Best Job Search Web Sites
To get started finding the job you want -- fast -- I suggest you register at the following Web sites and use
their free job search agents.
When job openings are found that match your preferences, you'll receive them by e-mail. It's like the
classified ads in reverse! I’ve set up links from the Guaranteed Résumés Web site to some of the best.
Point your browser here:
Flip Dog - http://www.gresumes.com/fd
The Vault - http://www.gresumes.com/v
Career Exchange - http://www.gresumes.com/ce
Cruel World - http://www.gresumes.com/cs
Are you a recent college graduate?
Search for jobs and upload your resume at College Recruiter - http://www.gresumes.com/cr
Are you a management or other professional?
Register with Futurestep, a free executive search service. Point your browser to the Career Section of the
Wall Street Journal and click on FutureStep - http://www.careers.wsj.com/
Finally, I’ve set up a comprehensive job search site with job search resources broken down by career type.
Point your browser here:
1 Stop Job Search - http://www.1-job-search-employment-careers.com/
Link to FREE Job Search Software
Title: Wanted Jobs 2K
System Requirements: Windows xp, vista and 7
Looking for the perfect job? Try Wanted Jobs 2K. This free, intelligent search agent uses your input (state,
job title, and keywords) to query all of the most popular job databases on the Web, including America’s
Job Bank, CareerMosaic, CareerPath, Monster.com, and the ZDNet jobEngine.
It diligently updates itself every time you use it and offers several must-have features for serious job
hunting: lighting-quick, multithreaded searches; customizable result depth and relevancy levels; result
sorting and flagging; integrated browser launching to examine individual ads; and refined seek features to
drill down into results.
To download your free version, just point your browser here:
Power Networking Tips
Here are two powerful ways to network your way to a new position -- job fairs and job clubs.
You'll see advertisements for job fairs in almost every Sunday paper. They're often held at local hotels or
convention centers. Even if you don't see an ad for a job you seek, if an employer you'd like to work for
will be at a job fair, go there with your résumé and start meeting people.
Let them know what you'd like to be doing for them -- they might offer to create a position just for you
that uses your skills. Or at least agree to let you interview. You'll never know what good things might
happen unless you go and find out!
In addition to meeting employers, try to exchange business cards with at least five other job seekers.
Why? They might be leaving a company that's looking for someone just like you! At the very least, you'll
be practicing your networking skills, which can help you in a job club.
Job clubs -- what are they and how can they help you? Here's the inside scoop.
Because the vast majority of jobs are filled through personal contacts, a job club can be very effective in
your job search. And you'll find them all around you. Contact your local library, church, community groups
and state employment agency for help in contacting one or more that suit your needs.
If your city publishes a free employment weekly newspaper, be sure to check the announcements section
to find job clubs; you may also find them listed in the phone book.
In a good job club, you'll meet regularly with 10-30 other people to share leads, provide support and
practice such skills as interviewing and negotiating for salary. Job clubs are often free, so don't worry
about high membership costs.
I highly recommend you consider adding job fairs and job clubs to your arsenal of job-search weapons!
How to Crack the Hidden Job Market
Often, the best jobs aren't advertised in your Sunday paper. And those that are will trigger a flood of
résumés, putting you in competition against thousands of other candidates.
Instead, you should try cracking the hidden job market. Here are two ways to do just that.
1) Apply directly to a company that suits you. This is so obvious that few people do it. Which means
you'll have far less competition. Simply identify five or six companies you'd like to work for and call
each to get the name and mailing address of the person who hires people like you.
Then, spend an afternoon researching these firms on the Internet. You want to familiarize yourself
with each company's products, markets and competitors. Most importantly, try to come up with at
least one suggestion for how your target companies can increase revenues or solve a problem.
Next, send a personalized letter and résumé to each employer. Follow up with another letter or an
e-mail if you don't hear back from them in 7-10 days.
2) Use your personal network. This is often the most effective (and under-used) job search technique.
Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Call every friend, relative and acquaintance
in your address book. If each person can't help you, ask them if they know someone else who can.
Your network will soon become massive. Eventually, someone should be able to put you in touch
with a decision maker who can hire you.
Even former employers can help. If you parted on good terms with your last boss, he or she might
be able to refer you to hiring managers in other companies who can help.