Find Your Dream Job Online
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Find Your Dream Job Online

by Joyce Akiko
Photos Mae Ferguson | May 20, 2015

IT'S SIMPLER THAN EVER TO FIND YOUR DREAM JOB ONLINE—BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT EASIER TO GET IT. FOLLOW THESE KEY STEPS TO FIND & LAND THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS ONLINE.

The days of circling job openings in newspaper ads with a red pen are long gone. These days, the entire process—from job advertisement to finished application—can be done online.

It’s never been simpler to find and apply to jobs, but that doesn’t mean it’s easier! {Click to tweet} The competition is intense, with nearly 80% of all U.S. employees either actively job hunting or open to offers.

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Here’s the good news: we put together a three-step guide to finding your next dream job online and setting yourself apart from the competition! Let's get started.

STEP 1: BASIC ONLINE SEARCH

A few years ago, there were only two big websites where companies posted job openings and people applied. Today, there are many! You can tap into these resources to search for jobs:

  • Levo League is a news, networking, and job search platform for women
  • The Muse offers job search and career advice, plus custom job alerts if you opt into their newsletter
  • Indeed.com is a job search platform (get their app here)
  • LinkedIn is the most popular professional networking site (get their general app here and their job search app here)
  • Last but not least, Career Contessa lists job openings from across the country, too!

STEP 2: DEEP RESEARCH

Most people stop at Step 1. They search for job openings, shoot their resumes out, and wait for recruiters to call. They don't realize that hiring managers only spend a few seconds on each resume they receive, and can receive hundreds of applications for one job opening!

Fortunately, there are ways you can set yourself apart. Deep research is one of the best methods.

Companies love applicants who speak their language, who know their culture and love their mission. You can find information on all these factors online. Check company websites, look them up on social media, and view their Glassdoor reviews (get the Glassdoor App here).

Companies love applicants who speak their language, who know their culture and love their mission. You can find information on all these factors online.

To dig even deeper, look for any publicity about the company. If it's a local company, check the local news blogs. Publicity articles tell you the direction of the company's growth and mission, and can even describe the working culture.

Some companies also host meetups or sponsor conferences. Starting a list of these events will give you a very good idea of the types of communities that these companies support. You might even attend one of these events yourself, and introduce yourself to employees from the company.

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STEP 3: INFLUENCER CONNECTIONS

On that note, to go above and beyond even the higher-than-average job applicant, start building up your network.

Go for quality over quantity with new connections—specifically research and choose the thought leaders in your industry, the people who work at the companies you want to work for, and other people who may provide advice or guidance. {Click to tweet} Locate these people on Twitter and LinkedIn, follow their updates, and engage with them in an authentic, genuine manner.

Go for quality over quantity with new connections—specifically research and choose the thought leaders in your industry, the people who work at the companies you want to work for, and other people who may provide advice or guidance.

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Influencers can inform you of job openings you'll never find online. They can become your champions, rooting you on and introducing you to hiring managers. Last but not least, they can help widen your perspective. Nothing is worse than feeling like you're in a silo during a job hunt!

The best way to form an authentic connection is offline. {Click to tweet} Reach out over social media and ask a few people to have coffee with you in person. Lunch is another option, but coffee is much more affordable when you are having 2-3 meetings a week, and it’s more respectful of your contacts, who are likely very busy. Plus, coffee means you can focus more on the conversation then the waiter, the menu, and the check!

READY, SET, GO!

Now that you're armed with all the best ways to find and apply to jobs online, it's time to get cracking.

Here's your homework:

  1. Do some quick online searches to check out the current landscape for the types of jobs you want
  2. Dig deeper into 5-10 companies that you really want to work for 
  3. Reach out to 3-5 current employees of those companies on LinkedIn and Twitter, and ask them out for coffee

Schedule some time in your calendar over the next two weeks to get this done. You will soon be on the way to your next dream job!