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Unlikely Job Search Resources

Job SearchIt used to be that if you were on the job hunt, the newspaper “classified” section was all you really needed. Armed with a highlighter and a strong cup of coffee, job hopefuls could plot out their path to a new career all in one handy place. As the years have rolled on, the newspaper -and job postings- have evolved, making the leap from inky print to digitized pixels. With the advent of high-speed internet access, the digital revolution has given applicants access to more opportunities and information than ever; unfortunately, finding these openings can be a little trickier than simply opening the paper to page 12.

Job posting sites are a straightforward way to scroll through available positions, but there’s an entire world of unlikely resources out there to help you land that next job. If you feel stuck in a rut and continue to see the same listings, maybe it’s time to try something a little different.

Here are few sources of job search help you might not have considered yet:

Back to School

Leaving campus and landing a job are typically the first goals of a new college graduate. However, checking back in with your alma mater can be beneficial during a professional transition. Many universities provide job search assistance for alumni, through exclusive job listings and advisor feedback. The years of experience and built-in networking opportunities that come with the university structure are invaluable. Maintaining relationships with classmates, professors and other academic colleagues can lead you to opportunities you may have otherwise missed!

Get Social

When searching for a job, spending time on Facebook or Twitter might feel like just another electronic distraction. While this may be true if you’re using these social networking apps to share photos of cats wearing hats, they can also be powerful tools on the job hunt. Many companies are taking to the social web to post job openings, even utilizing Instagram and Pinterest! Job search hashtags connect recruiters, applicants and consultants from around the world to offer advice. And even if you’re not finding position listed directly through these channels, reviewing a prospective employer’s social channels is a great way to learn more about a company’s culture and history.

NetWORKing

Professional organizations are a great resource to tap into during a job search. Through regular meetings and workshops, these groups can expand your industry knowledge and connect you to professionals with years of experience. Showing a commitment to continued professional development can help you stand out to employers, while simultaneously keeping you close to job opportunities you might not have access to otherwise. Many groups do require a membership fee, but this small investment can pay off big when opportunity knocks.

If you’re tired of the same old job listings, try mixing up your search routine by using a variety of resources. From teachers to tweets, you never know what could lead you to that next adventure! Do you have any unlikely job search resources to share? Post them below!

19 thoughts on “Unlikely Job Search Resources

  1. I’ve been out of the job market for several years now, taking care of my mother. now ready to reenter the medical field to use my skills as a lab assistant ,or CPT technician. What should I do to get going..

    • Hi Mack,
      Thank you for sharing your story. As a first step, I would start by organizing any relevant experience and education you have in the fields that are of interest to you; no piece of experience is too outside of the box, as the goal is to create a large list of options to work from. Then, you can adapt this list and organize the details based on the specific positions you are applying for. Everyone’s background is different, so don’t be afraid to embrace your accomplishments that may have happened outside of the traditional office setting.
      If you would like some more personalized help, please reach out to one of our skilled recruiters at the office nearest you:
      http://www.medixteam.com/locations/

      • I too am eager to eager to re-enter the Medical field as a Medical. Assistant. Employers want more recent experience…

  2. Well I am a lot like Mack. I have been out of work for several years for the same reason taking care of my parents. But I have my Bachelors in Healthcare Administration and it’s been very hard time for to find a job. I have had my resume written by professionals and still don’t understand the problem. I haven’t even had a decent interview come my way in months. I don’t know if it’s about the time gap in my work history or if its about age. What would you suggest I do?

    • Hi Brenda,
      Thank you for joining the conversation and telling your story. When applying for positions, it is important to be truthful about any gaps between working periods. Instead of avoiding these gaps, try to present any other applicable experience you might have gained from that time. Our recruiters are also a great resource if you would like to continue to work towards a new career:
      http://www.medixteam.com/locations/

  3. Hi, actually I held a bs in bio and minor in health degree. I don’t have work experience yet apart from my volunteer at local hospital. I want to persuade my further education of MBA (marketing). I also have online certificate of medical administrative assistant. Can you suggest me what type of should I get with these experience before I jump into MBA study program. Thanks!

    • Hi Sunita,
      Thank you for sharing! A variety of experience – work, education, volunteer work – is a great way to showcase versatility to potential employers. Keep in mind that every industry has different expectations for advanced degrees, and these expectations can change by position as well. If you can connect with a mentor within your industry of preference, this is a great way to learn firsthand information of what is needed.

  4. I have spent 18 full months to search for an entry-level position of Business degree in Information Systems and Accounting from University of Colorado Denver. I can’t land a job please help me out!

  5. I’ve recently relocated to Tallahassee, Fl after working with you in Houston. Do you recruit for positions in Tallahassee?

      • Hi Andrew,
        I have read the above comments and I will be adding the gaps in my work history when I stayed home to raise my children. For the last 20 years I have worked as a certified clinical research coordinator. During that time my salary has raised from $48,000 to $64,000 yearly due to my extensive experience which has been invaluable as a mentor for less experience staff. My last employer terminated me while I was on temporary disability. My employer stated they were having difficulty functioning with 1 staff out. I believe the fact that I am 60 and was terminated from the last position has markedly impacted my ability to find another job. I don’t know what to do.

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