Hundreds of thousands of jobs are posted on online job search engines every day. The best part is that it’s easy to find a job in your career field, geographic location, and any other type of criteria you could possibly imagine. A lot of job search engines are even catered to specific industries or fields. So, if you’re looking to become a financial advisor, or work for a non-profit, you can find a search engine just for that. Even better, these job-specific search engines are often specifically targeted by companies in the field. You see jobs from those employers that specialize in each industry.

Job search engines are great for employees at any professional level. Whether entry level, mid-level, or upper executive, search engines can help you find the perfect job for your field and professional work level. Even better, you can find your perfect job from the comfort of your home, maybe even in your PJ’s with a hot cup of coffee.

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Only you decide if you get picked, or get ignored.

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Additionally, many of these search engines offer articles, tips, and tricks to help you find a job. These articles often talk about how to word cover letters, resumes, and other application materials to ensure maximum exposure to employers. Even better, some search engines even hire recruiters to help match you up with specific employers and jobs that may be of interest to you. Try them out, you’ll be happy you did.

Most search engines also give you the option to create your own account, where you can save jobs to apply to later, and set alerts so that you are the first to know about new jobs or job expiration dates. This helps you to stay organized, meet application deadlines, and stay on the cutting edge of new jobs. You can also post your resume to these sites, making it even easier for recruiters to find you. Just make sure that your resume is correctly optimized so that when recruiters search for the skills they need, they find you.

Too Good to Be True

A word of caution though, if an offer or job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Certain job search engines may direct you to “get-rich quick” schemes, pyramid scheme jobs, or other opportunities that aren’t actually jobs.

If a job promises riches and fortune, you can probably skip it over. Be careful as well in revealing personal information such as addresses and phone numbers. While these often are placed on resumes when applying for jobs, it is wise to remove this information when posting your resume to online job search engine programs. Leave only your email, as it’s much easier to ignore an email than a phone call or unexpected home visit. This also reduces the possibility of someone stealing your identity or using your information in an illegal way.

Don’t be scared though, as nine of ten job search engines are legitimate, and will lead you to jobs and companies you may not have heard of before.

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Do not be shy about attending networking events.

Use Your Network

Remember all of those networking events your college career center invited you to? Turns out, your college counselor was on to something, and really knew what they were talking about! A strong and large personal and professional network can get your foot in the door with your dream organization, and open career paths that you didn’t even know existed.

So how, exactly, does one use their network? It can be as simple as sending a Facebook or LinkedIn message to a friend working at a company that you’re interested in, or to a hiring manager you met at your most recent professional networking event. Ask them about the job and company, and make it known that you are interested in working at their company. Ask also for the contact information of the hiring manager, and try to schedule an informational interview. Doing so will put a face with a name, and signal to the company your genuine interest in working there.

But what if I don’t have a large network? Get out there and start making connections! Open a LinkedIn account and join online networks related to your current field, or the field you want to work in. If technology isn’t your thing, join local networking groups and attend their events. Doing so will build your network, and provide you with useful connections in your current and future job search.

Passion is the difference between having a job and having a career.

And the best part, networking can be easy and fun! Wear a smile, engage with others, and remain open to opportunities. You never know what job offers or unique opportunities may come your way.

Cultivating the Network

Once you’ve build your network, make sure you cultivate it and use it. Engage with members of your network on a regular basis, comment on their LinkedIn and Facebook posts, and actively engage in networking groups online and in-person to maintain your online presence. Doing so will keep you on others’ radar, and may lead to invitations to interview, or even get hired into a job.

An additional strategy is to schedule and participate in informational interviews to learn about the company and the opportunities it may offer. Ask questions about the company, its culture, and what they look for when seeking new employees. Take a genuine interest, and make it known to organizational leadership that you want to work for the organization.

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Remember that crazy party we had? All aside, now I need a favor from you.

University Alumni

Ah, college. Late nights, great friends and, oh yeah, that whole studying and getting an education thing. If you’re like most graduates, college was one of the best times of your life (despite the massive debt that followed you from campus). Some of the connections made at your alma mater will last a lifetime. In fact, a shared alma mater is often an instant icebreaker, and a good way to build connections and credibility with potential employers.

Most University alumni take pride in the college they attended, and recognize that anyone who chose to attend their college obviously has good taste and a solid head on their shoulders. Additionally, these alumni members recognize the struggle that you might be going through in your post-college life. Building connections with these individuals can increase your likelihood of finding a job, as these members have trailblazed and are likely to vouch for your superior educational background and competence for a job.

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
– Oprah Winfrey

So, how do you make connections with alumni? First, if you haven’t already, join your college’s alumni association. If membership isn’t quite your game, at least sign up for the alumni newsletter. This newsletter provides updates and event notifications on networking events. Consider attending them to build professional connections and learn about potential jobs available at their organization. In fact, someone you meet there might even be the hiring manager at your dream job location!

Friends with Benefits

Additionally, ask alumni members for an introduction to potential employers. This is another way to help you get your foot in the door with your dream employer. Building these lasting relationships is of great benefit to you in the long run, and may help you land your ideal job.

Alumni associations are a fun way to maintain connections with your alma mater, and the people associated with it. Maintain connections with them, and maybe some time down the line, you could become a mentor or contact to a fellow alumni member. Pay it forward by remembering the alumni mentors that helped you find your first job, and helping the next graduating class find theirs.

Finally, alumni associations and colleges offer post-graduation career counseling and resources to recent graduates. Job assessments, career mentorship services, and other programs may be available to you after you graduate. These programs can help you to find the perfect career, explore job areas you may not have considered. Also, these programs may connect you with alumni mentors with expertise in various career fields. Even better, most of these programs are completely free to job seekers. Many employers also use these programs to identify strong entry-level candidates. Be on the lookout for direct emails or other contact requests from employers.

Job Fairs

Job fairs connect you directly to employers who are hiring in your area. Even if some employers you meet do not have job postings at the time, meeting them builds your professional network, and puts a face with a name so that when that employer does have job openings, they already know who you are. Bring a pile of resumes, a stack of business cards, a firm handshake and a friendly smile and get to work meeting recruiters and other potential employers.

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Job fairs are not just for HR professionals. They are mainly for job seekers!

Another great perk of job fairs is the swag that employers bring to lure you to their table. Pens, notepads, candy, bags, even watches and cell phone chargers may be on offer to those seeking employment. Enjoy the swag, but stay for the job pitch. Remember, employers are there seeking strong candidates like you. Engage with them, respect the job that they are doing. Learn as much about their company as possible so that you make a lasting impression. Don’t forget too to dress professionally, maybe even in a suit if you can. Remember, always dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

Employer is There for You

When attending job fairs, always remember that the employer is there for you. They want you to show an interest in their organization and inquire about job opportunities and organizational culture. Often, they want to network with strong employees, even if they do not have opportunities available at the moment. Be prepared to apply for a job on the spot. Nowadays many employers keep laptops and tablets on-hand for qualified applicants to apply to while they are at the job fair.

Perhaps the best part of going to a job fair is that they are nearly always free. Government agencies, colleges, and even specific industries sponsor job fairs that anyone can register for and attend. Whatever your job field or job level, job fairs are always a great choice to attend when searching for a job.

And don’t forget to network with your fellow job-searchers. Remember, everyone attending the job fair is doing the same thing you are: looking for a good job. Many of these attendees have tips, tricks, and other strategies for job seeking that you may not have thought of. Learn from them, and employ some of their tricks wherever possible. Also, these fellow job-seekers may become members of your professional network and, later down the line, may help you find your dream job.

SuperCareer

Above all else, try out SuperCareer. A new way to search for jobs, apply for jobs, and get connected with employers is SuperCareer. It is a unique recruitment and job-searching platform that effectively showcases your skills and talents to help you get hired. SuperCareer’s algorithm assesses your resume and tests to show you the most suitable jobs that meet your skills.