Ask your network for referrals.
If you are looking for a job, you should tell all your contacts to help them help you find mutual career contacts. Networking is an effective way of finding a new job, and employers prefer receiving a referral from a trusted member of their staff. Many jobs are filled internally from referrals before they are even advertised, so it’s important to talk to the right people to get as many referrals from within your network as you can.
Start by making a list of everyone that you know and determine which individuals might know about available positions in your industry. Then, you reach out to those people, perhaps offering to get coffee or lunch to discuss your interests and goals further.
Aim to build closer relationships with the people in your network so they think of you first when they hear of job openings. Some jobs can be filled rapidly, so you want to make sure that you strategically network with influential people whenever possible.
Whenever you can, you should attend specific networking events in your industry. Events such as conferences, expositions and continuing education forums are ideal places to meet others who can help in your job search. Make sure to prepare appropriately for these events by having professional business cards and copies of your resume made, to have at the ready when meeting job representatives.
If you attended college, contact the career or alumni network and see what events they have for their graduates. Even if these networking events are not specific to your industry, you might meet someone who could refer you to an individual in your field.
Contact companies directly.
Job searches are much more straightforward now that most companies have websites that you can target directly. You will be able to apply directly for available positions listed through their website.
If a company you are interested in doesn’t have any relevant jobs posted on their website, reach out to them via email or phone to see if they are looking to employ someone with your qualifications and experience. If a company is not actively recruiting for your role, you may not hear back from them, but they may keep you on file in case a position becomes available in the future.
The recruitment process costs a considerable amount of money, so if an employer hears from a suitable candidate directly before posting a job, they might favor employing you rather than spending time and money searching for other candidates. Also, if a company is experiencing rapid growth, they may be particularly open to hearing from qualified people, even if they have not advertised a position. This applies to start-up companies that have not yet fully considered their staffing needs.
Make a list of companies that you are interested in working for and how you can contact them. Note their current job vacancies on your list as well. Think carefully when figuring out what you want to say to each company, and consider writing a formal cover letter to convey that you are familiar with them and to explain why you would be an ideal employee.
Various positions available
With 30% of all Google searches being employment related, it really is no surprise that the company has expanded to helping users job search. It is really simple to use Google Jobs, simply type in the job you’re interested in (e.g. “marketing jobs Singapore”) for a list of different marketing positions pulled from various websites. There are options to narrow down job listings based on your desired location, date posted, job title, and employer to name a few.
To streamline your job hunt process, each Google Job listing will feature the job’s salary information (if available), Glassdoor rating and job information. Other cool features include the ability to save and bookmark the job listings you’re interested in.
Don’t Forget to Follow Up
You don’t have to accept a job just because it was offered to you, but do carefully evaluate it and if you decline, do so politely. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a “yes” or “no” decision. You may be able to negotiate the terms by making a counter offer. Or, you may be able to negotiate some extra perks that would make the job more enticing.