Before getting totally immersed in your job search it is important to understand the resources and tools you are using. Here are 4 ways to getting the most out of your job search resources:

1. Google

As discussed before Google is perhaps one of your most important resources when you are finding job. Indeed, for example, is a great job search scrapper, however, Google is still paramount because it is the best search engine bar none. Although you may know the basics of using Google–sit down and play around with it as a search engine for jobs. Also, try typing in JOBS in Google–you will find Google Jobs–an awesome resource that can definitely help you when searching for jobs online especially in your local area.

2. Employment Consultant

You may have already visited the local career resource centre but be sure to book an appointment with an employment consultant. You may be lucky and get to see them early into your job search. However, whenever you do meet with them make the most of it. Be sure to show your resume to them and review it together. Ask them to make a quick critique of it. Secondly, be 100% sure what job you are after–if they have this vital info they are more than likely to be more helpful. And thirdly, be prepared and ask questions that can help you now: can you recommend some effective, yet under-utilized job search tools? Or do you know any hiring managers that I can meet? Sometimes being forthright can lead to an early chance of scoring a job interview.

3. Local Resources

Compile any local job search resources which includes newspapers, job fair or career events, and contact info of businesses who are hiring. Don’t leave any stone unturned. No two markets are exactly the same so ask around and find out what local resources you have around you that can aid in your job search.

4. Your Network

One of the most important resources you have is your network. This can include former co-workers, managers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, friends and family. Compile several lists of people that can help you out immediately and start either emailing or calling them. Find out who is hiring from your network or if they know anyone in their immediate network that is hiring. Be sure to offer something in return to those people who give you their time to meet, offer advice or provide a job opportunity! Have thank-you notes prepared and ready to send out.

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