Getting a Job -
How to Maximize Your Search
We've all been there - on that edge of hope that may lead to the next job. You know - the job I need to feed the kids, put gas in the car, keep a roof over our heads. One of those things that many of us want more than anything, but simply can't seem to find.
In the beginning, it's easy to be optimistic and network with friends and connections. As the days pass, however, it's easy to doubt my skills, abilities and value. Won't anyone just give me a chance?
Then to add insult to injury, there's the scammers. Those folks who offer what looks like a viable job opportunity, but in reality it's just another con job.
This blog is to share some of the ah-ha's I've come up with during my months of job hunting. It's how to use the free job listings that are out there without being used!
I'll use the job listings that is on this site - Maui Grapevine - as an example. http://www.mauigrapevine.com/jobs/
This job roll is from Indeed. It changes contantly as jobs are added or deleted. It is compiled of jobs from many different lists.
Lets look at a job listing:
Prudential - Honolulu, HI
Financial Professional Associate Training & Career Development Programs Provided... Prudential can give you a strong foundation for moving ahead with your...
From Prudential - 15 days ago
There are three main parts to each listing.
1) Job Title. This gives you a clue (hopefully) about what position is open. Clicking on it will give you more information on the job. We'll come back to that in a moment.
2) Company and Location. The employer and city are usually listed here, but not always. I try to avoid the ones that don't list the company, unless it's from a paid job feed like The Ladders.
3) Job Description. Usually very brief, this part describes the job ( or not...sometimes it's all about the company). Clicking on the job title will usually give you more information
4) Who posted it and when it was posted. The last line gives you this information. For the most accurate job openings, the Company and the Posting agency should match. If they do, you are only one click away from the company and their job application process.
What I want to share with you is how to get around most of the posting agencies that want to run you through their system before you get to the real employer.
Lets look at another job posting:
Baker and Taylor Group - Henderson, NV
Consider an easygoing Warehouse Worker job. Warehouse Worker Facts: -Entry level warehouse work -$8.00 hourly starting salary -Prepare warehouse shipments...
From Job.com - 17 days ago
Notice that this is posted by Job.com, not the company Baker & Taylor Group. Lets see what it
looks like if we open it up.
Company: Baker and Taylor Group
Location: Henderson, Nevada
- Salary: Not Specified
- Category: Warehouse / Distribution
- Date Posted: 11/07/2011
- Travel Required: 0%
- Security Clearance: No
- Work Type: Full-Time
- Company Type: Private
Consider an easygoing Warehouse Worker job.
Warehouse Worker Facts:
-Entry level warehouse work
-$8. 00 hourly starting salary
-Prepare warehouse shipments
-Pull warehouse orders
Ok, not too bad. I appreciate all the work Job.com has done to help me find a job. But I'm still not at the Employers site. Lets see what happens when we click That Apply now button.
Warehouse WorkerCompany: Baker and Taylor Group
Job Reference ID: 104989965
Location: Henderson, NV
Get Started Now and Apply!
Plus, you'll maximize your exposure and receive alerts when new Warehouse Worker jobs are posted!