Online Job Search Tips
Being a twenty-something looking for a job in this economy isn’t easy. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your chances of finding a job as you conduct your job search online. Here are some of the things you can try out:
Everyone uses craigslist. Hundreds of people apply to the same job openings you’re applying to on craigslist. That means that the chances of you landing an interview for a job posted on craigslist are pretty slim, unless you’re an absolutely perfect fit for the job.
Visit Individual Company Websites
Before an employer puts a job posting on craigslist, they’ll usually put it on their website. So, make a list of all the companies you’re interested in working for in your area, and regularly visit the websites of those companies. Additionally, you may want to use a job search engine like Indeed.com to help you find job postings that are related to your field.
Consider Cold Emailing
According to the well-known job search book, What Color is Your Parachute, one of the best ways to get a job is to contact companies and ask about job opportunities before they’ve advertised any job openings. So, you might consider taking another look at the list of companies you want to work for. Go to those company websites and find the contact information of the appropriate hiring managers. Once you have that information, shoot an email detailing how much you’d be interested in working for the company if positions become available. Oh, and don’t forget to attach your résumé.
Don’t Lose Momentum
Even if you’ve sent hundreds of résumés out and filled out hundreds of online applications and you still haven’t found a job, don’t give up. At some point, you will email your résumé to the right person, and you will find a job. No one ever said it was going to be easy. But no one will tell you it’s impossible either. Keep your head up, stay confident, and keep up the hard work!