How to Search Smart and Find the Job You Want

Last week I did a post on how to find the job role that’s right for you. But what do you do after that? You need to find that role, right?

Well, I have a simple method for you. 

Shoutout to Praxis for helping me hone this method, and challenging me to look for jobs proactively! This basic structure is what they taught us participants.

The Job Search

First, go to a website that has job listings (makes sense, right?). When I was looking this past week, my favorites to use were Indeed.com, Simply Hired, and LinkedIn jobs. They were the most customizable and most user-friendly of the sites I used. 

Or, go through your social media accounts. Look at companies that you follow and see if any of them are hiring. I did this and realized I don’t follow a lot of companies. Just mostly celebrities and cats. And celebrity cats. It made me really sad. But I still found at least one opportunity from all that. So it’s worth it to look. 

See? There was a conventional and non-conventional method for you. You’re welcome!

Second, if you’re using a website, pick specific (but not too specific) keywords for your job search. I’m looking for a role in marketing; specifically, video marketing. But if I searched for “video production”, I often didn’t come up with anything good. Searching for “marketing” and “entry-level” produced more results (some in video, but mostly in social media marketing)

If you’re going the social media route, this step isn’t really needed. Just look at their “careers”, “jobs” or even “about” pages. That’s where you find what you’re looking for. Wow, you get to skip a whole step! Good for you.

Third, make note of everything you search for and the roles that stand out to you. What searches produced the best results? What keywords did you use?

Also, think about the job descriptions themselves. Did you find any common themes? 

In my job search, I found that some locations produced no results. My hometown of Columbia, for example, has basically no marketing opportunities. I figured I would be moving for my next role… 

If I was too specific (like an entry-level video production marketing role in Austin, TX, for example) my results went to 0 really quickly. It was much more beneficial for me to use only one or two words and weed through the rest. I ignored any roles that had the word “manager” in the title because that would require a lot of previous experience and not really be entry-level.

The descriptions of the jobs that actually caught my eye had a lot of common themes. All of them called for lots of creativity and drive, and most of them said “student learner”.  Several included “outgoing” or “love to interact with people”. All of the jobs required passion. 

It makes a lot of sense: marketing does require creativity, drive and being a learner. You can’t get very far without those traits.

And finally… apply.

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