What a great month to get laid off.
Not only are there thousands of private industry people who are losing their jobs this month, but there are plenty of government jobs lost. From police officers to janitors, nothing says “happy holidays” like a pink slip.
Let me suggestion five things you might call “job search software.” Understand that I’m quite biased, having been active in this industry for almost four years… so to me, not all job search software is the same.
Here are five areas to consider:
- Organize your job search. JibberJobber was arguably the first real job search organizer on the market. I started the company shortly after I got laid off and it has since provided value to thousands of users as they track where they apply, where they are at with each application, who their network contacts are and where the relationship is. Many continue to use JibberJobber after they land a job because it is a long-term career management tool, not a find-me-a-job bandaid.
- Find job postings. Job boards: one of the most misunderstood areas. Think you’ll find current, relevant and open job postings on job boards? GOOD LUCK. Job boards have a purpose but if you misunderstand them, like I did, you’ll waste weeks and weeks and weeks, like I did. Know their purpose, but don’t expect them to help you find the hidden job market. Peter Weddle says (and I agree) that you should get job alerts from six boards: two large boards (think Monster and CareerBuilder), two niche/industry boards (think Dice or NursingJobs.com), and two local boards (think craigslist and whatever-your-county or city has (houstonjobs, for example). If you understand that job boards care about you as much as recruiters do, you’ll be further ahead of where I was when I started my search.
- Network with people. Real networking, not superficial stuff. There is no networking silver bullet, and it can be “not easy,” but networking is career management 101 – you need to do it in your job search and when you are in-between job searches. I think LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook provide good-to-excellent networking opportunities.
- Brand yourself. I don’t care if you think branding is only for cattle or products (you are neither, right?). Personal branding is real, and it is important. If you need to call it something else, that’s fine… I’m not big on semantics. But if I google you, I should come up with something that might impress me. It’s easy to get branded well… some things to consider are buying your own domain name, getting a blog (wordpress.com, typepad.com, etc.), etc. Also, think about your LinkedIn Profile as well as a VisualCV account, or something like that. Oh yeah, emurse.com is one I always recommend.
Oops, that’s only four… well, I’ll let you tell me what #5 is. Go for it in the comments 🙂