Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Job Search Strategies

When beginning a job search, often the first instinct is to run to online employment postings such as Monster or Jobing. This is not a bad idea, but it represents only a small portion of the open positions at any one time.

Some companies never post their open positions on these sites, but, instead, only post positions on their own website. It is not uncommon to waste hours combing through the endless pages of online job postings, never finding the right position.

Taking the time to go directly to various companies’ websites to check out their careers’ page may cut the process of searching for that right position in half.

There are several job opportunities with Rio Salado College, including Federal Work Study positions. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/lrexks4 for more details

Another major source of open positions comes from networking. Networking does not have to be a formal event where professionals are gathered for the sole purpose of connecting with other professionals. This is an important aspect of networking, but just making sure that peers and family members are aware of the type of position needed can go an incredibly long way.

It is difficult to know who may know about a position coming open so getting the word out to everyone is best. An uncle who works at a large company may not be aware of any upcoming openings, while a friend of a friend of a friend may be connected to that same company and does know that the perfect position will be opening up in a few weeks.

Also, because it is impossible to know who is connected to whom, it is best to consider every interaction and opportunity for networking. When one puts her best foot forward at all times, a positive reputation is developed. That positive reputation can go a long way when one is in need of employment!

The Rio Salado Counseling department can help with other job search tips; visit us at www.riosalado.edu/counseling. Finally, be sure to check out the Maricopa Career Network by heading to http://maricopa.jobing.com. 

Contributed by Rio Salado Northern Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown on behalf of Rio's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.