jobs on LinkedIn – there are 2 ways to apply typically.  One way you can apply is by being directed to a company website and filling our their online application – this is more common with larger companies.  The second way is the best.  The other way that you can apply to jobs on LinkedIn is by emailing the person who posted the job!  Now you have a name, a title, their work history, and most importantly, a contact to follow up with!

Bringing that personal aspect into the job search is huge!  You don’t find that with many other sites.

Indeed

Indeed is a great site as well.  It is a larger website like CareerBuilder and Monster, but they don’t have as many spam postings as the other two do.  Indeed also has a really nice selection of jobs on there for you to choose from.

They have a salary finder as well as a company review tool on there as well!  It’s a basic site so there is little to no confusion about how to use it.

The last site I have is a little more niche, however I still feel it is important to list….

Dice

Dice is a job search website for technology based positions only.

I feel this is important to list because of how critical a role technology plays in our everyday lives.  If you have any interest in technology and want to get into the IT side of the house, Dice.com is your ticket.

Large company jobs

If you are looking to get into a large company, like Sears Holdings, Amazon, etc your best bet it going to be to go to their website directly and search for resumes via their internal system.  You will find these large company’s postings on the sites mentioned above, however typically if you want to work at a large corporation you need a laser focus on it.  By going to their specific website to look for jobs, you can now narrow and apply to everything inside the large corporation that interests you!

That’s all there is to it!  If you are serious about looking for a job, I would recommend aiming for sending out between 10-20 resumes every single day of the week.  You can do it at home at night while you watch TV.  Remember, this is a numbers game.  The more resumes you submit, the more opportunities you have to interview.  If you can do 10 resumes a day that’s 50-70 resumes a week, or if you’re ambitious and do 20 resumes a day that’s 100-140 resumes a week!

Bits of advice

  1. Searching for a job takes time.  It is rare that you will submit a resume Monday, get a call Tuesday, interview Wednesday, sign a contract Thursday, and quit on Friday.  Searching for the right job for you could take months!  It could take hundreds of phone interviews, and a lot of in person interviews before you find a job that you enjoy.  Be patient!  You’re going to be upset on days when you get rejections or even worse, hear nothing.  You’re going to get frustrated when other people get jobs instead of you.  Use this as fuel to your fire!  Don’t give up!  The right job is out there for you, you just have to find it!
  2. Be assertive!  That is assertive NOT aggressive.  Do not be afraid to email/call HR people and ask about the job.  There job is to find the right people, and what HR likes to see is people who desire the job.  The last job I got, I ran the interview process.  I had sent 55 emails to the HR person scheduling interviews, asking for status updates, etc.  They need to see you are hungry to work for the company!  Also, they have hundreds of resumes flooding their desk.  By calling or emailing and staying in front of them you guarantee that you will stay at the forefront of their mind.
  3. CONTACTING HR REPRESENTATIVES IS NOT TABOO!  Don’t listen to people who tell you not to contact HR, it’s a load of bull.  You stay on top of them!  If you don’t get the job ask why!  They will tell you where you fell flat on your interview/resume and you can then fix that issue so you improve for your next interview.

If you have questions please leave a comment below or on Facebook!  I’m happy to help answer any of your questions!

 

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