Times have changed with job-searching, and there are numerous websites now available that post jobs for private industry. Many companies offer a way to apply online. However, these sites do not replace traditional and proven job-hunting approaches such as networking, personal contacts, business organizations, and interviewing. While some companies honestly want to help your, others are more interested in taking your money. Be wary of:
- Promises to get you a job and a guaranteed income.
- Up-front fees, even when you are guaranteed a refund if you are dissatisfied.
- Employment agencies whose ads read like job ads.
- Promotions of "previously undisclosed" government jobs. All federal jobs are announced to the public on the USAJOBS website.
Mind your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media web sites
If you are in the market for a new job, remember that potential employers are not just reading your resume; they are also reviewing your social media profiles, blogs, pictures, and videos. Even if you clean up your profiles, companies can still have access to older content that you posted publicly. To err on the side of caution:
- Refrain from making defamatory comments about current or former employers.
- Avoid making statements that are discriminatory or demonstrate intolerance.
- Avoid using profanity or offensive slang terms, even if in a joking manner.
- Do not post pictures of yourself that may be offensive, show too much skin, or show you using alcohol or drugs.
The Hidden Job Market
70% of all new hires come from the hidden job market. Employers use their first source for candidates such as friends, past and present favorite employees and other work connections. You have more connections in your hidden job market than you may think:
- Current and former neighbors
- People who work at stores you buy things from
- People you text message or are friends with on Facebook
- Mail Carriers
- Family members and friends
- Church members
- Gym partners
- Sport teams
- Facebook friends
Tip: Add to your network by volunteering at your local food bank, church, or other charitable organization.