Where to Search for Jobs? The Answer might Surprise You

Get Hired Fast - where to search for jobsOnline job boards have made applying for jobs easier than ever. With just a few mouse clicks and a bit of cut-and-paste, job seekers can spend their entire days applying to jobs they find posted at the best job search websites. Problem is this is far from the most effective way to find a new job. If you want to land new work in these challenging times, you need to know where to search for jobs.

Resisting the Job Board Temptation

Job boards are a strong temptation. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re being productive when you apply for the positions listed on them.

Unfortunately, your chances at landing a position through an online job board are small, at best. Recruiters and human resources professionals receive hundreds of resumes every day for every online job ad they place. And not all of these applications are from people unqualified for the position. Many, in fact, come from applicants who are just as qualified as you are for the open position.

This means that your odds of even receiving an interview from an online job posting are miniscule.

Social Media, Networking

There is hope, though. You can dramatically increase your odds of landing job interviews by networking and taking advantage of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and, Facebook.

Networking remains the best way to find a job today. Talk to your business associates on a regular basis. Schedule a lunch-time meeting with your former boss. Meet your past co-workers after working hours. And during these meetings, ask if they can help you in your job search.

Your past boss might know of a company in your field that is expanding. A former co-worker might be willing to write you a personalized letter of recommendation. Another past co-worker might be know of a colleague that is hiring, and might be willing to personally introduce you to this colleague. All of this can give you an advantage in your job search efforts.

Then take to social media. Tell your followers on LinkedIn and Twitter that you are looking for work. Make sure they know why you’d make a good hire. You might be surprised at how many of your online followers respond with either job search advice or hot job leads that never show up on the online job boards.

Career Help

This is far from an easy time to find work. Fortunately, with the rise of social media and by focusing on networking, you can boost your job search efforts. Just make sure to spend as little time as possible applying to those impossible-to-get online job postings.

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