Now that you know what you want to be when you grow up, it’s time to start looking for a job or position that fits you and your families needs. The good news is that there are several options: you can be employed, you can be a contractor or you can create your own job and become an entrepreneur. Today I want to explore some creative, and not so creative, ways to find your new gig.
The “Old-Fashioned” Way
- The Classifieds (newspaper) – Not sure who still does this.
- Craigslist – Be careful! Do your research to make sure the opportunity is legit.
- Indeed – In my opinion, this is the best online job board. Indeed pulls jobs from all the major job boards like Careerbuilder, Monster, etc.
- Tell your family/friends you’re looking for a new job/career – You never know who they know.
- Attend business networking events – If you like grinning and talking to strangers this is a good option.
- Social Media networking – As a professional social media site LinkedIn is the best option for networking for a job online. Stay tuned for a separate post on how to get the most out of LinkedIn career networking.
“Inbound” (Job Search) is the New Black
- Most jobseekers are searching and applying for jobs online, including on online job boards and social media networking. If you really want to separate yourself from the competition, inbound job search is the way to go. “Inbound” strategies are the new rage these days – inbound marketing, inbound recruitment and now, inbound job search. The concept behind inbound strategies is one of engagement. You will be more effective by having interested parties come to you versus pushing yourself or your ideas on others. The Internet has put all types of information at our fingertips, so consumers are now able to do their own research and no longer have to rely on “salespeople” for information. Once consumers have done their own research on products, services, people or topics they then seek out what they want. Inbound strategies are designed to ensure that your information is available for people to find when they are searching.
- I have published a post on LinkedIn entitled “The Resume is Dead” with more detailed info on the Inbound Job Search.
Finding a new job or career can be a part-time job in itself. It requires patience, planning and diligence. Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time. Let me know how I can help.
Until next time-
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
This is part two in a series about finding a new job. For part 1 click here.