Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Places to Find a Job

Finding a job in today’s economy can be a difficult prospect. You can spend hours tirelessly searching Monster.com and blindly submitting resumes to recruiters. However, there are other ways to find job openings that are often overlooked. Whether you’re looking for entry level work or a management position, it is important to use all available resources and connections. Here are three ways you can improve your job search by networking both online and off.

Check Industry Forums

Forums are not just places to share ideas or gossip. Forums related to specific industries (like gaming or marketing) are also great for a job hunt. Members often post open positions on forums where they know knowledgable professionals will be posting. Plus, a forum provides a place for you to “sell yourself” to prospective employers. You can post your credentials and the job you are looking for. Don’t forget to check forums of real world recruiting events as well. You may find out about job fairs, trade shows, etc. where you can pitch your resume.

Join Professional Organizations

Most professions today offer some sort of networking organization to assist with professional development. These are also great places to find a job. You can browse organization websites, communicate with fellow members, attend networking events, etc. You should also look for local Young Professionals groups. These are great for making friends, participating in social activities, and, of course, finding a job.

Use Social Networking Sites

Believe it or not, you really can find job listings on Facebook and Twitter. To start your social networking job hunt, find the profiles of companies you are interested in working for. Often, recruiters will post openings on these pages. You should also keep an eye out for ads on Facebook, which may include job offers. As for twitter, there are special sites devoted to finding job posts. Considering how many professionals use Twitter, it’s not surprising that they tweet job openings.

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