If you—like many members of the US workforce—are planning to change jobs in 2014, now may be the time to check out your options. If you're not sure where to start looking, a few handy job search tips may set you on the track to a successful career change, a promotion, or a position with your dream company.
Because of the country's current economic status, many management professionals have had trouble finding jobs on their own. As a consequence, even seasoned pros are brushing up on the latest job search tips, which incorporate advice from a number of different sources. Job search tips often make it easier to find gainful employment—even when the number of open positions is low.
One of the most efficient job search tips is to get an insider referral. This is where networking pays off: if you have a buddy on the inside, it's often much easier to get on board with your ideal company. Especially now, in the wake of the recession, businesses actively seek reliable, well-qualified applicants and strive to keep recruitment expenses to a minimum. Your contact's recommendation goes a long way toward establishing you as that reliable, well-qualified applicant.
Some of the most effective job search tips involve technology. In addition to advertising opportunities in local newspapers, many modern employers post open positions on the Internet. A number of useful websites are designed to help you find gainful employment—you may not even have to leave your house to get an interview. Simply find your ideal job, apply online, and wait for a response.
A number of other technological job search tips can simplify your search for the ideal position. If you have a smartphone or a tablet, for example, you can install jobseeker applications. Several of the biggest online employment sites now offer exclusive apps to help you research and apply for jobs on the go. If you normally spend your daily subway commute worrying about your current job, start using that time to find a better workplace.
According to a recently published study by Milwaukee career-management firm Right Management, up to 83 percent of Americans are considering finding jobs to replace their current positions in 2014. That's an enormous portion of the US workforce. However, according to the Right Management survey, which is conducted every year, the proportion of US workers actively seeking new employment has actually fallen by 3 percent since 2012.
If you're looking for a new job this year, don't be afraid to seek the advice of peers or perform valuable research before embarking on your employment quest. Insider referrals, apps, and other job search tips may help you climb the ladder in 2014.
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