Apply for a Job: How To Find Companies That Need Workers
What’s the best way to find companies that have open positions? It depends on what type of job you’re looking for, but there are ways to get the newest job openings online and via email, as well as options for finding local companies that are hiring now.
Get Ready to Apply For Jobs
Before you start searching for jobs, get ready to job search. Create or update your resume, have a basic cover letter that you can customize for the jobs you are applying for ready, and have all the information you need to complete a job application at hand.
You don’t want to miss out on a good opportunity because you’re not ready to submit an application. Also, don’t wait to apply. I know too many people who spent so much time deciding whether they should apply and writing and re-writing job application materials that, by the time they got their application in it was too late and the job was filled.
Use Job Search Engines
The job search engines not only let you find job postings fast because they are searching many sources of job listings at once, but they are also a good way to find jobs that are available immediately.
Jobberm, for example, is one of the most popular job websites in Nigeria. This site update jobs across Nigeria every day.
Applyforajob.org also posts jobs from company job boards, as well as advertised jobs daily.
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Visit social networking sites Daily:
Some social network sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and forums also list jobs on their site.
Many companies promote current job openings on social networking sites, sometimes even before they are listed on job boards or company websites, so you’ll be able to find listings ahead of other candidates.
Set Up Job Search Alerts
Most job boards and many company websites and job search engines have options where you can get new job postings that match your interests sent to you as soon as they are listed.
For example, offers email job alerts that deliver job news to readers. Users can set up job alerts to receive notifications about new job listings that include the keywords (company name or job title) that you list.
Apply Direct at Company Websites
If you know which companies you are interested in working for, you can go directly to the source and search for and apply for jobs online directly on many company websites.
After all level positions are online and your application will go directly into the company’s application tracking system for consideration. You’ll find job postings in the “Careers” section of the site, which is often listed under “About Us” or “About the Company” on the front page of the company website.
Ask if a Company is Hiring
If your timing is right and you catch an employer at the right hiring moment, you can get yourself considered for a job or internship. Employers often reach out to ask about employment.
Not only does it show that you have a specific interest in the company, but it also saves the employer the time and expense of advertising and recruiting.
Contacting an employer before he or she has begun advertising a position will also help you beat out the competition.
Below are a few suggestions for ways to reach out to employers.
Send an email or letter
Consider sending an inquiry letter, also known as a cold contact cover letter, prospecting letter, or value proposition letter.
This letter (sent via mail or email) should contain information on why the company interests you and why your skills and experience would be an asset to the organization. Don’t forget to include your contact information. Here are sample inquiry letters to review.
Use social media to review
Use social and professional networking. Email isn’t the only way to ask if someone is hiring. For example, consider reaching out to an employer via a LinkedIn message. This message should contain much of the same information as an inquiry letter, although it can be a bit shorter.
Call or visit the office. If you live near the office, consider a quick in-person visit. At the very least, you can leave a copy of your resume and contact information, and if you’re lucky, a hiring manager might have a minute to chat with you. If you cannot visit the office, you can also call.
You may not be able to get through to a decision-maker, but it can’t hurt to try. You can also consider calling before stopping in, to see when a hiring manager or other executive might be available for a brief conversation.
Network. Take any opportunity you can to meet and reach out to an employee at the company you are interested in. You can connect with employees and employers through social or professional networks, or at local job fairs or industry-related events. Making a personal connection, if possible, can only help your job search.
When you know that you want to work in your hometown or another specific location, take advantage of local job search resources. Many smaller companies list positions on Jobberman or the town Chamber of Commerce website if it has a job board. Check the online help wanted ads in your local newspaper as well.
If you’re interested in a retail job, walk around town or the mall. You will see “Now Hiring” or “Help Wanted” signs in store windows, along with instructions on how to apply.
Ask Your Network
Networking, both in-person and online, is still the way the majority of job openings are filled. Let your friends and family know that you’re seeking employment.
Also (carefully because you don’t want your current employer to find out your job searching) ask your connections on LinkedIn and other contacts that you know you can safely tell you are looking for work if they can let you know about any job listings that might be a good fit. You may be able to apply before the job is even posted.
If you’re out of work, of course, tell everyone you know you are seeking employment. You don’t know who may be able to help unless you ask.