Ways to Be Smarter in Your Job Search
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Where is the first place you go to look for a job? If you havenât searched for a job in awhile, you may not be investing your time appropriately.According to the âTop Sources of Hire 2015â³ report by talent management software provider SilkRoad, the top sources of hires may surprise you. This study will shows where companies have found new hires so you can restructure where you are investing your time and effort.Â The study analyzed the success of internal sources of hire, such as company career sites, employee referrals and internal recruiters. It also analyzedâ the success of external sources of hire, such as job boards, recruiting agencies and job fairs. The overall top six sources of hire were employee referrals, job search engines, current employees, job boards, recruiters and company career sites or websites.In order to improve the odds of you landing a job, diversify your search across these top six sources. The questions should help you recalibrate how you invest your time. And, of course, donât overlooked the fact that you first need to meet the as many of the job requirements as possible.âWhere can you find employees who can refer you? Even before you begin reaching out to your network to announce you are looking (either overtly or covertly) for a new job, itâs important you first identify companies for whom you would like to work. If you donât know any one inside those companies, ask people in your network to introduce you. Using LinkedIn is invaluable for uncovering this information.Â Do you want a promotion? The good news is that companies are still interested in promoting from within. Your next job could be right under your nose, so be sure you are polling your colleagues to see what opportunities are coming up.Research jobs inside your company just as you would outside. Conduct due diligence by fully exploring why the position is available and what the scope of the job is. Also speak with people within the department to learn about the leadership style and culture within that group.Which job boards are worth your time? Job boards arenât dead yet. According to SilkRoad data, these two big-name boards were best at converting applicants into new hires: Nigeria Job Bucket, LinkedIn.Â Should you befriend recruiters? Third-party recruiters and recruiting agencies can be worth your time â if you understand how to work with them. Be specific about the types of roles you are interested in and your salary requirements.Remember, recruiters donât work for you; they work for the company with a job to fill. Some jobs are only filled through recruiters, so itâs just one more option for you to explore.Have you checked the companyâs career site? Not all companies will post opportunities to job boards, and aggregators donât typically pick up the postings from company sites. Itâs important to visit company career sites regularly to keep up with news and openings.Â Hannah Morgan writes and speaks on career topics and job search trends on her blog Career Sherpa. She is the author of âThe Infographic RÃ©sumÃ©â and co-author of âSocial Networking for Business Success.âÂ Send Us Your Career Tips: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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