Knowing how to find a job, particularly when unemployed, can make the whole job search process less stressful.
One key to a successful job search is not putting all your eggs in one basket.
You want to make sure that you increase your chances of finding a job by using several channels in different ways.
Before you start applying everywhere, which I do not recommend, you want to build a target list of types of jobs you are looking for and also what types of companies you are interested in working for.
This article will help you organize your job search.
How To Find A Job: 7 ways
It goes without saying, LinkedIn, should be your number one priority when searching for a job.
Many job seekers don’t know how to effectively use LinkedIn to find a job.
Here is what you need to know.
Before anything, you want to make sure that you go to “Manage alerts” and enable the “Get job recommendations”.
This will deliver new jobs, based on your interests and profile, straight into your inbox.
Also, you need to edit your Career interests, to make sure you receive notifications about the most relevant jobs.
After this, you’re good to go. Here is how to find a job on LinkedIn.
First, you can have a general search based on your location.
Once you press “Search” you will have a full list of job openings in your selected location.
You can filter your search to show you either the most relevant jobs or the most recent.
The most relevant jobs are based on your profile.
Another great filter is to search by LinkedIn features:
- In your network (you have a 1st-degree connection that works there and can introduce you or forward your application directly to the hiring manager)
- Under 10 applicants (if you are an early applicant, you increase your chances of having your application noticed)
- Easy apply (you only need to select your preferred email address and upload your resume. It takes less than a minute to apply)
Filter your job search by company. If you’ve done your homework and have a list of target companies, you can look directly to see if these companies have any job openings listed on LinkedIn.
You can also search for a job, directly by title. This is extremely useful, especially if you have a clear list of titles that you are targeting.
Another useful function on LinkedIn is the “Open to job opportunities” button, under your headline.
You want to make sure you enable that, so recruiters will be able to find you.
This is private and visible only to recruiters, so in case you are currently employed and conducting a stealth job search, you don’t need to worry.
Although LinkedIn is also a job portal, it deserves more attention as it has a higher rate of success for job seekers and that is why I listed it separately.
While there are many job portals out there, I would pick 1 or 2 tops, asides from LinkedIn.
This is because you want to make sure you make good use of them and don’t risk becoming overwhelmed.
Here are some job portals that I recommend for finding a job:
- Career Builder
- FlexJobs (for remote jobs)
- Dynamite Jobs (for remote positions)
How to find a job with Google Search
Google Search, while basic, has proven so efficient in finding very relevant jobs.
Google basically pulls all the jobs that match the title and location of your search from many websites that you actually might not be familiar with.
How to find a job on Google?
Similar to LinkedIn, you can filter your search by location, date posted, type, etc.
You can also turn on email notifications for this search.
In order to be able to do this, you need to be logged in to your Google account when performing the job search.
As mentioned earlier, if you have a company target list, you can actually go directly to the company’s website and look if there are any job openings in the “Careers” section.
There are many companies that do not post their job openings on external websites or job portals and you might be surprised by what you can find.
A great thing about applying directly on a company website is that the competition is usually lower, as most job seekers are looking for jobs on LinkedIn mostly.
If you are lucky to find that your dream job is available, you want to make sure that you conduct proper research about the company and about the hiring manager, before submitting your job application.
This article will help you customize your job application in order to increase your chances of landing a job interview.
How to find a job on Facebook groups
While you might not think about using Facebook to find a job, it can depending on your location, be an actual gold mine.
How to find a job on Facebook?
You can simply go to the search bar and type jobs + your location.
Once the search is completed, Facebook will show everything from posts to photos containing the words “jobs in …”.
You want to press “Groups” in the white bar to find the most relevant results.
Click join to join any group and if you don’t want your network to know that you are job hunting, you can select on the right to only see and join Private Groups.
Using referrals to get a job might be the best strategy that you can have when job searching.
Find out if you know people that are working at companies that you are targeting and make sure to contact them if you are considering applying there.
Having a referral can exponentially increase your chances of landing a job interview, as hiring managers are more inclined to trust a job application that has been received through a referral.
If you feel that you are not having great success finding a job on your own, you could seek the services of a recruiter.
Recruiters can do an amazing job at placing candidates at great companies with better packages, however, I wouldn’t rely solely on a recruiter to find a job.
Eventually, you want to maximize your chances of finding a job, so try to mix the above channels/ways and see which ones work better for you.
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13 thoughts on “How To Find A Job When You Don’t Know Where To Start”
Great tips and great list, I didn’t know about dynamite jobs. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Thank you 🙂
These are great tips! I’ll have to save this for later.
This is some next level job-search ninja magic. I’ve been looking for a job lately (I’ve got a temporary teaching job until the end of April), and now, thanks to you, I have all these new and different ways to go about my search. I had no idea LinkedIn was used so frequently. I have to polish and update mine ASAP. Great post, I’m glad I found it!
Thanks, Carolyn. Glad you found it useful and good luck in your job search!
LinkedIn still remains topnotch. Thanks for sharing.
This is great information! Very thorough and will help lots of people!
Thanks Melissa 🙂
Great recommendations! Another useful sites for job search is The Muse which offers a lot of advice, tips & tricks as well as job listing. Also, Career Contessa is a job site for women with webinars, coaching, e-learning, etc.
Thanks Alex. yes, I know The Muse and Career Contessa very well. I speak of them in another article 🙂
I have to accept the fact that all your blogs/ articles are well researched and informative.
Thank you for your informative posts.
Thank you, Vivek! I really appreciate your comment and I’m happy you found my articles to be useful.