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When searching for a job, it’s important to take full advantage of all of the tools and resources at your disposal in order to find the position that you want, quickly. Job boards and networking groups are a great start, but here are four commonly overlooked resources that savvy job seekers can use to improve their chances of landing the perfect job:
Alumni Career Services Center: Even if you’re far removed from your college days, your alumni career services center may still be able to help you in your search. Many companies post jobs with career services centers as they search for not only new graduates, but experienced alumni. Often applications for these jobs go directly to the decision maker, further improving your chances.
Industry Associations: No matter what industry you’re looking to break into, chances are there’s an industry association that may offer membership perks that can be useful during your search. Networking events, specialized job boards, and email newsletters with job listings are just a few of the perks of being a part of a relevant association.
Industry Publications and Websites: In the same vein of thought, industry-specific publications, both print and digital, can be a great resource for your job hunt. Not only do such publications allow you to keep up on the latest news within your industry, improving your chances during the interview process, they often publish industry-specific job postings as well.
Social Media Groups: As social media continues to find its way into more areas of our day-to-day lives, specialized groups are becoming more and more common. There are many groups on both Facebook and LinkedIn devoted to not only specific industries, but also specific job functions. Participating in such groups is much like participating in traditional networking groups and can put you into contact with key decision makers at companies you’re interested in joining.
The job search process can be daunting at times but utilizing all of the tools and resources at your disposal can help you find the job you want as quickly as possible. And, if you’re on the hunt but don’t know where to begin, give your local AtWork branch a call. They can help place you into a position that suits your skills, in an industry you love.
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