How to Find a Job Efficiently
They say that looking for a job is a full-time job in itself – and that’s not hard to believe when you consider just how many job sites are out there. Although the internet has made finding job postings easier than ever (not to mention the actual application process via email or various applicant tracking systems), it hasn’t necessarily made how to find a job more efficient – nor landing a job more likely. The benefits of easy access to job postings are all but cancelled out by the amount of people who have that easy access. Hence, how to find a job efficiently isn’t just about how to look for a job faster, but how to look for a job smarter. Below are a few job search tips that can help ensure you end up doing both.
How to find a job using specific searches
When searching for virtually anything on the internet, most people naturally turn to Google. While some job seekers think using specific job sites is a more efficient way of yielding more useful search results, it’s important to remember that Google has the power and flexibility to find what you’re looking for if you know how to ask for it. Obviously, you’ll specify your field of interest or the job title you want along with your desired location. But simply typing in “Engineering jobs in Alberta”, for instance, isn’t necessarily going to yield the results you want.
To find webpages that include an exact phrase, quotation marks must be placed around it, otherwise you can end up with a lot of results that include “Engineering”, “Jobs,” and “Alberta” in various combinations. But what if you don’t really want something that contains the exact phrase “Engineering jobs in Alberta”? If you’re a mechanical engineer, you could search for “Mechanical engineer jobs in Alberta” (in quotes), or, let’s say you’re a mechanical engineer open to jobs anywhere in Alberta, but you don’t want to go as far north as, say, Fort McMurray. You would type “Mechanical engineer jobs in Alberta” (in quotes), followed by “-For McMurray”. The minus sign will literally subtract any pages referring to Fort McMurray.
There are a lot of ways to narrow your searches on Google, and it’s important to keep them in mind if you want to ensure the job postings that are right for you come up. But since Google isn’t a dedicated job board, it’s best to use it after you’ve exhausted your other options below.
How to find a job using bookmarks and email alerts
Although you can conduct efficient searches on Google and other search engines, diligence still dictates that you conduct them every day – a prospect that can become tiring (even though Google will remember your exact searches when you return). Why not access the precise job list you want with the click of a mouse? Or better yet: have the jobs come to you? This is where job aggregators and specific organizations’ job boards can streamline your search.
Job aggregators, who literally aggregate job postings from a variety of different companies, including Adecco, work much the same way Google does, but there’s no risk of non-job postings coming up.
If you want to work at a specific organization, however, it’s best to bookmark their career section and check back every day to see if there’s anything new you’d like to apply for. Even better, many organizations, and job aggregators, allow to you search their databases using keywords, save those searches based on the criteria you choose, and then create daily email alerts based on them.
Of course, chances are you only really know of a handful of organizations you’d definitely like to work for, but are still open to a variety of other ones so long as they’re in your chosen field. Obviously, aggregators are still good options, but industry associations and employment agencies can be even better. Industry associations often have career sections that you can bookmark, just like companies do, but associations will feature jobs from a variety of member companies. Employment agencies do much the same. Some are “boutique”, meaning they specialize only in certain fields, but aren’t large. However, there are large specialized firms that are worth registering with, such as Roevin, Adecco’s engineering and IT staffing division, and Adecco Finance, which focuses on – you guessed it – finance jobs.
How to find a job using social media
Some organizations may post jobs to their social media accounts since those who are most engaged with their brand could be some of their best potential employees. Of course, social media is a two-way street, and there are ways for candidates to get noticed using it. Check out our previous posts about leveraging LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to learn how.
How to find a job by standing out
The interactive nature of social media is an excellent segue into a new set of job search tips focused on proactively searching – the kind that leverages what the internet can really do. Sure, diligently looking for a job every day seems proactive, but searches, bookmarks, and email alerts, although they definitely make your job hunt faster and more efficient, are still in a sense passive in part because they are so efficient. And just like the efficiencies the internet has introduced to the application submission process, these efficient ways of how to look for a job don’t increase the likelihood that your applications will actually be seen. That’s not to say that these methods don’t work, but there are ways to increase your visibility with a little more effort that go beyond making your presence known on various organizations’ social media channels.
On your resume, the URL to your own website, such as a blog or online portfolio, can be the critical element that catches a hiring manager’s eye over another applicant’s resume. In fact, many employers’ applicant tracking systems now feature a field for including a link to your own website. You could paste your public LinkedIn profile in there, but as this practice becomes more and more common, how long before it’s expected that that field be filled in – and with something that not everyone else has?
Think a URL’s too boring? Want to ensure the hiring manager will access your site even if they print your resume to look at it? Use a QR code. Not only will it intrigue the reader, but they’ll be able to scan it with their smartphone and look at your site even if they’re not near a computer or don’t feel like typing a URL into their browser from a sheet of paper. Also, the very act of scanning your resume adds a level of interaction that’s sure to stick in their mind.
But what if the code doesn’t even lead to a traditional website? What if it opened a clever video instead? There are many programs and sites that allow you to create a video profile of yourself. Adecco’s own 2014 New Year, New You contest winner created one, and we even offer our own free-to-use platform called Resu-ME, which can turn your resume into a movie in minutes.
How to look for a job is only half the equation
While the internet has made finding job postings – and lots of them – easier than ever, there are several job search tips you can utilize to yield only the postings you care most about, making your daily job hunt shorter and of higher quality. But the internet’s advantages don’t end there. With a bit of effort and creativity, it can be used to help you not only apply to all of the jobs you want, but get noticed as well.