Looking for a new job can be an exciting and overwhelming time for many job-seekers. Baltimore is home to thousands of career opportunities in a variety of occupational fields. From business to health care, the possibilities are endless. Before beginning the search, however, it is important to understand how to navigate the process. Blindly looking for a job will only lead to headaches and never-ending lists. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when starting the job search process.
Gone are the days of knocking on doors for job openings. In today’s work environment, nearly all job-seekers rely on dozens of online job boards and websites to find careers. There are many job boards out there, but the big three include Monster, CareerBuilder and Indeed. All three of these job board websites post openings from companies located around the globe. Job-seekers can enter a keyword related to their field of interest and a ZIP code to browse through thousands of openings.
The best part about using an online job board to search for a career is the ability to narrow down the results. All three sites give job-seekers the option to filter out unrelated positions. For example, searching for “retail” in a city as large as Baltimore will return thousands of openings in a variety of industries. Job-seekers can narrow down these results to find only the ones that fit their interests.
Many job-seekers are interested in finding a certain position that meets their salary requirements. During the search, users can set a salary range for their desired position. For example, a user may search for “human resources,” narrow the results to a ZIP code in Baltimore and set a salary range between $40,000 and $50,000. This filter will remove all human resources jobs from the list that do not fall within the desired salary.
Other filters reduce the number of openings even further by eliminating positions that fall outside of a certain mileage. Job seekers can input a specific ZIP code in which they wish to work and filter the results by distance. For example, all jobs that fit the search terms and fall within 20 miles of the ZIP code will be shown in a one-page list. Jobs that are further away will not be displayed.
Keep an Online Resume
Resumes are nothing new. It is the traditional way to sell oneself to a prospective employer. However, in the age of modern technology, resumes have changed mediums. Instead of handing the boss a sheet of paper, job-seekers create online profiles that incorporate everything a traditional resume incorporates. These profiles can then be shared with potential employers, colleagues and business connections.
LinkedIn is one of the most popular and widely-used professional networking sites out there. Users can create an online profile with a short description of themselves, upload a professional headshot and post their resume. Most employers admit that they look at prospective employees’ LinkedIn profiles before inviting them for an interview. Job-seekers who do not have a LinkedIn profile may be missing out on hundreds of career opportunities.
Keeping an online resume is important, but keeping it updated is even more crucial. An out-of-date resume does more harm than good, and it is quite obvious to employers when a candidate has not updated his or her resume. Employers want to see that candidates are staying active in their careers. Therefore, job-seekers should review their resumes quite often to ensure they are up-to-date.
Job-seekers should log into their LinkedIn profiles at least once a day. This makes the profile “active,” which can be visible to employers. Being active on LinkedIn shows the user’s profile to potential employers and makes it known that the seeker is serious about finding a job. The more active a profile is, the higher the chance it will come across the screen of a potential employer.
Utilize Personal and Business Relationships
Networking is an integral part of every job search process. During the midst of searching for a new career, it is important to take advantage of all relationships. Job-seekers should reach out to friends, family members and colleagues within their field of interest to seek new career opportunities. There’s a good chance that someone knows of a job opening that they would gladly pass on to the job-seeker.
Personal recommendations can go a long way during the job search. If someone knows and likes you, and can speak highly of your personal attributes, it will only help you in the long run. You may not see a connection between your neighbor and your dream job, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reach out. You never know who may be able to recommend you for a job.
Attending frequent networking events is important for building relationships. Job-seekers should put those relationships to the test when applying for new jobs. What’s the point of attending a professional networking event if those newfound relationships will go unused? Job-seekers should reach out to the folks they meet during these events to inquire about any openings.
Send Thank You Notes
Standing apart from other candidates is the most important part of the job search. When two job-seekers have the exact same qualifications, what makes the hiring manager choose one over the other? One way to stand apart is to send thoughtful, personal thank you notes to the employers with whom you interview about two to three hours after. Not only does this keep your name fresh in their minds but it also reminds them that you are not a robot.
There’s no guarantee that other candidates won’t do the same thing. But sending a thoughtful note that thanks the individual for his or her time is one way to get to the top of the resume pile. Handwritten notes are always preferred over typed notes, as it shows the employer that you took the time out of your day to sit down and write. It also shows him or her that the note is not an automated, send-to-everybody response.