Diversify Your Job Search Strategy

Now’s a great time to be looking for your next job or internship! The search process can be overwhelming without a strategy so let’s break down one way you can organize your search. I like to break things down into three key groupings of resources:

 

Broad

These resources include positions across all industries and job functions. Some may even be job aggregators that scrub the web for any new listings. You might discover a position or company you never thought about, but it can sometimes be hard to find the right filters and keywords to make the volume more manageable.

Examples: Handshake, LinkedIn, Indeed

Narrow

Choose a specific company you’re interested in working for and review their career or jobs website. You’re going straight to the source here which could allow you to find things directly and make sure you’re tuned into a top employer.

Examples: New York Times Careers Page, Careers at Penn, Google Careers

In-between

Find a job board specific to a particular industry or job function. This gives you the benefit of still discovering new employers or positions, but cut down on filtering or wading through tons of positions that are less relevant to you. This may also include professional associations who have their own job board for the field. Employers may also prioritize these types of resources as places they find hires who are tuned in and dedicated to their craft.

Examples: Idealist, AngelList, ACES (American Copy Editors Society)

 

Using a mixture of these types of resources will help diversify your search to make sure you’re truly covering your bases. You may gravitate to one particular resource that you find works the best for you, but occasionally take some time to change things up every now and then. Using all three can break up the monotony of the job search and even help you find a great position you weren’t expecting to stumble onto.

By Natty Leach
Natty Leach Handshake Manager and Associate Director, The College / Co-Host, CS Radio