How many of you spend hours looking through different websites every day for various positions? Maybe you start your morning with www.careerbuilder.com and then you might go to www.hotjobs.com, and perhaps on to another website after that. With new job hunting websites popping up every day, it becomes harder and harder to discern which ones to use. One of my favorite tips for job seekers is to set yourself up with www.indeed.com job alerts. Indeed is powered by Google and thus, is able to search EVERY site on the web for the position you are looking for. If you are not already on Indeed, I highly recommend setting yourself up with several job alerts. These alerts will be emailed to you every morning and will list EVERY position that meets your search criteria listed anywhere on the web. You want to make sure to set up several different alerts to match your profession as different recruiters and hiring managers will use different titles. For example, if you are an attorney, you might want to do one alert for “attorney”, one for “lawyer”, one for “Associate” and so on.
What do job seekers who get hired have in common? They do not sit around and wait for someone to hire them! Rather then sitting around waiting for the perfect opportunity to fall into their lap, they go out and network with people who can help them land their next position.
How do you know what events to attend or where to meet people? There are a variety of events that you can go to which can help you land your next job. In some cases, you might want to go to specific job hunter meetings such as Pink Slip Mixers or Challenger Group meetings. In other situations, you might want to attend business mixers such as Chamber of Commerce meetings or Viral Publicity gatherings. If you are looking for an informal way to get together with people who have similar interests to you then you might want to check out Meetup Groups
For a full list of networking opportunities in your area please go to: http://www.meetingsandmixers.com
Regardless of where you go to network, the idea is to get yourself out there and start connecting. There are hundreds of networking events happening in Los Angeles every month. I recommend attending at least one networking event a week if you are unemployed, or at least 2 a month if you are currently working.
Remember, 80% of jobs are filled through word of mouth!