Strategy 2: Searching for Jobs

After Step One of your strategy (putting your resume out there so recruiters can find you),
step two involves
you finding them; in other words, this second strategy involves you search-
ing for jobs. Keep in mind, too, that many of the places where you can post your resume are
also places where you can search for jobs.

As you're searching, think about these key criteria as they relate to jobs, and what would
make them either acceptable to you, or not:

  • What pay / salary range are you looking for? What are you willing to accept?
  • How far are you willing to drive / commute? Are you willing to relocate?
  • Are you looking for a lateral move, or an advancement?
  • What type of job and responsibilities will be a good match for you?
  • What corporate culture is important to you?
  • What responsibilities are you looking to take on?

Note: It's critically important, as you look for new jobs, that you keep track of the
companies and jobs you find, as well as the various actions you've taken in the
application and interview process. To effectively keep track of all this information
I've created the "Job-Seeker's Tool Box" that should absolutely be used as a key
aspect of your job search process; click
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Here are the places I highly recommend you spend time in searching for jobs.
Job Boards
You should be checking Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com for jobs
on a regular basis. Actually, there's one more website that you should
absolutely be using, and
by far it's the most powerful tool you can
use--and it's free! I've written an article to teach you all about it; it's
bundled with a couple other important articles, and you'll find them on
the "Products and Services" page above.
Google Maps
Be sure to read my article entitled “Dig for Buried Employment Treasures!”

Job Fairs
In this tough economy, job fairs aren't as common as they used to be, but this may still be a
worthwhile venture. Go to Google.com and do a search using “job fair” as your keyword (and
be sure to use quotation marks), then your zip code. For example:

    “job fair” 10021

Using your zip code won't limit the results to specifically that zip code, rather the results will
also include the surrounding area. If in fact your search produces results, go to each job fair’s
website if they have one to get more specific information, and determine if the focus of the job
fair is for you. If you can determine it's not a match because they're focusing on a different
type of job than what you're looking for, then you've saved your precious time by not attend-
ing. If you
do attend a job fair, be prepared with crisp, clean copies of your resume in a nice
portfolio, dress appropriately, and be on your “A-Game‟ the entire time you're there, because
your interview starts the moment you walk in the door.

Networking
Networking with others should be one aspect of your comprehensive strategy to find a new
job, because it may possibly provide some very valuable leads. Let people in your circle of
family, friends, acquaintances and neighbors know you're looking for a new job. Talk to them
about opportunities at the companies where they work. If you have an account on networking
sites such as FaceBook, MySpace or Twitter, make sure there's nothing on there that would
cause a recruiter to pass you by, if they were to see it; recruiters are using these sites more
and more as a means of learning about potential candidates. You can also go to LinkedIn.
com and click on the Jobs tab, but this is a newer function on LinkedIn so the number of jobs
is more limited.

Local Newspaper
This may be a very important source of job postings if you live in a smaller rural area, but it's  
of less value in larger metropolitan areas; still, you should check it out at least once to see if
you can find relevant job postings that you haven't found through other means.

Additional Places to Search for Jobs
  • Professional association websites
  • Professional journals
  • Your alma mater
  • Your state’s employment services office (click here for a complete list of offices)
  • Craigslist
  • Employment Agencies
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