What are the most effective ways to search for a job?



Back in the day the norm was to find a job straight out of school and stick with it until retirement, these days are certainly in the past. Nowadays people have become more adept and creative in utilising new avenues in searching for new job opportunities.

Below I have listed some of the best ways to benefit you with your job search.

  1. Networking: As some may know the majority of job vacancies are not advertised, often these are referred to as the “hidden job market”, in order for job seekers to secure these jobs you will need to find a way to get a foot in the door. Networking with friends, past colleagues or managers, Recruitment Agencies and approaching companies direct is the way to go to get your name out there and remembered so when these “hidden jobs” become available you are the person that comes to mind.
  2. Job seeking Websites: There is no doubt that the majority of the population has at least once viewed or applied for a job through a job seeking website. These too have changed throughout the years and the number of Websites that post jobs have increased drastically, some of the ones you may see and hear of very often are; Seek, Indeed, Adzuna, CareerOne, Glassdoor and for Government these are I Work for NSW and JobSearch.gov. If you are looking for jobs there is always a hesitation if you should apply or not, the question you have to ask yourself is “what do you have to lose?” applying for jobs through these avenues is a way of networking and getting your name out there in several different businesses which in turn will increase your chances in finding the right role for you. 
  1. LinkedIn: LinkedIn has become the biggest professional social app there is today. This tool is very powerful in the way it is created to make it as easy as possible for you to connect with the right people, search your target market based on industry, qualifications, interests and apply for jobs as LinkedIn has become another large and successful website for job seekers. LinkedIn can also be considered as the best way of Networking as this is where you can connect with whoever and as many people as you like to benefit your Network.
  2. Recruitment Agencies: If you want to get your name out there quicker than ever call a recruitment agency for example at Quay Appointments we have several Consultants that are constantly recruiting for jobs across the board. All it takes is a phone call to have a conversation that could either get your resume passed around the business or even better land yourself a job. Agencies are the best and quickest way to build your network and to apply for jobs.

In this current job market, finding the right job opportunities often requires a combination of methods. Always keep in mind that there are a variety of methods available for finding job opportunities, all with their own strengths and weaknesses, so don’t be shy to experiment with a variety of techniques.


    • Sylvia Koutsoubaris, Recruitment Consultant, Quay Appointments


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