When job searching, adopting new tools of the trade can hold benefits

12.06.2013


When job searching, adopting new tools of the trade can hold benefits
When job searching, adopting new tools of the trade can hold benefits

Anyone trying to find a job will know the importance of different tools in the process. But sticking with what you know may be limiting your searching opportunities. To expand your job searching horizons in the long run, adopting a variety of different tools in the process can play a tremendously positive role.

Searching in unexpected places
While most job seekers initially turn their sights to job boards, using a layered approach can better help your chances, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Being able to consider the benefits of working with recruiters, contacting employees of current companies that you may have connections with and expanding your network whenever possible can all not only shake up the typical approach but also strengthen your hiring horizons.

Another tool that can boost your job searching profile is a staffing company. Whether a worker is trying to gain more experience in a certain field or interested in expanding their professional network, these resources will go out of their way to provide help and assistance. Not only can they match your qualifications with a certain position or industry, helping you to hone your aim for future positions, but they can also get you in contact with plenty of industry professionals in the process. Your work contacts list, resume and potential references for future searches will all see a big boost as a result.

Raise your profile
Some additional strategies that can vastly help your employment chances include taking on personal projects in your spare time and looking for side work in the field you're involved in. ZDNet suggests that freelance projects done on your own time can hold multiple advantages, as not only can they show your skill and prowess in a certain position, but they can help you explain how you've spent your free time between positions.

One such project that the news source suggests is to build a website. With the proper search-engine optimization and design work, a website can not only raise your profile when your name is searched for on the Internet, but it can provide a one-stop shop for information about yourself. Modern web platforms allow for documents to be hosted on their servers, which means your resume and any important work you've recently done can take center stage in the website design itself.

If that's not enough, local networking events can also be a valuable addition to anyone's working efforts. Instead of spending all of your time on social media sites like LinkedIn, meeting new authorities from your industry in question in person can hold multiple benefits, as you can learn more about the state of the field itself and new techniques and processes that have recently been adopted. Appearing at such events can also boost your profile, as you can pass out business cards and connect with more professionals than ever.

New approaches to social media
According to Forbes, it can also be helpful to make some simple adjustments to your social media profiles. For instance, keeping things professional from appearance to content is key. In some cases, taking a new photograph in business-formal clothing can be advantageous, as can keeping a well-rounded image of your personal and professional lives combined.

Adopting a blog may be one of the best ways to position yourself as an industry professional, as it can be free and simple to tie to your overall profile. Recruiters will likely be looking for people with interest and connections to a field, and in blogging you can collaborate and learn from others as well, giving you a unique position in the field as a student, a resource and a teacher alike.

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