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Where to Find the Best Employment Opportunities

Looking for your first job, or perhaps looking to make a big career move, but don't know where to turn for employment opportunities? The good news is that the job market is steadily growing since the recession, so opportunities are out there; you just have to know how to find them. The following are some of the best ways to find employment opportunities:

Job Board Postings- Job boards have been around many years and used to be the go-to resource for job hunters but are on a downward trend today. While it is possible to land a job via a job board posting, it's worth noting that only 5-10% of people actually get jobs through a job board. One may be more productive using industry-specific job boards for the job search.

Connecting with Recruiters for a Specific Profession/Industry- While connecting with a recruiter isn't automatically guaranteeing you a job, they are able to provide assistance with your search and possible connect you with your dream job. Finding a good recruiter is important and can be accomplished through scanning recruiter directories, searching for recruiter profiles online or even your own network of professionals.

Networking- Most jobs aren't advertised publicly and more than 80% of jobs are filled through referral. This is why networking is the most important when searching for employment opportunities. Make sure to reconnect with past employers who may have connections in the industry you desire to be employed. One of the most powerful tools is your alumni network. It doesn't matter how far removed you are from school, alumni connections are a great place to start. Set up a LinkedIn account to access daily and find people in the industry you want to work. One tip is to make at least 100 new contacts a month through phone calls, emails and visiting companies door to door. The more networking you do, the more likely you are to land a job.

Join Professional Associations- Search for groups that meet regularly in your area so you can get insight on the industry and make connections. Members of the association can also assist you with finding a job or at least offering job listings. Mentoring and professional development are also advantages to being part of a professional association.

Now that you are aware of some of the best ways to find employment opportunities, you can get started on your search. Get yourself out there, make connections, and land your dream job!

POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)

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