There are many ways to job search, and certainly the more avenues that are explored and doors knocked on, the greater number of opportunities you will find. Obviously you need your resume polished and ready. Next, develop a list of the companies you’d like to work for. Now get in touch!
(New Graduates) School Career Planning/Placement Offices.
University placement services help their students and alumni find jobs via job postings, recruiter events, and career fairs.
(New Graduates) Internships.
Internships offer the opportunity to gain practical work experience, get to know employers and industry, and make networking contacts. An internship may result in a paid position within the company, and provides the opportunity to fill in your resume and get work references and recommendations.
Contacts & Networking.
Draw on your industry colleagues, business associates, alumni networks and professional organizations to let people know you are looking or open to new opportunities. If you need to keep your search confidential at the outset you can still engage with these contacts under the auspices of networking; dialoguing with people in your field or with mutual professional interests can provide you with information and insights and open up doors to current and future opportunities. To develop new contacts: join professional associations, frequent industry happenings, attend continuing education or advanced certification conferences.
The Classified Ad section of your newspaper, print or online, will have opportunities in the “Help Wanted” section. Depending on your location and local practice, there may be more or less jobs that correspond to your objectives. Ads in professional journals and trade magazines advertise jobs by industry.
Job Boards (also called Job Portals or Career Portals).
There are as many job boards out there as imaginable, try them out to see which ones post jobs that are of interest to you. Try the websites of the desired employers directly. For a larger funnel, try the job boards: Monster and Hot Jobs offer high volume; industry boards like Triple Job Pundit or GreenJob Search offer more industry focus; professional group boards offer functional focus; recruiter sites and many LinkedIn groups often offer further focus on particular sectors. See what brings you results.
In addition to job boards, you can do a search by key word and see where it leads you. Many message boards, online discussion forums, social media sites, and professional groups are focused on jobs. Numerous internet sites allow job seekers to post their resumes online for free, making it easier for people to find you.
Your online presence is important. It can be a compliment to your professional reputation, but you need to review and make sure that photos and remarks are not publicly visible if they are not presenting you in a professional light. Use common sense and put yourself in the pace of your prospective employer when choosing profile and public photos you post, and when publishing content such as tweets and status updates.
Professional Associations, Labor Unions, Employment Offices.
Professional Associations, Labor Unions, Employment Offices offer various services and employment information, which may include career planning, educational programs, job listings, and job placement. Associations may require membership to use these services; State Employment Services helps job seekers and employers at no cost.
Private Employment Agencies.
Private Employment Agencies, also known as Recruiters or Head Hunters, are for-profit entities that bring together a job seeker and a prospective employer, for a fee, for the purpose of effecting a traditional employment relationship. In the vast majority of cases the fee is paid by the new employer. Private agencies can save you time and provide you with access to hiring managers that you may not otherwise get due to the relationships they have with these employers. Recruiters often know of jobs before they are publicly advertised, and can present a job seeker for future consideration based on knowledge of the employers anticipated hiring needs. If your job search is confidential, a recruiter can be the best resource available to you, conducting a search on your behalf and representing you without divulging your identity until there is mutual interest.
About Redfish Technology, Inc.
Redfish Technology, Inc. specializes in locating talent in the Green Energy and High Tech sectors. Recruiting since 1996, the company offers nationwide coverage and boasts offices in Silicon Valley, the East Coast, and the Intermountain West. For more information on our services, call us at 408-719-0200 or check out various online Job Seeker tools on our website.