By DeVry University
June 28, 2022
4 min read
June 28, 2022
4 min read
Job hunting can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself. When sifting through thousands of posts in a variety of industries and locations on any one job board, it can be tough to find a job that fits your individual goals and work style.
To help you get the most out of your job search, it’s helpful to know how to navigate job search boards and how their features can be leveraged to help you find your next opportunity.
Know What You’re Looking For
If you’re changing careers, industries or just looking for your next role, it’s important to know what you want, and what you’re looking to leave behind.
Having a clear picture of what you’re looking for will help you build a job search strategy and help you apply a job board’s various tools to find the types of positions that you want.
Polish Your Profile and Resume
First impressions are important. Take some time to review your resume and any online profiles you may have. Make sure all the information is up to date, written in an active voice and uses data to highlight your achievements. For example, instead of saying, “I helped support the sales team in earning higher revenue,” you could write, “I supported the sales team and contributed to achieving $5k in additional revenue.”
Add Keywords to Online Profiles
Just like your resume and cover letter, working strategic keywords into your profile can help it show up for recruiters if it’s scanned by Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software. Take a minute to research some of the ways you can optimize your online profiles for ATS software. Including a skills section, reviewing similar job descriptions for common keywords and writing your profile in simple, clear language are good ways to begin.
Use Job Aggregators
Sure, you can comb through a company’s careers page in search of the perfect position, or you can use an aggregator to do that for you. Job aggregators like Indeed, SimplyHired or LinkedIn pull job postings from thousands of organizations, allowing you to browse more options at once and customize your search.
Look on Niche Job Boards
If the job you’re looking for is a specifically skilled position in a particular industry, you may want to focus your search by browsing a more targeted job board, rather than trying your luck on a more mainstream platform, such as LinkedIn.
Watch for Varying Job Titles
Be aware there might be multiple job titles for what you want to do, depending on the company. Wording might vary slightly or be in a different order, so try searching for different combinations.
Using filters can help you narrow down your search by showing you only the results that fit your desired criteria: a specific title, full- or part-time work, a particular distance from home, whether the job is remote, onsite or hybrid or the level of the position.
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