The truth is that no matter how great your cover, broadcast or follow-up letters are, they can’t get you a job posting if they remain sitting on your desk. You have to get them out in front of the eyes of individuals with hiring power.
Even a company that is not officially hiring can usually expect to undergo a 14 percent turnover of employees throughout the course of a year. This means, that all companies have openings sometimes, and any of these openings could be a perfect fit for you.
The issue is, you will not have an opportunity to choose the best job option without checking out all available opportunities. This is why the most intelligent job seekers use multiple channels for their job searching, including:
- Internet job posting
- Personal and professional networking
- Newspaper advertisements
- Business and trade publications
- Direct-researched opportunities
Your individual game plan will use a selection of the approaches most suitable to your individual needs.
Online Job Postings
This is where the Internet can play a very useful function in your job search. There are thousands of websites that contain job listings or recruitment advertisements, and all of these type of sites have résumé depositories.
Here is how to use job sites to get the best results:
Visit job sites and search for job openings that are suitable for your experience and skill set. The majority of these sites have an “e-mail alert” feature. This alert enables you to select the type of work that you are looking for, and then receive an e-mail from the site when a new, suitable job posting is listed by one of its clients. Make sure to use a personal e-mail address for your job searches, as you really won’t want to receive job listing e-mails indiscriminately at work. Work e-mail is not always completely private, and there could be significant repercussions if your e-mail is seen by a co-worker.
On-site résumé depositories will work for you, also. From the point of view of a headhunter or an employer, these résumé depositories are kind of like big fish tanks. This fish analogy works for you, too: having your résumé in résumé depositories is like having a baited hook in the water while you carry on with your day: it requires no further effort and sometimes it will pay off. It is common for many of these résumé depositories to dump your résumé after ninety days, so when you place your résumé in these depositories, you need to keep track of the length of time that it will remain visible, so you will be able to refresh it when needed.
When you are writing a cover letter in response to an online job posting, you should mention both the Web site and the date you found the post:
“I saw your job posting on the company’s website on March 8th and felt compelled to respond…”