Job search has evolved over the years, especially with the emergence of social networks and innovative job search sites such as Glassdoor and Hired.
In this article, we will explore all the resources you can leverage on during each the job searching and interview process.
Once you have mastered these resources, it will definitely put you ahead of the other job applicants when it comes to finding and landing your dream job.
Job Search Channels
Are you only seeking out new job opportunities via traditional job aggregators such as JobStreet and Indeed, or directly on a company’s career page?
If so, you are missing out on a lot of job opportunities that might not be listed on either channel. An article by Payscale estimate that as much as 80% of new jobs are never listed but are instead filled internally or via networking.
However, you can actually discover this hidden world of job opportunities through one simple action — building up your LinkedIn profile.
You can start by connecting with all your past business contacts, friends and acquaintances.
With this simple action, LinkedIn will let you know if you have any connections currently working in the company you are applying to, and you can approach these connections for a referral!
Another channel that you can tap on is actually recruiters or headhunters, and one way to get discovered by them is to complete your user profile on websites like LinkedIn, Jobstreet or Indeed.
Often, these job search websites provide a tool to recruiters to filter and find the talent they need for their customers. And if you dutifully fill up your profile with all your skills and experiences, you will often find the right opportunities knocking on your door.
Job Search: Interview Preparation
After a few weeks of networking and profile filling, you finally got an interview offer from your dream company.
Now is the time for you to shine and you will be wise to be fully prepared for it. Here are a few resources you can leverage on:
- Company website
You MUST read through the company website. Find out how the company position themselves, what their culture is like and what products they are selling. You don’t want to be caught dumbfounded when asked: “What do you know about us?”
- Google News
Find out what are some of the latest media release or news about the company. They are great icebreakers and can quickly help you build a rapport with your interviewers.
Try to find out who are the main competitors and how they compare. Websites such as G2Crowd, Owler, Quora can provide you with the answers you need.
Once you have familiarised yourself with the company and landscape they are operating in, it’s time to prepare for all the possible interview questions.
Here are some great articles that tackle this:
Understand what are some of the most common ones and rehearse your answers multiple times. This way, there is a lower chance you will be caught off guard during your interview.
Best of luck in your job search!