Are you using the latest job search strategy?

help wantedDo you remember what job searching was like a while ago?  Create on resume and have several copies made.  Then you would read the help wanted ads in the newspaper; circle the ones that interested you, and sent one of your resumes to the company with a cover letter. 

Today’s job search is different.  Instead of one resume with multiple copies, you have several resumes each targeted toward the job, you are applying for.  A job opening that you could have found any number of places.  It could have been from the internet, from a friend, or maybe from the newspaper.  It is still possible to find jobs from the newspaper, but the chances are significantly reduced today.  You can look at the newspaper’s online edition.  But it’s highly likely that the newspaper is working with Career Builder, Monster or another job board. 

The internet has changed the way we look for jobs.  Companies post openings on their website.  There are job boards with thousands upon thousands of jobs listed.  LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ are other places on the web that you can search for a job.  These are examples of an active job search.  Additionally, you conduct a passive job search by creating a presence on social media and letting people know you are available for opportunities. 

It is estimated that over 85% of all jobs are attained through networking.  People connect and build relationships with others hoping find job leads.  If you have a smart phone, you can use it to find a job.  Using particular job search apps and always being available to recruiters makes your phone a necessity when you are job searching. 

Long gone are the days of one resume and a newspaper.  Today there is more to a job search that those two things.  A job search has to stay current on the latest trends and technologies not only in their profession, but, also in the job search.    Are you using the latest and greatest methods to get a job?  If you are, what are you doing?   What do you think about the latest job search strategies?

3 Comments to "Are you using the latest job search strategy?"

  1. Angie Schaffer-von Scheffelheim's Gravatar Angie Schaffer-von Scheffelheim
    April 8, 2013 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    When I was looking for a job, I sent custom-made resumes and cover letters to every job listed that fit my skill set. It was extremely frustrating.

    Odd enough, I got my current job going old school and looking through the Yellow Pages.

  2. Lianda Ludwig's Gravatar Lianda Ludwig
    April 8, 2013 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Technology certainly has changed job searching! One of the frustrating things is although you may have a great resume and cover letter, many of the postings force you to fill out their online application. When you’ve worked for yourself, it’s hard to fit into their categories!
    I’d like to hear more about how to network to find jobs. It’s an important topic since you mentioned that the vast majority of jobs are found by personal networking!
    Thanks for your informative post!

  3. Audrey's Gravatar Audrey
    April 8, 2013 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I think that social media/intrenet has changed job searches, We live in fast paced NOW world and like everything else Job Searching as changed.

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