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The Two Best Ways to Find a Job All in One
A recent survey of 200 large employers in the U.S. identified the top two ways they recruited new employees. Number one was referrals; number two was job boards. Between them, those two sources accounted for over half of the people the organizations hired in 2010. While these findings are helpful, however, they also raise two important questions: First, how do you find out which job boards employers are using and second, how do you make referrals work for you?
There are over 100,000 job boards now operating on the Web. Collectively, they post over two million job openings each and every day. That’s a lot of opportunity, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. How do you figure out which job boards will work best for you?
Most of us know the largest and most famous of those sites – Monster and CareerBuilder.com. They provide access to job openings in virtually every profession, craft and trade and in every location on the planet. Other sites such as Indeed and Simply Hired aggregate job postings from a number of sites and then link you back to them for application. And finally, there are tens of thousands of small, niche sites that specialize in a particular occupation, industry, geographic location or affinity. They range from AllRetailJobs.com, a site for all kinds of positions in the retail industry, to VetJobs.com, a site for military personnel transitioning into the private sector/
All of these sites post job ads, but no one site can connect you with all of the employers posting jobs or to all of the jobs they are posting online. For that reason, you have to use a number of sites to optimize your access to the openings employers are currently trying to fill. I suggest you use an approach I call The 5:1 Method. It looks like this: 2GP + 3N = 1GJ.
The 2GP stands for two general purpose sites. They give you the broadest possible access to job openings in the workplace. These sites could be Monster and CareerBuilder.com or any of the dozens of other sites that post recruitment ads in a wide cross section of career fields, industries and locations.
The 3N stands for three niche or specialized sites. They give you the deepest possible access to job postings in the workplace. Pick one site that specializes in your career field, one that focuses on your industry, and one that serves the geographic area where you live or want to work.
And finally, the 1GJ stands for one great job. If you pick the right five sites and visit them regularly, you will dramatically increase your chances of finding the one great job for you.
How can you determine which sites to use? Check with friends and colleagues to see which sites they’ve found worked best. If you can, talk to a recruiter or hiring manager in your field or industry and get their recommendations. If you’re feeling adventurous, use Goggle, Yahoo! or Bing to do your own research online. And finally, of course, you can tap into the research that’s already been done and published in books and other references, including WEDDLE’s 2011/12 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet.
The Application Two-Step
Once you’ve found the five best sites for your job search, the next step is to use them effectively. Unfortunately, most job seekers think that you use a job board today the same way you did before the recession. You don’t. Our slow-moving recovery has meant that a job posting now generates dozens, sometimes hundreds and occasionally even a thousand or more applications. If all you do is hit the Apply button, therefore, the chances are high that you will be lost in the herd, even if you are well qualified for the opening.
What’s the alternative? Practice The Application Two-Step.
Step 1: First, prove that you care enough to invest some time in your application. Never submit a generic resume, but instead, always tailor your resume to the specific requirements of the opening. Second, prove that you can follow directions. Submit your resume exactly as instructed in the job posting. If the ad says to attach it, don’t embed it in an email message. If it says to embed the document, don’t attach it. Recruiters are typically juggling fifteen or more openings at any one time, so they have no time or patience for anyone who colors outside the lines.
Step 2: Since your application will inevitably be one of many, immediately begin networking to find one of two kinds of people who have a very specific attribute: They are someone you know or someone with whom you share an affinity (e.g., you both are members of the same professional association or graduated from the same college) and they work at the organization with the opening. Reach out to them and ask if they will walk your resume into the HR Department and refer you to the recruiter who’s working on it. That referral will virtually guarantee that your resume will be reviewed and your candidacy seriously considered.
In today’s job market, the key to success is optimizing what you do and how you do it. You want to maximize your effectiveness while minimizing any inefficiencies in the process. Or, to put it another way, you should use the two best ways to find a job all in one.
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The Zagat of Online Employment Resources
The American Staffing Association called it the “Zagat of online employment resources.” Published every other year since 1999, WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet is the Gold Standard of guidebooks to the 100,000+ job boards, social media sites and career portals now operating on the Web.
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