Beyond Pioneer Pacific: Finding a Job2 November 2016
The internet has revolutionized the job market and the way we find jobs as a society. We no longer have to sit down with a local newspaper to browse classified ads, or walk into a business to make a job inquiry face-to-face. Today, everything is online. From aggregation websites like Craigslist to online job boards such as Monster, we can find opportunities hidden in a network of ones and zeros.
This revolution means finding a job online is an invaluable skill. If you don’t know how to efficiently search the web for jobs, it can be a waste of precious time. You could end up applying to fifty jobs and not hear back from a single one. The good news is there are specific things you can do to increase your odds of applying to, and being chosen for a job that’s right for you!ca
- Branch Out – Finding a job online means surfing several distinct channels. If you’ve tried Monster for a week, switch things up and check out Craigslist or Indeed. By navigating several channels, you might find there is one that attracts more opportunities in your field. This helps you focus your energy more on that channel.
- Alerts – You’ve likely searched several job databases, but you should also have an account that is signed up for alerts pertaining to your job search. You can elect to be notified via email when a job containing a certain word or category is posted. That way, you save time and can put more into applications.
- Choose Wisely – It might seem like widening your net for job searches will help you find something more easily, but it’s actually the opposite. The farther you get from your job wish list, the more time you spend distracted by positions you don’t really want or don’t have the qualifications for.
- Research – Found a company you like? If you’re considering applying to a position or simply reaching out, do a little background research on the company and your point(s) of contact. Don’t go in unprepared! Instead, impress them by bringing what you know into your communication, even in your very first introduction email or phone call.
- Network – To network online, keep a consistent professional profile on a social network like LinkedIn so prospective employers can find you and connect. Join in on meaningful conversations related to your industry. Showing your interest and engagement in the field increases your chance to make the right connections that lead to job referrals.
- Let Us Help – At every Pioneer Pacific College campus, you can find a Career Services Department with staff who are ready to help. From offering courses in Professional Development, to Job Search Assistance and Graduate Employment Opportunities, you can rely on our help from start to finish. If you don’t know where the Career Services Department is located on your campus, simply ask someone at our front desk!
Whether you’ve just graduated college or have an interest in a degree program, it’s never the wrong time to start your job search. A company you love might even have an internship program to get your foot in the door. And the internet will be your main source for finding these opportunities.
For more information, call Pioneer Pacific at 866-772-4636.