If you are currently unemployed or unhappy in your current role, you’re probably looking to make a career move. But this is often easier said than done, and individuals are often less than excited about the thought of a job search. It brings a sense of vulnerability and stress, as we try to sell an employer on the idea of hiring us, while your skills, experience, and personality are picked apart by resume-sorting algorithms or hiring managers.
There are several resources at your disposal when looking to navigate these processes and uncertainty; however, the ones we’ll focus on today live online and are available to you, free of charge.
Everyone knows what Google is and what it can do. But when searching for a job, are you ensuring you’re getting the most out of this search engine as you could be? Google provides us the information (or entertainment) on just about anything. So, why would careers be any different?
At its base, Google is a functioning (and free) job board. Searching “engineering jobs” yields 100+ results for related jobs, automatically filtering to openings near your location. You also have the option to filter the results, find related openings, or apply right there.
Maybe you have applied for a job and are scheduled for an interview. To adequately prepare, use Google to research the company you are applying for and the industry they operate in. Background information like this is one of the basics that a hiring manager will look for, as it shows initiative and interest in the company, versus viewing it as just another job.
Google is also a great way to find an awesome recruiter, like the ones at Johnson Service Group, connecting you with a professional job searcher to ensure you find the opportunities best fit for you.
LinkedIn is commonly known as the professional social network, and for good reason. It operates in a similar fashion to sites like Twitter, where users post updates, images, and videos, driving communication and connecting people around the world. But it also comes with a number of features you need to be taking advantage of during your job search.
LinkedIn has its own job board (and so does JSG!) you can use to find open roles based on several criteria, like skills or company preference. Perusing a company’s LinkedIn page can also give great insights into a company’s culture. This will allow you to get a better idea of what it would be like to work there. LinkedIn is also a great place to house your digital resume; you can link past roles, experiences, and have others vouch for skills you claim to have in the form of online endorsements.
With so many people on LinkedIn, it’s a great way to grow your network and expand the opportunities available to you. This is especially true of recruiters who use LinkedIn to source professionals for open jobs they are looking to fill. LinkedIn is an easy way to let a recruiter know you are open to new opportunities!
Glassdoor is a fitting name as it provides insights into a company based on the first-hand experiences of others. This site hosts its own job board like the other sites discussed in this article, but it provides other services as well. In-depth company reviews listing both pros and cons are of great use when assessing the employer. You can also find descriptions of job interviews for various companies; information you can use to prepare yourself when you interview with that company.
JSG’s Job Board
Johnson Service Group hosts our own job board, filled with hundreds of different opportunities. Whether you’re looking for your very first role or another opportunity to advance your career, we have job opportunities across the U.S. and Canada. Check out our job board and work with a recruiter today to find the opportunity you’ve been searching for!