By Susan P. Joyce
Who has the job opportunity you want? An employer. All you have to do (all!) is find that employer.
Hopefully, you already have some target employers in mind. If not, do some research first, like the research described in The Smart Way to Find Jobs on Job Boards.
When you know the name of the employers you want, search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo should help you find their websites.
[Related: "Google-ize Your Job Search" article for tips on using Google more effectively.]
Visit the websites of your target employers. Often, job openings are listed on the employer website, and they may NOT be posted anywhere else.
Not every employer or Web team “gets it” about using the Website for recruiting. But, every day, more catch on. We’ve noticed that hospitals, medical centers, and 99% of the Fortune 500 post jobs on their Websites and 95% of the Fortune 500 offer obvious links to their job opportunities on their home pages.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2012, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.