Ok, you've figured out what kind of work you're looking for. You’ve crafted a wonderful resume and you’re ready to start job hunting. Awesome! What does that look like exactly?
Well, depending on when you decided to stay at home and the last time you looked for work, you might have been looking at a print ad. Yeah that’s right – a newspaper/trades magazine! I remember creating a folder for each different magazine and newspaper so I could keep the deadlines, costs and print dates straight. While somethings have changed, not everything has when it comes to finding out who’s hiring.
Online job sites are the most popular way to find out who hiring and what jobs are available. I often get asked, what are the best sites to find a job? Here are some of the more popular sites where employers are posting:
The list goes on really. The good news is that most of these sites allow you to set up an alert for future postings. So get specific with your industry of interest, location and type of work; no point filling up your inbox unnecessarily. When you receive a notification, make sure you read the full posting. Just because it matches your search criteria, you still should make sure it matches your interest criteria.
Another great way to find work is through networking. Networking can uncover those opportunities that are not posted, and unlike the above method, it can really minimize your competition. Meetup.com is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals. But keep it simple to start. Think about who you know. Make a list of friends, family, and other moms. You’d be surprised how long that list will become! Once you spread the word that you’re looking to go back to work, your reach and chances to learn about opportunities increases substantially!
Alternatively, you could get someone else to do the search for you. Partnering with a Recruitment agency can be like one stop shopping. Some popular agencies are:
Not all agencies are created equally, so best to partner with one that specializes in your area of interest. The process is simple: you meet with one of their representatives, give them your resume and tell them what you’re looking for. They in turn, comb through their database of open opportunities and look for matches. Of course, the trade-off is that the work may be short term and it’s difficult to control where you end up working.
Whether you use one method, or a combination, it's important to use the method that works best for you!