6 Best Ways to Find a Job in 2016

In Job Search
April 26, 2016

Best Ways to Find a Job

Both the shotgun and tunnel-vision approach to job hunting tend to take longer than we want when looking for a new position. Luckily, there are steps you can take to dramatically improve your odds of getting a response from employers and landing more interviews. Here are the best ways to find a job in 2016.

Many job seekers rely on only one strategy that they’ve successfully used in the past, but this approach can be time-consuming and inefficient. Maybe you need a new job today, tomorrow, or by the end of the week, at the latest. If so, having a sense-of-urgency about your hunt may not be enough. Implement the following strategies and start seeing better results, faster.

Best Ways to Find a Job in 2016:

6. Improve Your Online Presence

One of the best ways to find a job today is simply to make yourself more visible, and the best way to do that is through social media and/or blogging. If you don’t already have fully updated Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles, you are unfortunately behind the times. More and more, recruiters are looking to these sites to scout out not only those that apply, but potential candidates as well.

Getting your profile up-to-date is only one aspect though. Once the foundation is built, you should look to make as many industry connections as possible. Get involved in social media groups to discuss opportunities with like-minded individuals who want the same thing as you. Many more jobs are filled on a yearly basis due to networking, and getting to know people online can go a long way to finding the right connection.

Also, if you don’t already have your own blog or other website, consider creating a simple one for yourself that shows off the work you’ve done and makes contacting you easy. Drive traffic to your site by posting links on your social media accounts and the aforementioned groups, as well as any sites designed to answer questions like Yahoo! Answers and Quora.

Learn more about social networking

5. Personally Contact Recruiters

With social media becoming more influential by the year, it’s becoming much easier to find the hiring decision-makers in your industry. First, make a list of potential employers in your area that are hiring for the jobs you’re searching for. Then, prioritize that list based on things like how practical it would be for you to be hired, salary, and/or work environment. This list is largely subjective since not all job-seekers and searching for the same thing.

Once you have your list made, find the recruiters, hiring managers, or other HR professionals that manage hiring for the company and note their contact information. When it comes to contacting these people, we recommend sending an email first explaining your interest in the positions at their company and why you’d be a great candidate. If you intend to contact them via phone call, give them a fair amount of notice, about a week, before actually making the call. These are very busy people and you want to be aggressive in pursuing the job but not so much that it looks like you are not respectful of their time.

4. Contact Alumni & Other Contacts From College

Whether you just recently graduated or have been on the job market for years, it’s never too late to make use of the contacts you made in college. More than likely, most of the people you shared a classroom with are either working in the industry, or a closely related field, or are in a similar situation as yourself. Don’t hesitate to share information and leads with these individuals as they may feel obligated to return the favor, providing you with the lead you need in the future.

Don’t discount former professors or other mentors that may be useful in your search either. They can be more connected than those in the job market as some coordinate events with industry leaders in your area.

3. Attend Local Hiring Events

Hiring events happen all the time, but many people never take notice. A good place to start, again, is with the local university or college’s career center as they’re generally involved with most major companies in the area. Even if you never attended the school, calling them up or visiting their site to find a schedule of upcoming events can give you an edge in your job search that others aren’t aware of. Career fairs happen often and they’re usually open to the public.

Additionally, look for other networking opportunities and events around town like conventions, conferences, training seminars, or anything else where people who you’d like to work with will be in the same room. Go out of your way to meet the more influential people in your field and make connections that can ultimately cut the time it takes to find a job in half.

Learn more about networking at conventions & job fairs

2.Online Career Portals & Job Sites

The internet has taken over the modern era, and the traditional job search is no more. No more sending out letters or going into the business itself to apply for a position. New methods of communication have streamlined the application process and job boards are a central component to this new system.

Sites like HospitalCareers.com offer job seekers they types of jobs they’re searching for, in one location, and allows for a more efficient use of their time. To use sites like ours to their fullest, it’s important to include all information about yourself, making yourself more easily discoverable. No matter which site you end up going with (it may be several), make sure your profiles is 100% complete and you’ve uploaded several resumes for the positions you’re seeking.

Learn more about using job boards

1. Networking

More positions are filled through this method than any other. Personal recommendations remain the best way to land the interview, so it’s vitally important to tap into the people you know for help. Even those that are not involved in your particular field may be useful as they may know someone who is. Regardless, use social media to contact former coworkers and let your friends and family know that you’re on the hunt for a new position.

Employers will typically ask current employers for recommendations to fill a position they desperately need. From their perspective, searching for the right candidate can cost hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars. They want to avoid any unnecessary costs, so if someone recommends a qualified friends of theirs, they are more likely to make time to interview them than someone that nobody at the company knows.To bottom line it, get to know more people in your industry and keep a dialog open with them. Make sure they’re aware that you’re on the market, and make sure you let the know if you’ve found something as well. Don’t waste their time or they may not help you in the future.

Do you find these tips helpful? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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