Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Where to Look for a New Job

Some people say looking for a job will be the hardest job you will ever have.  

The Obvious Places

Employers may post openings on websites such as www.Indeed.com, www.LinkedIn.com, or www.CareerBuilder.com. These easy-access advertisements may be a good place to start. Because of their obvious nature, they also attract a high volume of responses and make the competition for these positions even more intense.  

The Hidden Job Market

While mass media provides a place where companies can draw a large sample of lower skilled workers from the labor pool, many more desirable positions are not publicly advertised. Companies seeking highly-skilled workers to fill specific areas of responsibility may employ recruiters and head hunters to find talent.  By contacting the Human Resources department of companies in the industry you would like to work, you can gain access to the internally-communicated list of job openings. You may ask to send your resume directly to the HR department of a company for whom you would like to work.  

Some job seekers in order to keep active in the job search resort to cold calling companies and ask if they are hiring. This practice is usually ineffective, although a call at the right time to the right place could be the rare exception. Your time would likely be better spent networking with people in the industry and building up social contacts that will lead to a job when one opens up. A referral is usually the best way to get an interview. 

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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