Smart Services to Pay for in your Job Search
When it is time to find a new job, no matter the circumstances, it can feel like a daunting task. Even when you are tied into career networking and know the direction in which you would like to go, you can often feel very overwhelmed. Let’s talk about some often overlooked tools that you may not be utilizing. These tools can prove to be instrumental in directing your job search and making it nearly painless.
- Job Boards
There are almost too many online job boards to count. So how do you know which job boards will not prove to be a waste of time? The truth is, this will take some work on your part. You will want to stick with the familiar, large, more established sites that have been around and successful for a significant amount of time. Also you may want to start with those that are local if you are hoping to stay in the same geographical location. You may find that there is a minimal cost for access to some of these boards; however, many of them are free to use.
Hint: Always use the advanced search options when searching for jobs on these sites. By doing so you will significantly narrow down extra information and jobs that do not relate to your needs. This will help your search to be much more efficient.
If you aren’t already a member of LinkedIn it may be time to become one. This network can be a valuable asset in your job search. Rather than spending countless hours doing research or pounding the pavement looking for the perfect career opportunity, let others help you! By using career networking sites such as LinkedIn, you are sending out information about your job needs to a variety of people in many different types of work environments. It is just like having a team of job recruiters on your payroll. Don’t forget to give as much as, or even more, than you get—the more you help others, the more likely you are to receive the help you need as well.
- Background Checking Services
Have you ever wondered what a former employer would say about you? You may not even be aware of this, but there are companies that will provide discreet calls to your last boss or supervisor to determine if they will give you a good reference. One such company is Allison and Taylor, but there are also others. These companies will help you to feel secure in knowing what potential employers will be told about you. They can also help you with background check reports and other personal areas that may come up as you search for that perfect job. These services are not free, of course. However, if you are serious about landing that position that you are qualified to have and just need to be given the chance, this route may be a helpful option for you.
- Resume Distribution Services
Resume distribution services are another excellent option that you may be failing to take advantage of. These distribution companies can help make the most challenging job searches easy and efficient. They help you to reduce the time you would spend on a traditional job search. These companies are able to maximize your exposure to extraordinary opportunities across the globe by distributing your resume to recruiters and companies that are actively filling positions in your area of expertise. Do a little homework (or ask Amy L. Adler at Five Strengths), find a reputable company and get your information out there!
- Resume Writing Services
The final service that is definitely worth mentioning is a resume writing service. If you aren’t familiar with exactly how these work, let me give you the details. You submit your relevant information such as: education, previous employers and work experience, additional skills, locations and fields that you are interested in, etc. You will probably also want to submit some form of a resume that you have used in the past. Once they have all of the information that they need, they compile it into a simply amazing resume! Obviously this saves you both time and frustration! Let’s face it, writing an attention getting, professional looking resume that will stand out above the rest is not an easy thing to do. We are not all equipped with the skills or the time necessary to create an exceptional resume. Call Amy L. Adler at Five Strengths Career Transition Experts to talk about your current career goals and resume writing requirements.
No two job searches are the same. You must personalize your journey. Make choices that you have completely thought through and feel good about. Be patient, it may take time. There are countless “tools” available to help you, let that be a comfort. Having many options and strategies to choose from is a great thing. Move forward with confidence!
By Brandy Higginson, Five Strengths Contributor