Looking for a job? I promise that I have your back. I am going to give you the ultimate tips that will help you when looking for a job. Despite popular belief, looking for a job is not easy, especially if you want a good job. You cannot just put in one application a week and hope for the best, which I spoke about in my underemployed post click here to read.
Looking for a job is like a part time job in itself. So many people get discouraged when looking for a job because they may not know where to start, they do not get a call back, or they may not be doing it right. Such as issues with their resume, I have other blog posts that you can read on resume writing (click here) and recent college grads (click here) that can assist you will your employment journey.
You can look for a job all you want to but your resume is not on point and if you do not have the proper interview techniques (click here and here for my blogs on interviewing) then you will NOT get a job.
In any case, this post will teach you how to find the job. These are my ultimate looking for a job tips and I promise you that if you follow them it will not steer you wrong.
Looking for a Job How to search
The first thing when looking for a job is that you have to know where to find the jobs. There are many different methods in searching for a job and I am going to teach you the main ones that will get you the best results. If you cannot find the right jobs to apply for, then you cannot find a job.
Job Search Engines
The easiest and most common method you want is the job search engines. To make this easy I suggest using Indeed as it compiles other job search engines and finds the most relevant jobs. Easy right, but the hard part is getting the best jobs to show up in your search results.
The first thing you want to do is search a title. Both a common title and an uncommon titles. Since I am in the mental health field I will show you how I conduct a in indeed. First I start with common titles that are in the field. This includes counselor, mental health counselor, professional counselor, therapist or mental health professional etc. You need to come up with 5-10 common titles to search to get the best results.
Once I have searched those jobs, then I used other names that are still used in the field that I may be qualified for they include social worker, case manager, care coordinator, clinical assessor, human services counselor, family and youth advocate, victim advocate, mental health advocate, mental health consultant, clinician, family advocacy worker, qualified mental health professional, residential counselor, recovery care coordinator, or licensed mental health professional. These are just to name a few. Because the list can go on and on. For this, you once again need to come up with 5-10 names so that you can get the maximum results.
Not all jobs call the same professional the same thing, so searching for just counselor would limit your results to posting that just say something about counselors. But searching for alternative names for titles that are in your field will give you much more results and all of the qualification for this alternative jobs are the same or very close.
If you have specialty experience or are looking for a specific population then this will give you more search terms. For example, I have worked with the military population. With that experience I can pull up additional search terms. Such as Military Life Consultant, Work life consultant (known in the military), Wounded Warrior Consultant, Veterans Affairs case worker, Veteran Health Care Specialist once again these are just to name a few. Another 5-10 terms you want to come up with.
The second search engine tip is not to search titles but rather key words that may appear in a job description. The way to do this would be to think of any key words that would show up in the job description of the job you are looking for and search it. Going with the mental health example some would be conducting clinical assessments, providing mental health, mental health diagnosis, mental health care coordination, youth and family advocacy, family advocacy program, treatment plans, human behavior, human services, or mental health clinics. And like the above example, you can also get details based off experience such as military mental health, veteran benefits administration, wounded warrior programs, or veterans’ health administration, Just to name a few.
Expanding Your Job Search
Now that you have the basic job search engine out of the way you can expand more. An easy way would just to plug in the company that you want to work for in the search engine and they will show you all the results. In addition, if you see a job that you really like through the search process above, Google the company and then go directly to their website. Most companies have their job listening on their website as well. More than what they put on the search engines.
Even though you did a detailed search of jobs through the job search engine. Often times all the jobs from the company do not show up. So once you see a job that fits what you are looking for, going directly to their website and looking up additional job postings though their sites gives you a better chance of finding a job that will also fit. If the company is an IT company and you are looking for IT jobs. You may find one or two jobs through Indeed but going directly to their website and looking at their open positions may allow you to find 5 more jobs that you did not see through the job search through Indeed.
Local, State, and Federal
The last type of job search that we will talk about is the government job searches that are through the local, state, and federal level. The local levels include your city or county. In order to find these jobs you will have to Google what your county or city website is and they typically have something on their website that tells you to view their job openings.
Also with local jobs, do not just limit yourself to your current county or city but also include ones that are nearby that you are willing to drive to. Nine time out of 10 each city and/or county has their own separate website that they list jobs on. So do not expect to go to your county website and see all of the local government jobs of other countries or cities, each has their own. And you need to visit each one and do a job search there.
The state website is a little different. Going to your state website for jobs, mean that all the jobs are listed for the state. But these are only state jobs. Meaning that even though your county or city is in the state, that does not mean it is a state job. State jobs are separate from county or city jobs in the way they are funded and who you work for.
You can work for the state and the job can be in the city you live in, but that does not make it a city job. So what I am saying is that even if you applied for a local government job do not think that it was included on the state website and vice versa. They are two separate things. When going to the state website, be sure to select all areas in which you are willing to travel in the state to get the most of out a job search
USAjobs is the hub for all federal jobs. If you want a federal job then it is simple, just put in your zip code, how far you are willing to travel for example (25 miles or 50 miles) and then search the jobs. I do not recommend putting in a key word, there are typically not a lot of Federal jobs because people tend to NOT quit those jobs. So I recommend searching all of them in your area.
Looking for a Job Things to Remember
Above are the ways that you should look for a job but if you really want to get one them be sure to do the following:
Apply for at least 5 a DAY. That sounds like a lot but it really isn’t. Looking for a job is NOT applying for one job a week. If you want a job and a really good job, know they are competitive and make it your mission to apply for 5 a day. It might start to get hard as it will seem like you applied for them all, but it will make you get more creative in your key words if you put a 5 job a day limit on yourself. You will find yourself pushing to find more jobs to apply for to meet your 5 a day quota. This is at least 25 jobs per week.
Apply for things that you somewhat what qualify for. The fact of the matter is that it is really hard for one person to meet every single thing mentioned of every job announcement. When you read the job announcement if you feel that you have the experience or can do the job listed, then apply for the job. The only thing they can tell you is no. People have gotten jobs that they have not met all the qualifications for all of the time. Myself included. So do not limit yourself.
If you are looking for a job then follow the above tips. I promise you that by following this techniques above you will have a job in no time. Remember it is hard work, but any job worth having does require dedication to apply to.