Search for a Job Effectively
There are infinite ways to look for a job; starting with more effective job searching strategies will save time. Think about how employers go about filling a job; employers are busy and do not like having to fill positions. Thus, employers use trustworthy methods for filling a position. The following list ranks hiring methods from most trustworthy to least.
- Hiring from within the organization
- Hiring an unknown applicant who can prove that they can do the job (e.g. cashier demonstrating making correct change)
- Hiring an applicant who is recommended by a trusted colleague or friend of the hiring manager
- Hiring an applicant who is recommended by a trusted agency (e.g. a temporary employment firm)
- Hiring an applicant who has applied to a job advertisement posting
- Hiring an individual who has submitted a resume when no job has been posted
Unless you are in a company that you want to stay with, most job seekers can start with option 3. To do so, think about your personal network and where they work. Your goal will be to have someone recommend you to a hiring manager. To get someone to recommend you, they need to know that you are looking and how a hiring manager can contact you. The first action in an effective job search is to tell everyone you know what you are looking for and your contact information.
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