(Closed) Job Search Tips?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My #1 best tip: Don’t just surf job postings online. Seek out companies in the industry you are interested in and send your resume directly to them SNAIL MAIL. They may have a position open that is not posted or you may be so qualified that they will create a position for you (happened at my last job). If you just apply online to a posting, you become 1 of 1,000 they receive. This way, you stand out!

Post # 4
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3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@CanAmBride: I’m going to disagree somewhat. I throw away at least 15 resumes a week that get sent to my company by mail. We can’t do anything with them because its considered unfair highering practices.

I suggest contacting any and everyone you know at a company you would like to work for and find out first hand from them. I would say 75% of the people I know got their current jobs because of who they knew.

Post # 5
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve had many friends who had success with indeed.com. They would search it but then go directly to those websites to apply. It’s usually the best bet with bigger companies to apply how they ask you to apply.

Post # 6
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7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Right now I’m looking on craigslist (found 2 past jobs there), indeed.com, monster.com, local newspaper (Washington Post) website and word of mouth.

 

Post # 7
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13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m looking at individual company’s websites (not general job boards).

@CanAmBride: I’m going to have to disagree as well.  I sent over 100 resumes and cover letters by snail mail when I was graduating college (every letter was customized to the company/job and I researched the name of the proper person to mail it to, not just “who it may concern”).  I got zero response to any of those and every lead I got was through applying to an online job posting.

Post # 8
Hostess
16215 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Are you and/or your husband on LinkedIn? LinkedIn has a pretty targeted job posting system, and sometimes, jobs are posted exclusively on there. Also, there’s a chance that someone in your network will know the person who posted the job and can introduce you, which ups your chances of getting noticed.

Post # 9
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1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsPinkPeony: @Gemstone:I’m sorry you disagree. Maybe it varies by industry and experience. I work in experiential marketing which is a fairly small industry, and previous work experience is a large factor in hiring. When a resume comes across the desk of a director here and they see that you have experience working for some of the top companies, it definitely gets a response. 

But I also have to agree with networking as being one of the best ways to find a position as well. That is how I got my first “real” job out of college. I had done an internship one summer when I graduated, I reached back out to my colleagues there for openings.  They had no openings, but one of my former colleagues there had a husband who worked for a big marketing agency, and he got me an interview there. I never would have gotten a second glance if it weren’t for that connection.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@JustLove: That’s what I did and I had good luck. When you send your resume and application to a site like indeed or monster, it can sit in an applicant email address for months and noone checks it b/c of the volume of applications.

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