How To Get Started with Your Job Search

There are many sites you can use to search for jobs, so where do you start? Here are the top three sites you can use for an effective job search.

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The job search process can be intimidating and daunting for most job seekers, regardless of the level of experience or career path. From freshly graduated professionals applying to entry-level jobs to seasoned veterans with years of experience looking to advance their careers, the job search process can demotivate even the most motivated professionals if not done correctly.

But that doesn’t have to be the case when you’re looking for a new job. When you use the right strategies, the online job search process can be exciting and lead to a great full-time employment opportunity.

In this article, we’ll cover the right steps to take to carry out a job search and land your next position quickly. Then we’ll go over some of the most popular ways to search for jobs online and how to find a job in your field that you actually like.

How To Quickly Find Your Next Job

Many people these days are in a frantic hurry to find their next job and therefore don’t have a well-thought-out plan in place when applying to a job opening. You may have been recently terminated from your current job or quit on your own, but that doesn’t mean your job search process should suffer because of a hasty approach.

The first step to swiftly find your next job is to make sure you first cover the basics. For starters, make sure your resume is up to date and correctly formatted. Most hiring managers and human resources departments prefer the reverse-chronological resume format, so if your resume isn’t in this format already when applying, it probably isn’t even being looked at.

The second step is to figure out what you truly want from your job search. Take some time to define your dream job and prioritize the things that are important to you, regardless of whether it’s a part-time or full-time job at a small business or large corporation. Whether that’s salary, job title, or job location, if you don’t have your priorities straight, you’ll be sending endless job applications with nothing to show for it.


Popular Ways To Search for a Job Online

Simply typing “job search sites” into Google will present you with seemingly endless sites to aid your job search. But the reality is that the vast majority of them won’t be of much actual aid to you. This is where a proper plan and strategy are needed. You don’t need to visit countless job sites to apply for jobs. Instead, narrow down the sites and tools you use and focus on them. The best and most commonly used ways to search for jobs online are LinkedIn, Facebook and Google.

LinkedIn is arguably the best way to search for jobs because of the quality of job posts and the extensive network available on the platform. LinkedIn is a social media platform tailored to professionals, so it only makes sense that it will be the best tool to use for your job search. In addition, LinkedIn is best for applying to professional jobs because of its reputable professional network. If you’re a professional, LinkedIn is the place to be.

Facebook is not only an excellent tool for connecting with friends and family but for landing jobs as well. Many companies today use the Facebook Marketplace to post jobs, so there are an endless number of excellent job posts you can apply to. Most job posts on Facebook aren’t as professionally oriented as those on LinkedIn, but you can still find great job opportunities across many industries. You can use Facebook to join groups and fan pages to network with other professionals and find your next job.

You can also use Google to effectively job search and apply to jobs. We don’t mean using Google to search for job sites to use, but instead to use Google’s “Jobs” feature to show you a list of all the available job posts in your area. To do this, go to Google and perform a simple search like “job + Project Manager job.”

Using Google’s Job feature will show you a list of links for all the available project manager jobs in your area. You will see links to job posts from commonly used job search sites, such as:

Google’s job feature is a great tool to use to slash the time you invest daily for job searching, regardless of your profession or industry. In addition, because all the jobs you’re interested in show up immediately, Google is a great tool to use to maximize your job search results.

How Do I Find Jobs in My Field?

Finding a job in the field you love isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Finding your dream job can be a breeze with the right approach and strategy in place.

The first step to an effective strategy for finding jobs in your field is to define what field you’re genuinely interested in and filter your job search based on it. This may seem obvious, but if you fine-tune the fields you’re interested in down to one instead of several fields that you can picture yourself working in, this will drastically improve your job search process.

You should prioritize what’s important for you in your next field and job. This will help to narrow down your job search criteria further. Once you’ve narrowed down your search criteria, tailor your resume to include keywords and skills from job posts that apply to the field you’re interested in.

Utilizing this strategy will significantly reduce your time job searching and help you land the perfect job in the shortest amount of time. For more on creating a resume that stands out and best showcases your skills and accomplishments for the job you want, visit our how to write a resume page.


FAQ: Job Search

Q: How should you use social sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to land a job?

  • Keep your social media profiles up to date. Polish up your profile so it’s presentable to potential employers.
  • Expand your social network by finding and connecting with other professionals in your field of interest.
  • On LinkedIn, build up your “first-degree” network (i.e., people you’re directly connected to), as it increases your exposure and access to other connections (second and third-degree).
  • On Facebook, connect with alumni from your university.
  • On Facebook and LinkedIn, follow your alumni college and search for past alumni currently employed at companies you’re interested in.
  • Network on LinkedIn after business hours and during business hours for Facebook.
  • Follow companies you’re interested in on Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Ask the connections in your network for an introduction with someone they’re connected to within the company you’re interested in.
  • Join professional groups (both online and offline), and maintain the connections.

Q: How should I prepare for a job search?

  • Update your resume to include all your relevant skills and accomplishments.
  • Perform a self-assessment to figure out your skills and what career you want.
  • Perform an audit of your social media accounts to ensure your profiles are presentable if/when an employer looks at them.
  • Join LinkedIn, if you haven’t already.

Q: What are some mistakes I should avoid in my job search?

  • Don’t start a job search and apply to everything that slightly interests you before knowing what you want.
  • Don’t send the same resume and cover letter to multiple posts in the labor market. Always customize your job application materials to fit the particular job you’re applying to.
  • Don’t wait for the perfect job post to appear before applying. Even if a job isn’t 100% what you’re looking for, it’s a good experience to go through the job application process, and potentially get practice with job interview questions. You may even be surprised and learn that the job is closer to what you want than you thought.