By John Focht
Searching for a new job today can be a very challenging and frustrating experience. With so many job boards, websites, and email blasts, it is hard to differentiate a real job posting versus just some old job openings that have been out on a job board for months.
There are quite a few good job boards out there like Linked-In and The Ladders. Job boards like CareerBuilder and Monster are good, but they have a tendency to keep old data out there that makes it appear as if there are more job postings on their site than there really are.
Then there are the job boards and websites that simply recycle data from CareerBuilder and Monster. In the process of recycling job postings, some of these job sites refresh the “date posted” to make it appear as if it is a recent job posting, when reality is it may have been a job posted from six months ago. In the meantime you have submitted your resume to handful of job openings that no longer exist.
When searching for a new job then, what’s the best course of action to take? For starters, it’s ok to use internet job boards and websites for job searches. Internet job boards do have a plethora of information on companies and job types in your industry.
When doing your job search though, use these internet job boards or websites more as a reference site than a place to submit your resume.
Search these internet job sites to find companies, industries, and jobs that meet what you are looking. When you find something though, do not submit your resume through the internet job site, instead open a new browser and search for that company you just found and go to their careers section. If you find the job listed there, submit your resume and application directly through the company website, not the job postings website.
Now, suppose you search the company website and do not find that job in the open jobs section. If that’s the case, odds are the job is no longer active. This is a good indication that the job posting on the internet board is out of date. You can still submit your resume to it through the internet site if you wish, but the odds are pretty good that your resume is headed to the black hole of the internet.
Linked-In is a very good website to search for a new job. Unlike internet job boards that may recycle jobs from other internet job boards, the jobs and openings listed on Linked-In were put there by an actual Linked-In member.
Typically a hiring manager or a recruiter put a job on Linked-In. When they receive enough candidates or fill the job, they take the job posting down. If you are searching for a job using Linked-In, you should feel pretty comfortable knowing the job opening is still active.
Using Linked-In for your job search is very efficient for a number of reason. When you submit your resume through a Linked-In job posting, the individual who posted the job, the recruiter or hiring manager, is typically the recipient of the resume, meaning your resume is being delivered to a real person’s inbox. This is unlike submitting your resume through a company website, or through a reliable job posting website, where your resume will typically be delivered into a database with the dozens of other resumes submitted that day.
Searching for and submitting for jobs through Linked-In is generally much more efficient for you in the job search process. Searching for jobs through Linked-In also provides you the opportunity to look through your connections and see who works where. If you see a job posted at a company and you have connections that work there, reach out to them. Networking is a great way to help you in your job search.
Utilizing contacts and connections in your network is a great way to at least get yourself in the door. After all, the company may have an employee referral program, in which case your connection would be more than happy to refer you because it may mean cash in the pocket through an employee referral program.
Also, switch spots for a second, if someone reached out to you to help them get a job in your company, employee referral program or not, you would probably look to help them out too. Getting a referral is a great way to at least get in for an interview – sometimes it’s who you know, not what you know. Once in the door though, it’s up to you to win the job in the interview process.
Of course there are ways to differentiate yourself in the resume and interview process. Be sure your resume and Linked-In profile are updated because it won’t matter who you know at the company if your resume isn’t updated, or isn’t professional.
The job search process can be a tedious process. Be smart about how and where you submit your resume. It won’t matter if you submitted one-hundred resumes today if you are submitting them to the void of the internet.
Use your connections and network with friends, family, former co-workers and managers. Search directly on company websites for job openings and don’t rely on internet job boards or websites as thy may not be accurate. And last but not least, use Linked-In to your advantage.