U.S. job openings exceeded over 9 million throughout most of the summer of 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re looking for work right now, there are more opportunities than ever to land that perfect job. But not all methods for your job search will produce the results you want. Here are three different methods that you might normally use to search for jobs and their greatest challenges—along with a new strategy that you should consider in your job search.
Online job boards
The average amount of time to find a job is 24 weeks, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Applying for jobs online allows job seekers a faster and more efficient way to search for open positions. However, online job boards can often be confusing for many reasons. You’ll often see duplicate or outdated job postings, and might have difficulty filtering jobs by your preferred location. Another challenge: Customizing your resume for each and every role you apply. Many online job boards also prevent you from showcasing all your skills and experience with application forms.
From networking to researching potential employers, using social media in your job search can sometimes be effective. It’s certainly popular among today’s job seekers: 79% of job seekers say they are likely to use social media in their job search, according to a study from The Open University. However, there’s typically no way to filter jobs by your industry, location or skill set. Also, many job postings found on social media turn out to be scams that won’t lead to a new job—while others are posted on expired links that don’t work properly.
While we recommend pursuing jobs at companies that interest you, applying on their website also comes with some hurdles. There’s always a good chance that your application simply falls through the cracks because many companies rely on automated programs to sort candidate submissions. Unfortunately, many companies have no process in place to let you know the status of your application. Plus, customizing your resume for each and every role you apply can be difficult. And many online applications won’t allow you to showcase your skills and experience.
Consider JobStack for your job search
In a recent PeopleReady survey, 85% of hiring managers have increased their usage of staffing apps to find workers in the past year. Our mobile app, JobStack, reduces the need to search for jobs online, because the work comes directly to you on your mobile device.
- A convenient, one-time mobile job application.
- Complete control of your work schedule and which jobs you choose.
- Ability to define your preferred travel distance so you can find jobs in your local community.
- Opportunity to add skills, certifications and training to your profile.
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