For many job seekers, finding and landing a job is one of the biggest challenges out there. However, there are a plethora of resources that can not only improve your job search, but also be the key ingredient needed to actually land you a career. Here are a few of our favorites:
EmploymentPipeline.com. Ever wish you could connect directly with employers instead of going through a middleman? With EmploymentPipeline.com, job seekers become their own recruiters through access to the Occupation Pipeline widget, a unique tool which enables job hunters to perform broader career searches by sourcing occupations, rather than job titles. Essentially, this allows job seekers to find better options, while at the same time interacting with hiring employers directly.
For example, say you are looking for a job in marketing. With EmploymentPipeline.com job seekers are able to search by occupational categories, as well as by company, skill set, and location. Further, job seekers are able to connect directly with employers that are hiring right now, allowing you to get in their pipeline more efficiently.
My Next Move. My Next Move is a resource that assists job seekers in figuring out what they want to do for a living. Job seekers can search careers by keywords, occupation, industry, or even answer questions about the type of work they may enjoy, resulting in a more catered search.
Why are resources like My Next Move important? Shouldn’t things like a college degree or years in the workforce equate to an understanding of your own job search? Yes and no. For many job seekers, the tools to effectively figure out what you want to do, and how to search for it, haven’t been taught. So, My Next Move teaches job seekers not only how to look for a job, but also helps point them in the right direction once it’s determined.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics isn’t just a resource for those who want to know specific figures and data. It’s a job search resource that can assist any person looking for a career to learn more about they industry, salary options, longevity, etc.
For example, if you wanted to learn more about a career in advertising, the Bureau of Labor Statistics can assist you in figuring out the nature of advertising industry, working conditions, employment, occupations within the industry, outlook, training, wages, etc.
By acquiring the proper knowledge, job seekers can learn more about their chosen profession, which could be a huge asset when trying to figure out how to conduct a job search. After all, each industry conducts itself differently. The more you know, the better shape you’ll be in.
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