Great Ways to Find Open Jobs
While posting your resume on Monster and other job boards is great, the most successful people heavily diversify their job search. This does take time and effort, but what worth while in business doesn't take time and effort?
From my experience running KAS Placement executive search, the benefits that job seekers who follow this formula have more options which results in salary negotiation leverage, opportunities at growing companies and the ability to handle rejection better as more opportunities are coming in daily.
Below, I've compiled a few creative and effective ways to diversify your job search and, as a result find the job that you want and the salary that you are seeking:
1. Articles - Many CEOs of small to mid-size firms write articles on their industry and are heavily flattered when a job seeker reads them. As a matter of fact, these individuals appreciate the 5 minutes so much that they are more likely to hire you...even if they don't have an open job.
2. Industry Websites - One thing that 99% of companies have in common is that they post their open jobs on their website. This is regardless of whether they post the open job publicly, whether they are using a recruitment agency to supplement their efforts or implement social media recruiting efforts.
Dig deep and do your research; you'll find jobs that are less competitive to get, but pay better and have more of a future. It's a win-win.
3. College Alumni Job Boards - Just because you graduated college, doesn't mean that you can't hit the university up for an interview or two. For employers, posting at schools is very cheap or sometimes even free.
After all, you did pay a lot of money to get that degree, make it pay you back.
4. Press Releases - There tends to be a correlation between companies that have news to report and those who have open jobs. See who is active in the news, visit their website and you are likely to be successful via avenue #2 mentioned above.
5. Niche Job Boards - While there may be more jobs on the major job boards, our sales and marketing executive recruiting team has seen many job seekers find their ideal position through smaller, more niche job boards.
Consider it the bargain shopping of your job search and we all know that sometimes there is a gem waiting for you.
In the End
It's in my opinion that too many job options is better than sitting around twiddling your thumbs. However, remember that it's important to pick the best companies out of the bunch and always prep for each interview as if it were your only option. Implement the above avenues and you should be many times more successful than the traditional job seeker.