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Looking for a Job: Learn effective job search strategies

Learn effective job search strategies

There's more to a job search than simply applying for online postings, though the majority of job seekers confine their job search to exactly that. It may sound crazy but job postings are not the number one method employers use to recruit. A good job search strategy includes a number of job search techniques and approaches, including utilizing your network — the number one source of productive job leads.


Use a variety of job search strategies

To learn how to uncover opportunities in what's known as "the hidden job market" educate yourself on a variety of job search strategies to use in addition to searching online postings (you should still apply for positions posted online but that shouldn't be your only strategy). Visit the Making Connections section to learn more about networking.


Resources to help make your job search more effective

Job Search Strategies that Work workshop: learn about the various techniques for discovering and creating career opportunities.

Job Search Advising: Discuss job search strategies with a Job Search Advisor during this 20-minute session.

100 Job Search Tips from FORTUNE 500 Recruiters: In this valuable pdf document, experienced recruiters share their top 10 job search strategies, the top 3 common mistakes job seekers make, their top recruiting sources, and their favourite recruiting stories.

Helicopter Parents and Spouses Should Buzz Off: Sean Graham blogs about the impact of overly involved parents and partners in a candidate’s job search.

How to Negotiate Salary During a Job Offer: This informative video from Pat Goodwin of Pat Goodwin Associates provides tips on diplomatically negotiating a higher salary when you’re offered a job.

How to Decline a Job Offer: a list of 7 things to do in order to decline a job offer politely while keeping doors open for the future.

Declining a Job Offer Based on Salary: What should you do if the salary you’re offered isn’t sufficient? In this video, Pat Goodwin discusses ways of graciously asking if there is any salary flexibility and how to respond if there isn’t.

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