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8 Places to Start Your Job Search

Happy New Year! With 2015 in full swing many people are thinking about life changes and new opportunities. I’m always surprised at how many new placements happen in the first weeks of the year and the constant flow of new new candidates inquiring about opportunities.

Not sure where to start?

1. Start with Your Network

When I say “network,” I mean everyone you know. People you’ve worked with (or interned for). Former professors. Friends. Parents of friends. Family. Neighbors. There’s the chance that someone you know may have a connection at a company you’re interested in working for, so explore every possibility.

2. Explore Niche Job Boards

One of the reasons we founded Hoojobs was to help professionals looking for PR, marketing, and communications jobs to easily find them. You’ll compete against a smaller pool of candidates if you go through the industry- or job-specific boards, and you’ll find more of the types of jobs you want.

3. Leverage LinkedIn

LinkedIn has a few tools you can use to look for your next role. Obviously the job postings are one area. You should also keep an eye on some of the industry groups on LinkedIn for users who post open positions.

4. Get to Know Networking Groups

If this hasn’t been drilled into your head yet, networking is one of the best ways to land a job. There are likely professional or industry-based groups that meet in your city. Check Meetup.com to find them, and attend a few meetings.

5. Shine on Social Media

Not only is social media a great place to get to know people at the companies you’re interested in, but recruiters often look there for qualified candidates. So link to the right people, and stay professionally active in your field by providing valuable content and insight on your industry.

6. Speaking of Recruiters…

They can be your fast lane to that job you want. They’re tapped in to the companies that are hiring positions like the ones you’re seeking, and can serve as matchmakers, helping you find the best company fit.

7. Go Back to College…

And talk to your alumni career services department, that is! They may have programs to help graduates, as well as relationships with local businesses looking to hire.

8. Visit Company Websites

Some companies don’t list their jobs on job boards, so your best way of finding out if that stellar company in town is hiring is to visit their site and look for a “Careers” or “Jobs” section.

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