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Searching for a job is no easy task, especially if you are not sure where to begin. Job advertisements are everywhere, but you have to know where to look in order to find ones that fit your qualifications. It can seem daunting to sort through thousands of postings online, in newspapers and on job boards. Applying for the right position takes a lot of time and effort, so it is important to find efficient methods to improve the process.

Rather than worry about every job hunting resource available, focus on the options that are sure to land you the job you really want. Whether it is through your own networking or with a professional employment agency, make sure to find the method that works best for you. Learn where to find the best positions and how to analyze job postings to boost your application by reviewing the information below.

Networking Online And In Person

Networking is well-known as one of the strongest tools to utilize when looking for a job. One of the most difficult aspects of searching for a job is having to prove yourself as a worthy candidate. Knowing someone connected to the company in some form is a great way to solve this issue. These connections are able to vouch for your skills and function like a formal reference. The difference is, they have a trusting relationship with the employer already, which lends you extra credibility.

Networking can be done through online acquaintances or someone you know in person. In fact, there are a few options now available for networking online, including websites and mobile applications. All you need to do is create an account, upload your resume and start connecting with other professionals in your desired field. Otherwise, you can take advantage of family and friends who have job connections for you. Another great networking resource is individuals you met through school, such as teachers and classmates.

Employment Agencies

This method might seem outdated with all of the online resources now available. However, private and government employment agencies are still a great option for job hunters who need a job quick. Finding and interviewing qualified candidates for a job costs time and money. Employment agencies are used to simplify the hiring process. Instead of having to sort through dozens or even hundreds of resumes, these agencies do all the hard work for employers. Agents match up your skills with the positions available in order to refer the best candidates for each job.

One of the perks of this job hunting solution is that it allows you to find a job rather quickly. Agencies often have several temporary positions they need to fill right away, with fairly simple requirements. Professionals can experience working in different industries to support themselves while searching for more permanent work. High-level jobs are also accessible through employment agencies, usually filled by headhunters who specialize in executive positions.

Talk To In-House Recruiters

An internal hiring department is a popular and efficient tool companies utilize to solve their staffing needs. In-house recruiters are paid employees of a company that specialize in talent acquisition. Their job is to know exactly what type of professionals are needed to fill open positions. These individuals spend time learning about the organization, practices and culture of the business. They then use that knowledge to find candidates who they believe will fit in best.

Getting in contact with an in-house recruiter is a great way to find a permanent position with a successful company. To do this, you can utilize professional networking sites or email them directly. Recruiters also make it a point to scout out potential candidates. They often attend job fairs or host their own hiring events where interested applicants introduce themselves and learn about the company brand. Make sure to keep an eye out for announcements about recruiting events on job boards and social media to find one near you.

Contact Employers Directly

For smaller employers, sometimes the easiest approach to getting an interview is to introduce yourself. Putting a face to your application is a great way to show your genuine interest in the position. It also allows you to break the ice and form a connection with the employer outside of a formal interview setting. Even if no positions are currently advertised, you may learn about openings that are not yet posted on job boards. Introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in working with the company.

The best method of introduction is through an in-person meeting. On the other hand, it is not the only way to get to know the employer. In fact, many job hunters utilize other methods to test the waters and see if any positions are open. You can also start out by contacting the company through one of these channels:

  • By phone
  • Through email
  • On social media

If you do choose a face-to-face introduction, have your resume prepared in advance. That way you can start your application right away, or ask them to keep it on file for future consideration.

Job Postings

In today’s job market, the most popular way to find job openings is online. Companies are constantly posting advertisements on job sites and hoping the right applicants apply. The problem with this method of hiring is that hundreds of applicants often apply to these positions. Employers then have to sort through all of the applications to find the best ones. To improve this approach, web developers have created software that scans resumes for specific skills chosen by the employer. This mean it is more important than ever to have a well-tailored resume in order to stand out.

Whether found online or otherwise, there are a few features of a job posting that you need to pay attention to. You can even use a few of these features to your advantage for crafting the perfect application. In particular, look out for:

  • Task-related keywords. A common component of job postings is a responsibilities section. Employers outline exactly what is expected for the position, often using related keywords. Utilize these keywords where appropriate to describe your own skills and work history, to show your experience makes you the best candidate.
  • Company history and/or culture. Some companies give an introduction to the company in their advertisement. They also often include a description of the kind of employee they are looking for. Use this information to write a detailed cover letter that shows how you fit in with the company and its goals.
  • The hiring manager’s name. This is another important detail to include in your cover letter. Addressing your cover letter to a specific person is a great way to appear professional and considerate in your application.
  • Details on how to apply. Each company has its own requirements for applications. A mistake in your application suggests that you are not detail-oriented or capable of following instructions. Avoid this by reading through the entire posting carefully before submitting the application.