As we settle into the New Year, many of us are asking ourselves the same questions – “Do I have any New Year’s Resolutions? And am I going to keep them?” It is said that “finding a new job” is one of the highest ranking New Years’ Resolutions every year. If you are one of those people who has vowed to find a new job in 2013 how are you going to go about it? To give you some idea of which avenues might be the best for you I have divided them into 3 categories: Jobsites, Networking & Referrals and Good Recruitment Partnerships.
Top 3 Resources for your Job Seeking:
1. Job Sites
There are various jobsites out there that contain targeted career listings for your perusal. These sites include Irishjobs, Jobs.ie, Computerjobs, Salesjobs, RecruitIreland and Loadzajobs. Scrolling through pages and pages of job postings can be daunting and repetitive. That is why I thought it important to tell you ones that I think stand out the most for me.
Irishjobs.ie – I have found this site to be very useful when looking for senior level jobs and both large established companies and recruitment agencies use it. However, the downside is that there is a lot of repetition and the same job can be posted multiple times.
Jobs.ie – This site tends to be aimed more towards junior level applicants and has a good range of jobs for part-qualified accountants, mid-level sales, IT and catering/hospitality professionals. The main drawback to this site is that there are not a lot of senior jobs.
Linkedin – This is an excellent networking tool that, since 2011, has allowed you to apply for jobs using your Linkedin profile as a resume. Most of the time you can also see the linkedin profile for the HR contact who posted the job so you know who to address it to.
Monster.ie – Uploading your CV here makes you a lot more visible to companies/ recruiters looking for a strong professional. The negatives would include being potentially seen by your current employer.
2. Networking & Referrals
Networking – This is an excellent way to get your name known on the market, to find out about job opportunities and to potentially get headhunted. So far the best online networking tools are Linkedin and Twitter with the latter allowing you to follow people freely without having to ask for permission. Use these tools well and you can connect/follow HR or Hiring Managers or company owners, but make sure everything on your page and the things you post are professional and showcase your skills.
Referrals – There is no better way to get a job these days than by a referral. If you know of anyone working in a company that is heavily recruiting in your area ask them to please give your CV to the hiring manager. If they are interested in meeting with you the positives are that you have:
• A friend giving you the inside scoop.
• Someone who is also heralding your skills/personality.
Just make sure you don’t let your friend down because they will never help you again.
3. Good Recruitment Partnership
I’m not trying to tout my profession but there definitely are positives to using recruiters when searching for a job. This is because they have strong connections with companies that are built up over time, they are aware of the hidden job market (unpublished jobs) and they can give you advice on CV writing and how to prepare you for interviews. Not all recruiters work to the same ethical standards so do some research on whom you decide to partner with.
With all of these resources my advice to you would be to make sure you are aware of the different avenues you can take in your job search and don’t be afraid to use one or all of them. If any of your friends/family has recently gotten a new job ask them for advice on how they did it. Also, make sure you seriously consider whether a new job is the best option for you before you actually make the leap! Once you do decide to go for it, get out there to make it happen.
So which one of the above options for job searching do you prefer?