Your old job search has a new face.
It is true that many traditional job search methods continue to be highly effective, including:
* contacting prospective employers by phone
* dropping off résumés at a place of business
* combing through the classified ads
Increasingly, however, new methods of job search are taking precedence:
- Online job banks – More and more Powell River employers are posting their jobs online and often on multiple sites. People who require help in accessing these sites are invited to sign up for Career Link’s brand-new workshop “Removing the Mystery from the Online Job Search.” Next scheduled for March 29. Future workshop dates are listed here www.careerlinkbc.com/calendar.html.
- Job alerts – Another fairly recent innovation is the “job alert.” The time spent consulting job banks can be cut to a fraction by signing up for automatic job alerts. Newly posted jobs will be sent directly to your inbox, or cell phone. Getting an application in early gives jobseekers the jump on their competitors. Sign up for your Career Link job alert at http://www.careerlinkbc.com/services.html.
- Online application forms – In the old days, people looking for work simply showed up at the jobsite with tools and a lunch pail, hoping to be hired. But in these times of liability concerns, construction sites are often off limits to hopeful jobseekers. And while emailing remains an effective way to get a résumé into the hands of some employers, others refuse to open such emails for security and confidentiality reasons. Many employers prefer to have all applicants apply via a secure, online application form, often available through the “Careers” section of the company website. (Depending on the size of the company, it may not even be a human being “reading” your resume or application for the first time, but a computer scanning for keywords.) In such cases, the company usually requests that résumés and cover letters be pasted directly into the online application form. To do so, jobseekers are usually required to convert their documents into the correct format. Career Link recommends and can help you with creating a “plain text” resume for this purpose.
4. Social media – Used wisely, social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can make job searching faster and easier. Our twitter name is @CareerLinkBC and you can “follow” us at http://twitter.com/#!/CareerLinkBC. Twitter will let you know immediately when we come across a new Powell River job posting as we “tweet” links to new postings and current labour market information. For jobseekers, a simple basic step is to “tweet” that you’re looking for work, or send the news out via a “status update” to all your Facebook contacts. For tips on creating a Facebook résumé, check out the following website: http://jobmob.co.il/blog/facebook-resume
While Facebook is primarily a social site that can be adapted to job search, LinkedIn is designed for ambitious jobseekers hoping to expand their careers. Résumés are an important part of the user’s profile: in addition to being the first thing that new contacts will see, a résumé can also be forwarded to another LinkedIn user. With so many professionals and CEOs using LinkedIn, this gives the ordinary jobseeker direct access to people they might not be able to contact so easily on the phone, or even via email. The site also features its own job bank, with job alerts sent directly to the user’s profile and email address, if requested.
Overwhelming as all this may seem, jobseekers will find they can makeover their job search fairly quickly, through workshops in basic computer, emailing and Internet skills. Those who want to keep their job searching fresh are invited to contact us at 604.485.7958 to register in a workshop. Try it. You have everything to gain.