By: Mercey Livingston
We’ve all been there: either you’re currently at a job you dread going to every day, are starting to feel stagnant in your current role, or you are a fresh out of college, wide-eyed grad and you’re ready to dive into a new career.
No matter which category we find ourselves in, job searching is something that can become a daunting process. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, embrace the search by learning some simple tips and tricks that will save you time and frustration.
Here are a few hacks we’ve found that can be immensely helpful during the job search.
1. Set Google Alerts for your favorite companies
Have a dream company that you are dying to work for? Set up Google Alerts for the company and you will get an email every time they are mentioned online. Even better: add the words “career opportunities” or “job” so you will be the first to hear when they are hiring. Another tip: go to the company website and bookmark their “careers” or “job opportunities” page and be sure to check it regularly.
2. Use employment websites wisely
There are plenty of great websites out there that list tons of job opportunities. It’s always great to find out about jobs first through connections or your network, but websites like Indeed, Monster, and Glassdoor are all great places to start. It’s also a good idea to find out if your industry has a specific job board site. For example, the publishing/media industry frequently use sites like Ed2010, MediaBistro, and BookJobs.com. Sometimes employers will list jobs exclusively on those industry-specific sites.
3. Don’t forget to utilize Linkedin!
We all know that it’s important to maintain a professional presence online and in social media, and Linkedin is a key component of online presence. But, don’t forget that Linkedin is more than a “professional” version of your Facebook profile, but a place to reach out and make connections. If the company you want to work for has a Linkedin page, be sure to check and see if you have any mutual connections that work there. If not, see if anyone shares a similar “group” as you, such as a shared sorority or college alum group. It never hurts to ask for someone to help make an introduction for you if you (politely) introduce yourself and the ask for help.
4. Go to networking events (obviously!)
At Six Degrees Society, we believe that nothing beats making an in-person connection. Meeting people in fun environments, like at Six Degrees Society events, is a great way to make meaningful personal and professional connections. When you do meet people, be sure to put it out into the universe that you are looking for a job. Simply communicating what you want to others is such an important first step. You never know who you will meet, or if someone can make an introduction for you. More often than not, people love to help others in this type of situation. We all know what it’s like to be starting out in our careers or wanting to make a change.
5. Engage on social media if you want to move to a new city
If you don’t live in the city you want to work in, or can’t attend as many in-person networking events, then don’t underestimate the power of social media. Twitter is a great place to follow people in your industry and make connections with a future employer. Make sure your social media profiles are up to date and paint an accurate picture of you professionally. If your Instagram profile is public, be sure that it is professional and that you are following companies you love. Many companies post job listings on Instagram or other platforms first, so be sure that you are the first to know when an opportunity opens up!