The process of beginning to look for a new job can feel overwhelming. With seemingly more and more jobs available each month, Americans are being forced to reevaluate their current financial situations. Many workers find themselves asking, “Am I content with my current employer?” Roughly half of Americans reported adequate satisfaction, but what if you are a part of the group that wants more?
While there are numerous ways to begin your job search, the most important component is to simply start your search. You won’t find your dream career without searching or assuming it will come to you.
Your Friend: Social Media
In this digital age, one thing is for certain: Social media dominates our lives and the society we live in. Over the past decade, it has grown to play a larger role in our everyday lives. Our jobs and means of employment are no exception. Companies often advertise roles they are looking to fill on their sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.
They may use a Staffing and Recruiting company, like Johnson Service Group, to find these candidates for them directly through recruiters. Sometimes they employ third-party sites like Indeed to host job opportunities and means for applying online. Regardless, job openings and employers needs are readily available over the internet. Finding and accessing them is a matter of knowing where to look.
Your Friend: Your Friends/Colleagues
The best weapon when looking for a new job may seem obvious, but networking has withstood the test of time and remains the best way to land a new career. And while the landscape of the networking world has evolved to incorporate cell phones, social media, video calls, and other technologies, the goal remains the same, to form valuable connections between one or more people.
Touch base with peers or colleagues from your past. A simple direct message on LinkedIn or Twitter asking about someone’s current state is both a friendly hello, and a way to learn about their place of work. If appropriate and they are willing, a first-hand account of an employer is one of the most valuable pieces of information during a job search. From here, we could ask them to formally introduce us. A formal introduction creates a more lasting and meaningful connection, increasing your chance of being remembered (and hopefully hired).
If you have no immediate connections that interest you, look at potential employers through LinkedIn. A company’s profile lists employees that you might have surprising connections with!