Post # 1
I’ve been submitting my resume online via monster.com and careerbuilder.com. This is not working for me since I’m not receiving any calls. Does anyone have any advice and/or suggestions about searching for jobs? Are there any better ways to search? I’ve been told by some that you just need to walk into a place. However, I’m looking to work in an office setting, not retail. In this case, I don’t think walking in would be very professional. Any advice would be great. Thanks.
Post # 3
Are you in an industry that has it’s own trade publications or job search website? most industries have one or more.
Also try craigslist. Does you alma mater have a career center you can speak with?
make sure everyone you know, knows your job searching. Even your hairdresser and your mechanic. you want to get it out there so they can let you know if they hear anything.
network. go to industry mixers, lectures, etc.
Post # 4
Make a list of the companies that interest you, contact them over the phone to get an appointment with HR (or better, office managers) and meet with them in person to give your resume. Learn more about the company before you go, that way you can have an intelligent conversation with them to show how you would fit in. That way, when they have opportunities, you stand out because they met you, you’re not just a resume in a pile received over the internet. It also gives you the opportunity to feel the place and see if you would like it there.
Post # 5
I personally wouldn’t walk into a company. At our company all of our HR/hiring is handled in another city…we’ve had people walk in before. Usually they walk in ask to speak to our Director (which they find his name on our website)…sorry, our director doesn’t want to be bothered with your resume (especially when a. we aren’t hiring, b. he doesn’t make hiring decisions). So I generally feel bad when people do walk in because it was a lot of effort on their part, and isn’t going to do them much good in the end.
I agree that monster/career builder aren’t going to get you far though. I would look into industry sites, or apply directly on a companies site. go to Industry events, go to career fairs in your area, make connections and tell everyone you are looking you never know if your husbands mom’s friend’s brother might know someone.
Post # 6
Have you check a state job website. Like where you would file unemployment. I know Arizona & Utah both have websites like that to help people get jobs.
Post # 7
I second checking a state job website if you have one because there are a ton of listings on my state’s.
Post # 8
Have you recently graduated from school? I got both of my jobs through my school’s career website. They can also help you work on your resume and interviewing skills.
Post # 9
Try to use the words in your job description on your resume. When I got my job, HR hadn’t passed my resume onto my boss because they didn’t think it fit the qualifications; my boss couldn’t find anyone out of the resumes HR sent him, so he told them to give him all the resumes that had been sent in for the job and he picked mine out.
Here’s an example (I work in the computer, so I’ll use a computer example):
Job description item: “Knows Photoshop”
Resume says: “Proficient in all aspects of Adobe Creative Suite”.
HR would not pass that resume along because they don’t know that Photoshop is part of Adobe Creative Suite.
Post # 10
I really like the website indeed.com, you can search for jobs by your city & state & also using specific search words. So, if you want to work for events, you type in “events” and it’ll pull up all jobs that have the word “events” in the postings, and the postings are from multiple job websites. I like that because you don’t have to limit yourself to a category, like most sites make you select.
Post # 11
I would really suggest searching out actual companies with positions posted on their websites. I think by the time companies are putting positions up on Monster, etc they are either spam jobs or something crazy that no one wants or whatever.
If you can apply and interview for everything and everything you can. Even if it may not be a position you are interested in or qualified for the interview experience can be helpful and hopefully you will make an impression. Then when there is a position open you may have a better chance of hearing about it first!
Post # 12
When I look for jobs, I typically start by googling “chemical company tennessee” or “chemist tennessee” (I’m a chemist and was looking for jobs all over, but I searched state by state). Then I went to every single company I found, searched out their HR page, and applied on those sites. Took forever, but I got way more interviews than my friends who relied on monster or other similar sites.
Post # 13
You know what? I have gotten more calls from resumes I have sent to craigslist ads then anywhere else!
I use CareerBuilder, Monster, and a few other sites, but seriously I applied for a bunch of craigslist jobs last night and got three calls today and an interview!
My family’s company has put ads on craigslist in the past and it’s always out of desperation! They do it if they need someone right away! I think that makes a difference in why they get back to you so soon…
However, be smart and aware that there is no fee to post on craigslist, so anyone can post a phony job post to collect information.
Post # 14
In my experience mass job websites never work. I’ll go through company websites 100% of the time. I know at my job we refer EVERYONE to the website to apply. All the applications are done online. So figure out where you’d like to work and then look on their websites. I agree with a poster who said not to try and contact the director or Groomsmen, seriously. I get the mail for our Groomsmen and I’m told that any resume that gets sent to him I should put directly in the trash because those people clealy cannot follow directions.
Post # 15
Oh and also I don’t know if there are any bases near you but for government jobs, go to http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/.
Post # 16
Yes, definitly online! Not so much via those job search websites, but through actual websites of companies. I do think craigslist does have some pretty reputable job listings though. Then once you send the resume, I would be sure to follow up that it was received.