7 More Tools on Indeed.com to Help You Find a Job

One of the best online resources to finding a job is Indeed.com. Not only does it have countless job posts, it also has many resources to help in your job search. Here are 7 additional tools on Indeed.com to help you in your job hunt.

1.Job search Tips page

Getting familiar with this indeed page is a must before truly understand how powerful it is for your job search. You can further refine your job search by using the indeed advance search option.

2.Resume search

This tool is great because you can search for many other resumes candidates have posted on indeed. It can give you an idea of your competition out there and give you some great ideas to writing a better resume.

3.Posting your resume

One of the first things you should do is post your resume on Indeed. This is a great way to be found if a potential employer is looking for a candidate with skills like you. Be sure to have a key word rich resume so that employers can find you easier.

4.Additional help

If you need help with any aspect of the website Indeed has included a link called Submit a request. It is found at the end of the Job Tip Section. This can be a useful tool if you have a question relating some aspect of the site. They ask you 2 questions: what best describes you and what do you need help with. Indeed also includes the address of their head office.

5.Company job pages

This is a nifty section on Indeed where you can type in a company name and find out more about their posts, company info and even reviews. You can follow company pages and Indeed will even send you an email if any new postings come up.

6.Indeed Hiring Lab report

This is mostly targeted for employers, but it is a great resource for job seekers none-the-less. It is a 16-page report entitled ‘three generations of talent: who’s searching for jobs today.’ it’s free and and downloadable. It highlights the labour market and how several generations have contributed to it.

7.Indeed Blog

Indeed updates it’s blog a few times a week with good posts relating to the job market, world job trends, and general employee articles. You can subscribe to the blog as well.

 

5 Indeed.com Tools You Can Use to Find a Job Now

Indeed.com is one of the most popular job search engines on the Globe. To attest it’s popularity it is available in 50 countries and in 28 languages. It has over 180 million unique visitors every month and boosts 10s of thousands of new job postings every day.

What indeed does best is it aggregates job listings from many sources on the internet. This includes job boards, company websites, staffing firms among other sources. It current services included resume upload, job search, job trend information. Basically providing job postings from every industry under one roof. However, like myself I only used Indeed for a few functions primarily the job search option and uploading my resume.

But indeed is so much more than that. If used to its maximum potential indeed can be an awesome tool in helping you find a job. Here are 5 tools on Indeed.com you need to use to help you find a job.

1. Job search. This is why you ultimately visited the Indeed web page. You are looking for a job! Be sure to use the advance job search option to further refine your job search.

2. Job trends. Great indeed resource to find out what industries are hiring.

3. Work for Indeed. Didn’t expert things one? Since you have a wealth of experience searching for a job Why don’t you investigate if Indeed is hiring? You real world experience as a job seeker has given you the tools and made you quite resourceful. And are liking your job search journey? If you said yes, why not apply for one of the biggest and largest job search engines in the world!

4. Alerts. Another must when you are on the job hunt. Type in key words for the job you are looking for as well specific data like area. Indeed will send you an email everyday of job postings that meet your requested criteria.

5. Press Room page. You can learn more about Indeed and updates on the job market.

5 More Ways of Building your Resume when You have little or no Experience

Don’t have too much work experience? Don’t worry! Here are 5 additional ways of beefing up your resume.

1.Ask to help small businesses for free

Pick up the phone and ask what areas they need help in. Explain you situation and I think one company will give you a shot. For example, if you have good knowledge in social media offer a small business to help them with their Facebook account.

2.Be a mentor

Graduating without a job is tough and frustrating. Think about students you can help and how you can guide them. They may appreciate your experience going through an institutional and just trying to find a job.

3.Learn social media, SEO and/or PPC

Even if your doing some completely different in a company or your specialization lies somewhere else this doesn’t give you the excuse not learn social media, SEO (search engine optimization, and PPC (pay per click.) There are a host of free learning tools online to help you learn social media (Facebook Blueprint), and PPC (bing Ads) and Hubspot Academy (Inbound marketing.) The great thing about the aforementioned learning tools is that they come with a nifty certificate when you have passed the final exams!

4.Build an online business

This seems tough, but anyone can do it. As you are looking for a job it’s a great idea to build an online business. Think about what education you have or what interests you. Then easily create a site with a personalized email, logo, and even some business cards. All in all, it will cost less than $200 to get started. The final aspect is registering your business. Find out the right place to contact about the process in your area. Seek out an expert who has set up a small business before and quickly fill out the paperwork! And be sure to find out more tips on creating an online business via the internet.

5.Creating a photo portfolio

Go out and a buy a camera, take some courses and practice. Although not all of us can be great photographers, having this skill in your back pocket is great. It can double as a hobby and even a paying gig not to mention about this skill you can add to your resume.

More ways to build your resume… Just use your imagination!

Additionally, there are so many ways you can use your new skills at: events, sharing on social media including Instagram and Pinterest, teaching others how to photograph, and even setting up photo shows!

7 Ways to Finding a Job that You Will Love

Finding a job is sometimes hard work. It can be time consuming and challenging, however, the rewards can be great aside finding a job!

Here are 7 ways to find a job that you will love.

1.Build a powerful network

Building a strong and helpful network is key to finding a job you will love. You need to first target the industry you want to work in then simply find connections using sites like LinkedIn. Don’t send out generic requests to connect. Be personal and reach out to them. Be sure not to ask for anything, simply send a few key connections information about their industry they might find informative. After a while ask them if they have a few moments to connect and if you can ask them questions about their industry and what they do.

Building a strong and helpful network is key to finding a job you will love. You need to first target the industry you want to work in then simply find connections using sites like LinkedIn. Don’t send out generic requests to connect. Be personal and reach out to them. Be sure not to ask for anything, simply send a few key connections information about their industry they might find informative. After a while ask them if they have a few moments to connect and if you can ask them questions about their industry and what they do.

2.Attend industry-related conferences

Sometimes just going to a conference (if possible) can open the door to many possibilities to building your career. When attending keep an open mind and listen. Talk to people and mingle. Write down as much information as possible about companies, other events, key players, niche opportunities with the industry that might be interesting, and take as much free literature as you can. Be sure to chat with a few people that you believe can give you some information and don’t be afraid to be honest about your goal at the conference.

3.Talk to friends and family

You will be truly surprised to find out some people that your family and friends may know! And by simply picking their brain they might not know that they know someone that can help you find a job that you will love! Be sure to keep a database (excel spreadsheet) and write down when you spoke to your friend or family member and the possible contact that they have.

4.Cold calling companies

This may be a little old fashioned, but if you are truly gun-ho and dead-set on finding a job that you will love you will have no problem to pick up the phone and talk to someone that can help you! Simply find a few companies in the industry you want to work in. Then do a lot of research on those companies. Be sure to read up on up-to-date news that you can find on press releases and online materials usually found on their websites.

Don’t underestimate the power of a search engine like Google for you job search. By typing different search strings you can find a wealth of information about companies and key people who work there. And when you are all set prepare you information and make the call. Sometimes you won’t be able to get them on the phone immediately. Be patient. It sometimes takes time. When you do, don’t ask for anything. Tell them the nature of your call and when they have sometime to answer a few questions you have. If they accept, that is a small victory for you. If they don’t, don’t worry you made a significant step and made a call.

5.Research job boards.

Scanning job boards is vital to finding what your industry of your choosing is hiring. Make note of certain skills you might lack or experience that you may have to get in order to fill specific roles. Use a word document and write down key words, skill sets, experience, certificates and maybe even volunteer experience that may help you land a job that you will love.

6.Find a recruiter

Sometimes calling up a recruiter is a good way to finding out more about a certain industry. A recruiter or head-hunter sometimes focuses on a specific industry. They may have contacts and knowledge of that industry that may be helpful to find a job that you will love. Just remember you might not end up getting a job through a recruiter. It just might not work out. Regardless, if you have gotten any information via a recruiter it’s sometimes worth its weight in gold.

7.Contact an educator

There are teachers and professors at colleges or universities that can be a boon to find a job that you love. For example, colleges have many teachers who come from or are currently employed in the industry that you are trying to get more information about. Reach out to a few teachers at several institutions. Be upfront about the nature of your email or call.

 

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5 Must-Use Online Job Search Resources

In the last decade we have seen the explosive growth of social media, the internet and the use of smart phones. Job seekers have also accustomed themselves with using the internet more and more in order to find and apply for jobs. 5 of the most popular online tools include Google and Indeed.com. They are the job seekers primary tools when starting a job search. Here are 5 must use online search tools:

1.Google

This is the number one online tool for any and all job seekers. It helps you find contacts, events, job fairs, industries, career niches, and other job related-information you never knew existed. However, it can be overwhelming. Type in simple phrases which include your location and job openings and go from there. This is your number one job searching tool you have at your disposal!

2.Indeed and Eluta

These are called job scrapers. They are websites that scrape all the jobs from the Internet and put it up on their site. These are great websites to look for job opportunities. These are called job scrapers. They are websites that scrape all the jobs from the Internet and put it up on their site. These are great websites to look for job opportunities. Also be sure to explore Indeed.com–they have some great job-search resources!

3.Kijiji.ca & Craigalist.ca

This is an free-ad based website where people can buy and sell items, post services they are offering etc. Kijiji.ca is also known for having a good job board. Many companies take advantage of the free job posting service to advertizing any positions they are hiring for. Be sure to check out this Canadian-based site.

4.The established job sites.

Which means Workopolis, Careerbuilder and Monster. These companies have been around for a while and although they are pretty good to check out and post up your resume there. They also have a lot of career and job-searching tips you can utilize. You can also run searches on companies and positions focusing on keywords, job information and what companies are looking for in candidates.

5.LinkedIn.

Be sure to polish and up-date your LinkedIn account and connect with professionals that you want to get to know. You can upgrade to a professional account to connect to more profiles outside your network.

 

Are Job Fairs Worth Attending?

Let’s face it: job fairs can be a tremendous pain-in-the-neck. They are usually packed with people just like you looking for a job. And sometimes the quality of the companies or jobs aren’t very good either. More often than not you leave without accomplishing much and dejected. However, there is some good news. Your approach probably isn’t very good.

Why?

Because you are attending a job fair with the intention of getting a job. Now, when you attend a job fair you should go there with the mind-set that you already have a job. You should go confidently. You should also learn as much as you can about each and every company that is there and try learn about their culture too.

Learn about key people in the company. Learn about the positions they are hiring for. Learn about them via social media and any other resource you can fin related to the companies. Now compare your experience to what they may be looking for. Craft a resume that highlights your skills and experiences that can benefit those companies.

Plan out your day

When you attend the job fair get a booth map. It is a paper showing you all the booths of the companies at the fair. Plan out your day. Target the companies that you want to talk to first.

Ask for business cards

When you speak to them immediately ask for a busy card. Politely ask if they have a few minutes to talk. If they do, ask them questions about what they are looking for in a candidate. Ask questions about their training and if how they invest in their employees. Also ask about any unadvised positions they are hiring for.

Information interviews

Remember when you are at a job fair you should not let a company interview you first. Job fairs are an awesome and a rare opportunity where you can actually ask many questions without feeling like you are bothering anyone. Think of job fairs as fantastic opportunities in doing information interviews!

As noted before, job fairs can be draining and drawn-out. Don’t let that happen. Target only a few companies that you want to talk to and learn about. Get as many contacts as possible and then move on. Make a goal of not staying longer than 2 hours at a job fair. Come early and leave before lunch.

Keep Your Resume

Reserve giving your resume to only companies that you feel are a good fit. But it is recommended not to leave your resume or any contact information. They are usually flooded with other job seeker’s resumes that yours will simply get lost in the shuffle.

Quickly organise and synthesize new Information

When you get home organise your contacts. Be sure to send a thank-you note to everyone that spoke to and helped you during the job fair. Also, looking through any magazines or additional information that you picked up at the job fair and place them in a portfolio you can use for reference. Throw out the rest. Being a job seeker leads to a lot of paperwork like magazines and freebies that are just filler. Immediately throw out anything that will not help you.

Job fairs are about learning

In conclusion job fairs are rarely a place find immediate jobs. They are however excellent settings to set up quick information interviews and gather contacts that you can add to your growing database of people that can aid you in getting a job.
Be sure to never look for a job at a job fair. Instead look for opportunities there that will help you build a increasingly strong foundation to finding a job!

 

5 Ways of Building Your Resume With Little or No Job Experience

 

Typically this situation happens to students who are fresh out of high school or college/university. Although having a good education is important companies crave that their candidates have some good work experience.

Realistically, the kind of experience that companies are looking for is either rare or non-existent especially from a graduating student. So what can you do to beef up your experience-thin resume? Here are 5 ways you can:

Volunteer

This is one of the best things to do when your resume needs to get a boast. Although volunteering tends to be more of a personal matter, finding an opportunity is still a great way to build upon existing skills and learn more about non-for-profits and charities. Also in some instances it is harder to find a volunteer position then a job!

Internship

Getting an internship in the field of your choosing is an excellent resume builder. It’s also sometimes difficult to getting one. That’s why you have to be a little creative. Seek out smaller companies that may need your expertise and convince them how bringing you on will be a benefit to them. It also won’t hurt to say you are working for free! But remember getting an internship means that you must get a solid learning experience from the company.

Get a part time job

In most cases taking any part time job is the best way to break into the working world. Even if it isn’t the best position, just getting a start some where doing menial tasks is better then wasting your time doing nothing. Be sure to keep on applying even when you have a part time job.

Write for a local newspaper

We all get those free papers wrapped with a stack of grocery store and retail flyers. But that bundle of newsprint can mean a great opportunity for you to start building your experience.

Call the newspaper up and find out if they need a writer. Be sure to think of some ideas you can pitch to them if they want to here more of what you can offer them. Don’t turn down any writing assignment. Keep on writing, communicating and learning! It will sharpen your interview skills, help you generate ideas, and of course your writing will get much better in the process.
Start blogging

Don’t hesitate on this one. Visit WordPress.com. Set up an account and start blogging for free! I recommend buying a domain name which looks a bit more professional as opposed to the WordPress name in your URL. Write about what you know or something you are passionate about. Even if it isn’t industry related, you are showing your knowledge and sharpening your writing skills.

Choosing a Career

A job is a job. You make money, pay bills and survive. Its usually mindless work. Or something you don’t like doing. It is why it’s called work. Now with a career, it’s something completely different. It’s not work. It’s not what you have to do. Instead
It’s something that you like to do.

But is it hard to get a career?

No. It isn’t. You can start building a career today. All you need to do is sit downand ask yourself some questions

– What do you like doing?
– What are you good at?
– What is your work experience?
– Do you have a mentor?

This is a good start. Jot down the answer to these questions. Ask yourself more questions. Be honest when answering these questions.
And be as detailed as possible.

Research your passion

You have the internet at your disposal. Look into what your likes and passion can translate into career wise. Be sure to visit sites that are reputable. Sites that end in .edu are the best because they are affiliated with universities or colleges.
They sometimes offer information and content that is helpful and verified. They also have career centres with online portals with good information.

Keep a journal

Be sure to keep a journal of any
Pertinent information in your career search.

Along with the internet, make your phone your friend. Be sure to email and call people that can help you in your career search. Professionals, teachers, ans family can be great sources of information.

Remember you can’t do this alone. It is imperative you build a strong network around you.