What Tool Do Job Seekers Find To Be The Most Useful In Their Job Search?
B. Online tools
D. Career fairs
B. Online tools
While advertising, career fairs and networking events all aid in the search for employment, recent research from Pew Research Center shows that online tools prove to be the most useful. According to their study conducted in July 2015, nearly 80% of the respondents who had looked for a new job within the last two years said that they used the internet in their job hunt and over one-third said that the internet was the most important resource. With easy access to Internet connection through the use of mobile devices, this is no surprise but finding the right online tools can be a little more difficult.
My.jobs is one such tool, helping you seek employment online through simplified search that connects you directly with global employers and their currently available positions. With a network of over 15,000 career sites and over 2 millions jobs from 10,000+ employers, My.jobs aims to ease your job search frustrations and show you only the types of careers that you are interested in.
How does this differ from the typical job aggregator? The My.jobs network is especially helpful for those looking for careers in a specific geographic location, industry or company. For example, want to work in engineering? Engineering.jobs shows all of the open positions specific to the field of engineering. Dream of working for a company such as Phillips 66? Phillips66.jobs lists only their job openings. Looking for work in an area like Chicago? Chicago.jobs displays all of the open jobs in city and surrounding area. The possibilities are endless!
Speaking of online resources, check out this extensive list of hiring employers – many of which repeatedly occur on the Fortune 500 list – and click on each to be sent to their dedicated career site. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for posts containing valuable job search advice, and be sure to follow our Help Wanted blog for tips on interviews, networking and much more.
Pew Research Center. Searching for Work in the Digital Era; Web. 19 Nov 2015. < http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/11/19/searching-for-work-in-the-digital-era/>
If you aren’t familiar with it by now, My.jobs is a new resource from DirectEmployers Association that assists job seekers in finding open positions from verified employers around the world. We recently shared a post on how to set up a saved search on My.jobs in order to have job openings of interest sent directly to your email inbox, but this post will focus on the importance of fully completing your profile upon registration. Remember, the more information you share about yourself, the more employers can learn as they consider you for employment.
So, what information is included in the establishment of a My.jobs profile? Information that you should absolutely plan to share includes: name, email address, employment history, education and other preferred methods of contacting you. You also have the opportunity to include additional information that may apply to you, such as:
- Secondary Email Address
- Military Service
- Volunteer History
Enhancing your profile to include this information may be especially useful to employers who are looking for candidates with a web portfolio, certifications, or a military background. Just think of your profile as a virtual resume!
Once you interact with a company’s jobs, the employer can view your profile. As you search and click on opportunities of interest, it’s like tapping that employer on the shoulder and letting them know you’re interested. You can also view a company-specific page on the network, such as REI.jobs to make your profile accessible by that organization.
Think your profile is complete? On the right side of your profile you will find a helpful tool bar that tracks the completion of your profile (by percentage), based on the information that you have provided. Be as thorough as you can to improve your visibility and attractiveness to employers, but remember to be truthful. Embellishing on your education, employment history and achievements is never a good idea; the truth will come out eventually!
What are you waiting for? Create a profile today and start your career search on My.jobs – the right place for you!
There are millions of jobs posted online every day through corporate career sites, online job boards, job aggregators and social media. For job seekers, the high volume of jobs accessible online is great, but may quickly become overwhelming to sift through on a daily basis.
This is where Saved Search comes in as a great time and energy saver. Saved Search is essentially a job search agent. This feature has become somewhat standard on corporate career sites and job search websites, such as My.jobs. It enables you to search for a job, save the results, then to opt-in to receive email notifications when new opportunities are posted within your designated criteria. The end result means you no longer have to go out to the website to conduct a new search every day – the new jobs automatically come to you.
To try Saved Search, visit https://secure.my.jobs/. Under the “Sign Up” section, provide your email and create a password. After you click the “Create Account” button, you’ll need to check your email for a verification link. Once you have clicked that, you can access your profile and fill in your information.
Once you’re satisfied with your profile, you can go to any website within the .JOBS Network to set up a new Saved Search. For this example, we’ll assume you’re a job seeker looking for work in Texas. You would visit Texas.jobs and enter the appropriate information in the “What” and/or “Where” fields. In the figure below, we used Dallas for the “Where” and nursing for the “What.”
On the search results page, you’ll see section in the right hand column where you can care a new Saved Search:
Simply click the “Save This Search” box and you’ll see a note once it has been processed:
You can go in at anytime to view, edit or delete your Saved Search from your My.jobs account under the Saved Search tab.
Ready to get started? Visit My.jobs now!
In the spirit of Valentines’s Day, we wanted to share the following guest post from Joshua Waldman. Watch Joshua’s exclusive video “3 Secrets to Getting Job Interviews by Next Week” to learn the 3 secrets no one wants you to know about getting hired in today’s job market. Joshua is the founder of Career Enlightenment which offers professional LinkedIn profile writing and job search services to colleges, WorkForce offices and re-entering veterans.
Someone once told me that a corporation was a nasty thing to fall in love with….because it will NEVER love you back. The rules of loyalty in the work force are changing. No one can deny that.
However, knowing this doesn’t change the pain of getting laid off or let go. It hurts. It can wound.
Each of us reacts in one of two ways, either by getting pissed off and hating the company we used to love, or by blaming ourselves in what can be called a state of numbness.
These wounds deserve every bit of healing that we have. However, because our financial situation may depend on sweeping the pain aside and getting another job as quickly as possible, we might need a strategy of getting past this stage.
The Cure or the Healing
For those of you who can’t afford to wait a month to regroup, lick the wounds and find your emotional footing again, I offer these simple speed coping tips.
- Stop the story: stop replying the day you got the pink slip. Stop repeating the story that is pissing you off. Instead replace it with what you need to do right now?
- Stop and Breath: Calm down. You can never get anywhere if your mind is still in a fighting mode or if you are numb. Wake up in the morning and count 10 breaths. Allow your mind to come back down.
- Allow the parts: allow the part of you that is angry to be angry… on the weekend when you can afford it. Allow that part of you that is sad or afraid to feel that way…after 5 when you’ve completed your job search tasks for the day.
- Let it out: find new ways to channel the emotion. If you punch, then punch a punching bag. If you shout, then shout in the car on the highway. If you cry, then give yourself space to do that. And when you are done, then leave the emotion there.
Thanks again Joshua for sharing your expertise! When you’re ready to regroup and move forward with your job search, visit My.jobs.