You Can Make Your Job Search More Productive

Job hunting can feel like a full-time job — without the payout. Any modern job seeker knows the struggle of sending resumes far and wide and not getting their desired results. That’s why the team at spent six weeks consulting with experts and hands-on testing the most popular job sites. Consider these takeaways from their research:

According to Steve Dalton, the program director for Daytime Career Services at Duke University, the most important information a job site can give you isn’t the listing itself, but the metadata. Rather than looking at each post as a potential job, consider what else the listing shows: which companies are hiring, what salary ranges and credential requirements look like, and who you might know that works there or can help you get a foot in the door.

- If you see a company is posting a job you’re interested in, send out an email asking for an informational interview. An in-person or phone meeting is better than a resume sitting in a pile!
- Job sites are not a replacement for networking. Online searching is an incredibly useful tool, but it alone is not going to get the job. Getting yourself out there and networking, both online and off, is the most effective way to get visibility.
- Don’t get bogged down by the search itself, think about what working at the company will really be like! Tools like Glassdoor give you an inside look into a company’s culture, which can help you determine if it’s a good fit, and can be a good way to personalize a cover letter and resume on an application.
- Positivity is key! It can feel like your search is going nowhere, but keeping your head up and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can lead to new and exciting opportunities.

A quality job site can connect you with thousands of employers and companies, but remember: it won’t get the job for you! For more job hunting tips, check out: Job_Hunting_Tips_from_Our_Experts

Author:  Ilona Abramova           
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