Some people snap their fingers and a job is given to them because they have some connection or just sheer luck. However, for the majority, finding a job is a process- from writing a CV and cover letter, sending applications, and going for countless interviews then waiting and hoping one organization calls you back. To increases your chance, here are 4 things you should consider doing online as you scout for a job.
Subscribe to Job Sites- Not everyone is lucky enough to get a job with their first application. Although it is prudent to check online for jobs regularly, job hunting is a job in itself, and going through job sites every now and then to check for an opening can be plain demotivating. Instead, you can subscribe to at least 3 job sites and get updates straight to your email address when new vacancies are on. Some sites, however, may not announce all vacancy’s so it is upon you to check other sites online and platforms.
Create a LinkedIn Profile– Although it’s best to have created this while on Campus, it is not debatable when you are out of Campus. I once applied for a job online and asked me to paste a link to my LinkedIn profile. If I didn’t have one, I would have had to go through the trouble of creating one from scratch and create my circle overnight. Also, it gets you a glimpse of how professionals think. Also, most employers prefer and choose to connect with each other on LinkedIn as opposed to other social media sites.
Get a Readable Email Address– Although your lecturer sent you notes with your firstname.lastname@example.org email address, no employer would want to open a message from such an account (they may think it’s spam) and this may make you miss an opportunity to get your CV read, however, polished it may be. In case you wonder why you are not being called for interviews, maybe the email address that you opened back in high school to message your exes are sabotaging your chances of landing a job.
Leave your foot prints– I am sure by now you are not just uploading selfies on Facebook or videos of you blowing up smoke on snapchat. You should now be following organizations on your online platforms. Don’t just follow for following sakes, but comment on professional posts, and put in a good point. If you love writing or seeking a writing job, start your own blog or contribute to sites that publish online for free. Join online professional groups and sites where you can find vacancies…and who knows someone may just spot you.