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5 Tips for a Productive Job Search

February 27, 2013 05:05 AM


Have you found your job search to be slow or unproductive? Well I sat down with our recruiters for a day and learned some helpful tips. Here are some tips that I picked up that will help your hunt for a new job go smoothly.

Network, network, network. If you haven’t already, join a professional organization in your field of interest and start attending those meetings. Get your name out there and create good business relationships with everyone you meet. You never know who might be able to help you land a great job. Don’t forget to use social media as a networking tool! Monster provides some other great networking and job search tips.

Use social media in your search. More and more companies are developing social media sites directed toward recruiting. Find companies you’re interested in on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. and follow or like their pages. They may post a job opening that you haven’t previously seen on their website. They also may post tips for landing a job in their industry or at their company specifically.

Prioritize your search. It’s important to put your time and effort into opportunities that you’re most interested in and that have the best chance of coming to fruition. Start by choosing a few companies that interest you and pursue them. Even if they don’t have openings you are interested in, send in your resume. You never know when they might save your resume and pull it out for an opening in the future.

Know what you want. To narrow down your search even more, know what kind of job you are really looking for. Are you searching for a long- or short-term position? Do you know what type of work you want to do? What skills can you offer an employer that you also love to use? Ask yourself these questions to help narrow your search. This article from CareerBuilder has more great tips on searching for jobs.

Try new approaches. If you find yourself in a search rut, add a new strategy to your job search. Instead of only searching for positions online, try working with a recruiter or maybe talk with a friend who works at the company where you’d like to work and get a referral.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re conducting your job search. If you haven’t already, be sure and like the AFACareers Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @afacareers and connect with American Fidelity on LinkedIn for career opportunities and more information.

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