Time for an Effective Job Search–3 Ways to Customize Your Job Feed
To make your job search effective, setting up your own job feed is extremely productive. Setting up a group of bookmarked sites and email alerts to view quickly each day will be a great help. To do this:
- Set your terms. Answering hundreds of ads that don’t fit your background will not get you anywhere. You must find the exact terms that best match the job you want. It takes time and focus. Conducting an effective job search is a job in itself. Be patient. Be focused. Be positive. Be committed to success. To start out, go to the ‘advanced search’ page of any job board you visit so you can enter multiple search criteria. Be specific in terms of industry, location, experience level and disciplines.
- Bigger is not necessarily better. Sometimes the bigger job boards are not the best places to look. Many companies prefer dedicated job boards to list opportunities. You can do a Google search using the name of the industry and the word ”jobs’. You can also search for a particular company or type of job this way. Look on the websites of the professional or trade associations for a particular field.
- Use social media. On some social media, it is best to set up a separate account for your job search. On Twitter, for example, create a list called ‘Jobs’ on your profile page. You can also use a third-party application, such as Tweetdeck.com or Hootsuite.com, to do this. Then you can use Twitter’s ‘advanced search’ to find the types of jobs you want. You can see the list of tweets and decide which links to check out. Bookmark your lists and check them daily. Linkedin offers an ‘advanced search’ page but it also allows you to search jobs based on how connected you are to the employer. Linkedin Groups offer ‘job’ tabs and can feature jobs not listed elsewhere.
Finding the right job is critical. You can answer as many ads as you see but if you don’t fit the profile, you’ve just wasted a lot of time.