Searching for jobs can be overwhelming. Simply looking through job search sites such as Craigslist or Monster.com and applying for various jobs can be ineffective without proper preparation. Searching for a job requires organization. When you begin your search you should have a general idea of what you are looking for. For example, you should know what industry you want to go into. This will help narrow your search results.
Thousands of new positions are posted every day to various job sites. In order to find a job that best fits your skill set you need to organize what you’re searching for. Many job search sites allow users to filter their search results based on various criteria. Below is a list of the various criteria
4) Posting Date
5) Career Level
6) Years of experience
7) Education Level
8) Job type
You should begin to look through your past employment experiences and match them up with each of these fields. This will help to ensure you apply for a job that fits your past experiences, ensuring a higher chance of employment. For example if you worked in the retail industry in your past employments you should look for other jobs in that industry. You should also make sure to browse by years of experience. If you worked in a particular industry for over 5 years you should search for postings that require that amount of experience.
What to look for in each job posting
Most job postings online have descriptions of the responsibilities and what they are looking for in a potential candidate. These descriptions are imperative in your job search. Read through these descriptions and make note of what they are saying. Make sure that you have the qualifications they are looking for. You should also make sure that all the responsibilities and qualifications listed are highlighted on your resume. For example if a position says they are looking for a candidate who is efficient with Microsoft excel, check your resume to make sure that qualification is located within your resume. This tactic will ensure you make it through the filtering process. If one qualification is not met on your resume they might dismiss you as a potential candidate. Most importantly think about whether the job sounds right for you. If the job description sounds like something you wouldn’t enjoy doing, then it’s probably not a good choice to apply for that position.
Once you have searched through various jobs it is now time to organize the jobs you want. We recommend you rank each job 1-15 with 1 being the job you want most. Make sure your resume is tailored more towards the top 5 jobs. Make note of where each company is located. This will help you in the future when you get called in for an interview. If you are unable to commute to the specified location, then that particular job might not be a good fit. If a location is out of your range you should take it out of your top 15 listings and replace it with another job posting. Once this process is complete you can begin to apply for each position
Before searching for jobs you should go through this list and write down what you are looking for within each field. The more specific you make your search results the better chance you will have of finding the right job. You should never apply to more than 15 jobs at a time. This will help you keep track of what jobs you’ve applied for and make the follow up process easier.