by Carol Fishman Cohen
Through our company, iRelaunch.com, my co-author and business partner Vivian Steir Rabin and I have presented our career reentry strategies to nearly 10,000 people at 150 events since 2006. We keep a running list of our top job search strategies, as we are always updating and adding to it.For the first time in print, we present to you five of iRelaunch’s "best of the best" job search ideas.
1. TO IDENTIFY EMPLOYERS WHO ARE HIRING: Look at sites of PAST and FUTURE job fairs. For example, pick a major university near you and Google “[name of university] job fair.” I did this for Northeastern University which is near me in the Boston area and here’s what I found.
Northeastern is having a job fair in the spring and there are 211 companies coming. Don’t wait for it – go now to those company sites – they are live linked here on the Northeastern site. Chances are if these companies are recruiting at the undergraduate level, they are looking for experienced hires too.
Or look at job fairs that already occurred within the last six months and see which employers were there. For example: Googling “Chicago job fair” brings you here.On the lower right hand side you will see the list of participating companies. Then go on line and see what job opps are posted at these companies.
2. LOOK AT OPENINGS AT ALL COMPANIES IN YOUR AREA, NO MATTER HOW UNLIKELY IT IS A PARTICULAR COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH YOUR SKILL SET. Unexpected jobs are found in unexpected places. Kaiser Permanente, the big HMO, had a recent opening for a Theater Director for their educational theater. Who would have thought? A Florida university is looking for a rabbi. Remember that most companies have positions in accounting, human resources, IT, marketing and other departments besides line positions creating their core products or services.
3. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE WEBSITES: THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION-CAREERS. Those outside of academia don’t know about this site where colleges and universities list their job postings for librarians, technology directors, museum directors and development professionals, in addition to faculty. If you “browse by location” you will see there are nearly 2,000 job openings listed within the U.S.
4. IF YOU HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, SEEK OUT THOSE WHO WERE JUNIOR TO YOU AS WELL AS PEERS AND BOSSES – Junior people who reported to you, whom you mentored, or whom you just knew have been moving up while you have been out of work.Not only are they often in a position to open a door for you, they are usually happy to do so because of the junior/senior status of your prior business relationship.
5. USE TWITTER FOR COMPANY RESEARCH. GOOGLE “TWITTER COMPANY NAME” Let’s take “Twitter Accenture” as an example. Sign up on Twitter and “follow” Accenture. See who Accenture “follows,” including their own employees. Follow those employees and ask them about what they do. If you get an interview at Accenture, comment on their Twitter site. This will tell them two things: 1) that you are technologically up to speed enough to use this new social networking vehicle, and 2) that you did deep enough research to see what they are discussing on Twitter.
Best of luck with your job search. Check back at www.iRelaunch.com and this blog for additional tips, news and advice.