Author: Georgene Huang Source: Forbes
The truth is that most people don’t actively keep on top of job resources in the marketplace. That’s because even the most career-oriented among us typically are busy with real work responsibilities, and as a consequence are not paying much attention to job-seeking resources. Even if you consider yourself a passive job candidate who likes to keep your options open, and you keep your social media profile up-to-date, that doesn’t mean you’re taking advantage of lesser-known job resources that should be on your radar screen.
Here are six commonly overlooked job resources that should be on your radar screen:
1. Your alumni career services center
If you haven’t thought about your college alumni’s career services center since, well, college, it’s time to think again. Many companies post jobs with local career services centers trying to find experienced alumni as well as those who have recently graduated from university. These jobs may come with a personal email address or filter into someone’s email inbox rather than go into a large and anonymous applicant tracking system. Also, many universities are catching up in terms of technology and wising up to how important alumni relations can be. Many colleges have recently made improvements to their career services platforms which can provide a more curated alternative to mass job boards available to the general public.
2. Your industry association
Whether you work in the creative design field or in finance, chances are there’s an industry association that offers member events, educational programming and networking opportunities. Some industry associations have their own job boards and email newsletter lists with job listings pertinent to your industry. Of course, these newsletters may primarily list jobs on behalf of companies that are corporate members, but it’s certainly a more curated list than drinking from a firehose of a mass market job board. Industry associations are obviously also a great way to get to know people who may ultimately help coax your job application to insiders at a potential employer you’re interested in.
3. Your corporate alumni network
Increasingly, large companies are taking a play out of the collegiate alumni playbook and offering digital and off-line networking opportunities among alumni. While the best known example in the corporate world is perhaps McKinsey & Company’s alumni network, other professional services firms and companies also maintain alumni networks complete with databases of members’ contact information and current positions. It’s certainly worth joining any corporate alumni networks that are formally available to you since there is a shared history among members that may make it more likely someone will help you in your job search or simply when you are interested in networking opportunities.
4. Industry rags
Do you subscribe to the most relevant magazines or newsletters in your industry? Reading up on the happenings in your industry helps you not only find opportunities (is a company you like opening a new office in your city? Or expanding into a new area?) but also sound smart when you actually do land an interview. Keeping up to date through industry publications — which are increasingly digital, have social media handles, and are free to follow — is an important part of every job seeker’s toolkit. Many industry publications have niche and tightly focused job postings as well.