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5 Places to Turn When Job Searching

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5 Places to Turn When Job Searching

Unemployment can be demoralizing. It’s sometimes hard to make the effort to look for a new job. You feel like Sisyphus, pushing the same boulder up the same mountain day after day only to see it roll back down. But the most important part of finding a new job is making that effort.

Job searching is a lot easier when you have the tools to succeed, and one of those tools is a distinct job search plan. Knowing where to look, and knowing which resources to leverage is key. So let’s take a look at some possible resources you can use to help find that next job.

1. Your business network

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It’s a cliché and a bit of an exaggeration – if you don’t have the skills, you won’t get hired. But having a good network, and the willingness to leverage it to find open jobs, is crucial.

Talk to your LinkedIn connections. Talk to former co-workers. Ask family and friends. Make sure everyone you know is aware that you’re looking for work, and ask if they’re willing and able to help you find it. You never know when a job opening will come up in a casual conversation – you need to be the first person your network thinks of when they hear about one.

In addition to your LinkedIn connections, reach out to your other social networks as well. A website like TweetMyJobs can help with this. When you connect your profile with your social media accounts, it can help you to spread the word about your job search, and helps you find connections with employees of companies that are hiring.

2. LinkedIn

LinkedIn doesn’t just allow you to communicate with your connections. It’s a public announcement of your job status. If you’re looking, make it clear. Use your profile as a résumé. Some employers post jobs on LinkedIn, and you can use the site to learn more about a prospective job and the company offering it.

You can even find an internal recruiter working for a company you have an interest in, and reach out to them via LinkedIn to make first contact. There are also groups you can join that may share available jobs, and can expand your network as well.  

3. The big career sites

Job search websites like Monster and CareerBuilder aren’t just a place to upload a résumé and hope for the best. They provide thorough job listings in a wide variety of fields, send you targeted job listings on a daily basis, and more. Monster offers articles that help you in your search for a new job and beyond, and CareerBuilder can scan your résumé and find jobs related to your experience and expertise.

4. Other career sites

There are also some lesser-known sites that offer unique options for your job search. Indeed and SimplyHired are search engines that pull job listings from thousands of wide-ranging sites. Glassdoor gives you an insider’s look at companies you might be looking at as prospective employers. And a host of sites offer targeted searches within a certain field, like Idealist for non-profit jobs.

5. Independent recruiters

A recruiter’s services will cost you some money, but there’s a good reason for it. They have experience placing candidates in good jobs, and if you’re at a loss, an option like this might be worth the cash. Make sure you do your research, though, so you don’t pay for someone who doesn’t have the connections or the success in your desired field to be able to land you a job.

If you use these tools, you’re likely to be employed in no time, as long as you work hard. But no matter how long you’re out of work, you need to make sure you have your health insurance squared away. Whether you’re a recent college graduate looking for that first job, you’re still looking for work after turning 26, or you’re a veteran of the workforce between jobs, short-term medical insurance could be your best option.


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