Summer holidays are almost over, and soon, we’ll be back to reality. What now?
If you’ve decided that you are not going back to school, university, further studies or training courses and finding a job is on your agenda, you need to know where to look to find a job.
The thing to remember is that often employers will use a number of recruitment methods to find their next star employee. So be open-minded and flexible when looking for a job, and most importantly, don’t give up. Don’t be disheartened if you have applied for 3 or 4 jobs and received a knockback or, worse still, not heard a response at all. We know it can be incredibly demotivating, but you need to keep trying and put yourself out there. Continue to apply for jobs and follow up on your application. But before we get to that topic, let’s talk about where to look for a job.
Here are five places to look for a job:
The internet is a powerful tool when looking for a job. Many employers advertise job vacancies on the internet, whether they put them up on their company website or job search websites.
Be sure to google workplaces that interest you and check if they are recruiting. Particularly for larger organisations, they will often have a careers section on their website where you can search for job opportunities.
You should frequently check job search websites such as Seek, Indeed or Jora. There are many job search websites to choose from where you enter the job title keywords and your location to gain results of jobs available.
Many organisations will engage an external recruitment or employment agency to act on their behalf and assist with the recruitment process for their business. There are loads of agencies on the internet that connect job seekers and employers.
Social media is another way employers will advertise recruitment opportunities.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the internet and is a great way to find a job or internship. Not only is it a jobs board, but it is also a great tool to enrich your professional network and market knowledge by connecting with relevant professionals and companies. You can also join specific industry groups. So get your LinkedIn profile updated!
A great feature of LinkedIn is that you can create job alerts based on your preferences and get notified when a new job becomes available.
Let’s not forget about Facebook, where you can enter your location, category, salary or job type to filter what kind of jobs you’re looking for. Keep an eye out for ads posted on business pages or Facebook Job Groups.
Instagram is another platform worth utilising, as the organisations you follow will notify you when they post new job opportunities.
Word of Mouth
Speak to your family, friends and colleagues and let them know that you are looking for a job. This is all about networking yourself with everyone you know and growing your network. Just through speaking to others, you may learn of a job opportunity, or they may connect yourself to other people they know of who are recruiting. Employers will often speak with their networks first to find out if they know of anyone who would fit the role.
You may also be surprised to learn that not all jobs are advertised. Companies may be planning on recruiting new hires in the future and therefore have not placed a job ad. However, by having a conversation with your networks, you can discover and create new opportunities.
Don’t be shy and approach employers directly by email, phone or even in-person to find out if they are recruiting. By putting yourself out there, you will find out if there are current or possible future opportunities. Have your resume up-to-date and ready to go, in case they ask for it.
If you work for an organisation on a part-time or casual basis and are now looking for full-time work, speak to your current employer about opportunities within their organisation, particularly if it’s a company where you can grow and develop your skills. Given that you are already working there and know the business, and if you’ve had a good track record, who knows what opportunity lies ahead! You will never know until you ask.
Don’t forget to check your local paper for local job opportunities, particularly in regional areas where the newspaper can still be strong within the local community. Check the employment or classifieds section! They may have an online edition as well as a print edition.
Remember, there is more than one way to find a job. Get out of your comfort zone and keep your options open by being flexible with your approach. Speak with your family and friends and tell them you are looking for a job. Get out there and talk to employers directly. Use social media platforms and google away to hunt for your next job!
For more assistance to help you get a job, check out Keyba Careers’ crash course to ensure you are job-ready and land the job you are after!