For the Job Seeker – Job Search Basics / HR Office Savers

by, Alan Bernstein, President HR Office Savers

 

Once you have a compelling resume, you need to apply to jobs that are relevant and for which you are qualified. But how to find those jobs? Here are three ways you can find open positions:

Job Boards

The most popular internet job sites are Indeed and ZipRecruiter. Also try LinkedIn, Monster.com and locally Employ Florida.

Be sure and register on these sites to receive notifications of new openings. You may receive a lot of emails, and not all the jobs will be relevant, but all it takes is one good position to get you started.

These sites typically offer search capability so you can look for positions or companies based on a key word search. For example, you can type the word “painter” into the search box and jobs with the word “painter” will appear on a list.

Pro-tip: If you find a good position on one of these job boards, also look up the company’s website. They may have additional positions posted.

Internet Search

Google can be your best friend when searching for companies and open positions. You can type any combination of keywords into the Google search bar and a long list of possibilities will appear.

For example, you could type “manufacturing jobs in Brevard County” and go line by line to explore your options. Or you could type “Big companies in Melbourne” to explore different companies that may have jobs available.

Pro-tip: if you are looking for a job, you should spend at least one hour a day (or five hours a week) researching various companies and open positions to learn more about available openings.

Network

Join a chamber of commerce or your local rotary. Attend a job fair. Meet for lunch or coffee with an ex-coworker you haven’t seen in a while. Get out and network, whether in person or virtual.

Once you have identified a company of interest, connect on LinkedIn with someone who works there. Ask around if anyone knows someone at that company.

Pro-tip: Write a thank you note to anyone that helps you get connected.

In Conclusion

Activity begets activity. Every step you take is one step further to finding your new job.

Alan is the owner of HR Office Savers, Inc., an independent human resource consulting firm that supports small local businesses and individuals with their human resource needs, including staffing, compliance, and job search. Prior to launching his business, Alan held a series of Human Resource positions of increased responsibility at Harris Corporation, Honeywell International, GTSI Corp, and Verizon Wireless.  Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Buffalo, is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, and is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resource Management.HR Office Savers offers a full range of human resource support options, from employee relations to termination, including performance improvement plans and progressive discipline policies. Contact us today at www.HROfficeSavers.com.Promoting positive and sustained employment for both workers and employers!
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