8 New Ways To Look For A Job

new job search tipsSometimes it feels that job searching hasn't changed in eons: Write a resume, network, answer ads, interview. And you've been using just those to land a job without success. So you're craving something new.

Even in our highly-digitized era, I don't believe the cloud can replace coffee -- that is, sitting down over a cup of coffee with a potential job lead. That said, the internet continues to yield new tools, job search strategies, and factors to consider. Here's the latest crop:

Employers will Google you. If there's something you've posted that you don't want prospective employers to see, take it down. If someone else has written something unfairly negative about you, see if you can get them to take it down. Be sure your LinkedIn profile is complete, including an engaging headshot.

Try CareerSonar. It ranks all jobs available online by the strength of your connections on Facebook and LinkedIn. That makes it easy for you to know when to try to get a connection to try to help you.

Check out Glassdoor.com. The site makes it easy to dig up the straight scoop on what it's like to interview with and work for a specific employer.

You might try posting a Twesume: a 140-character resume on Twitter. Employers like to screen fast and many are looking for social-media-friendly applicants. Sample: Tech PR pro. 16+ years experience both in-house & agency. Looking in LA.

If you're camera-friendly, post a YouTube resume of you explaining something you're expert in.

Show your portfolio. In answering job ads or making unsolicited queries to prospective employers, include a portfolio of your work products and/or a business plan explaining what you could do if hired.

Speak up online. It can't hurt to make some smart posts on a blog, Twitter, or LinkedIn forum.

Stop asking for informational interviews. People are sick of being asked. Replace that by being a savvy Googler and searcher of LinkedIn groups.

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If you need a free site for an online portfolio which allows you to use text, pics, video, audio and slides try www.rmshu.com

May 07 2013 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lauren Simonelli

Great article Marty! I think job seekers constantly need to innovate and think of new ways to stand out. That includes what you mentioned- building a professional presence on social media, actively writing a blog, or creating an online resume. Another great tool for job seekers to stand out is www.gozaik.com. They can build an online resume with video, images, social media, etc.

April 25 2013 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julia Robert

Thanks for sharing this nice post. job searching is the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment or discontent with a current position. The immediate goal of person searching a job is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired. The job hunter or seeker typically first looks for job vacancies or employment opportunities.

April 24 2013 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It seems that the days of having knowledgeable HR Managers that know how to read a resume, that know how to spot red flags or absolutely wonderful employees with a mediocre resume are gone! Companies don't put that much effort into finding employees. According to this article, they google the potential employee, they check YouTube for them, they look on Facebook and Twitter, they look on LinkedIn - they put in days checking all this but they still can't glean important information from a resume! In this day and age of identity theft, posting everything about yourself online is just asking for trouble and I don't like doing it. No wonder this country is having a jobs crisis - the HR Managers can't figure out who to hire!

April 19 2013 at 7:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Great article. I highly recommend opening a blog online. It's by far one of the best ways to promote yourself. CareerSonar also looks nice and intuitive, wasn't aware of this website.

April 18 2013 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nothing new here. Nohing terribly useful either. People are not tired of being asked for informational meetings if you are introduced by a close connection. Googling or using Linkedin might work, but I won't take a meeting request for anyone unless someone I know and trust refer them to me.
I know no employers who Google potential hires, so while there might be some, not all employers do it. In addition, given there are few unique names in the world, how are they going to know it was you, John Smith, who did whatever was in Google's results?
Many companies are using Twitter to find resumes? So many companies think you can summarize a work history in less than 200 characters? I don't want to work for any company who thinks that.
Why would I go to YouTube to find you? Sounds to me like businesses are wasting way too much time finding out about you between Google, Linkedin, YouTube, Twitter. It would be alot easier to have someone drop off a great resume and for me to talk to that person.
The best way to find a job is to contact everyone you know and start talking to them. When you are done, ask them to whom you should be talking and go talk to them, then repeat.

April 18 2013 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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