Learn how to focus your attention on channels for job search and how effective those channels are in various search scenarios.
When looking for a job, you can rely on several online and offline channels. Generally, the more obvious the source (e.g. job boards), the more competition you can expect. Channels with less competition (e.g. unsolicited applications), on the other hand, usually require additional effort on your part.
1) Job boards are the most obvious sources for vacancies and easy to find through a google search. If you are interested in particular companies, go check their career homepage. Not all companies post their vacancies both on their own career site and on job boards, so the company’s own career site is probably the more accurate source.
2) Social Media enjoys increasing popularity among recruiters and offers great opportunities for companies to fish for talents globally. This should be reason enough to step up the game here. Create a strong profile and start actively browsing job adds. We additionally recommend following companies and people of interest on your social media channels (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook). In this way, you stay passively informed about both company updates and about upcoming job opportunities when you browse social media in your free-time.
3) Job agencies pro-actively search candidates for companies. As a job seeker you can place your resume with them. This may be more promising for experienced candidates, but if your resume is ready this additional search channel won’t harm. Job agencies are usually specialized in particular industries or sectors, so a clear understanding of where you want to apply will also help you select the agencies you need to stay close to.
4) An unsolicited application means you are applying for a position that technically does not exist or at least hasn’t been formally posted. Applying in this way requires more work initially, as you need to be clear in your offering and aim. On the other hand, you showcase intrinsic motivation, which is what recruiters love to see. Moreover, unless you are applying at Google, Facebook and alike, you are largely without competition or at least ahead of the game once a real vacancy comes up.
5) Personal networks are probably most underestimated as job sources. At the beginning of a career it is not easy to actually get hold of a job via your own personal network, which is usually family and friends and people linked to them. However, your network can still be a great source of information. Information travels, but only if the word is out. Share as much as you can about where you are at and what you are looking for.
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