In today’s tough economic times, hunting a job is not an easy task. Whether you are looking for your first job, or planning to switch careers. What ever might be the case, getting that perfect job requires time, determination and dedication. The 2 most important things to understand before entering the job market are: 1) what are your ultimate career goals and 2) study your job market niche thoroughly to understand the current market situation. Learn whether or not the recession has hit your job market segment or is it at its booming stage. Prior homework and detailed studies will help you face the interview more confidently, plus you will be in a good position to ask for appropriate remuneration as per the industry norms.
In this social networking environment, job hunt includes more work rather then just checking job classified ads in the newspaper. Nowadays finding job means a proper network, using your internet skills to the optimum level, knowing area specific job boards and much more. Here, we have listed down some quick pointers to be kept in mind while you hunt for a job like a pro. Read on to get into the groove and feel lucky!
1- Know the Job boards in your Area:
Knowing area specific job board helps to a great extent. As this should help you to look for job directly in your preferred location. For e.g. If you are looking for jobs in UK then try out uk.gigajob.com OR if you are looking for job in any other area around the world than here is a huge list of country specific job boards to help you get started.
2- Networking & Referrals:
Yes this is the perfect time, to check your contact list and jot down the numbers or email address of all the people who can refer you in their company. As per stats approx. 35% of the companies rely on employee referrals, so this is the right time to take advantage. Give them a call and inform them about your job hunt and ask them if they could recommend you or tell you about a job opening. Also let them know your area of interest, but quickly don’t fail to mention that you are flexible to change domain, if that means more learning and increasing your knowledge base. A phone call is preferred, but if you are not able to reach on the phone, then do not hesitate to drop an email.
3- Use the Power of LinkedIn:
Almost all of us know about LinkedIn. This is a great place to network with recruiters and head hunters. First of all make sure that your profile is updated and you have gathered a couple of testimonials from some of your co-workers (of course if this is your first job, then you need not worry about testimonials). Join job groups and start connecting with prospective recruiters. On LinkedIn you will be able to find all sort of job group’s location specific, domain specific…etc.
4- Job Fairs:
Search the internet and see if there are any job fairs being held in colleges, libraries in your area. These job fairs are generally open for new graduates, but sometime they also allow experienced people. Take time to connect with prospective recruiters and do not fail to collect their business cards if possible.
5- Use the Power of Twitter:
Twitter is yet another micro blogging social networking site. Here you will be able to find jobs by using the discover feature. Search for #job, #Jobs, if you are looking for area specific jobs then type in #UKjobs, #londonjobs etc and you will be able to see real time job openings. Also you can follow us on twitter Gigajob_Uk to check out latest job opening in UK.
Hope you find these how to hunt for job tips useful.
Good luck with your job search!!