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Use a Handbill in Your Job Search

by Easter on June 22, 2010

The topic of handbills for job searches came up at one of my recent workshops. A handbill is another word for a flier. It is a networking tool.

Think of the times you find yourself chatting with someone at an open house, while you are waiting to get your haircut, or in line at the grocery store. Have you ever mentioned that you are looking for a new job to someone you barely know, or just met? If you have not, then you are missing a lot of opportunities to network in your job search.

You never know who knows someone, who knows someone who can help you find your job. When you do have such a networking conversation, you want to be able to give someone a one page flier or handbill about you.

This is a condensed version of your resume and an opportunity to state the job you are looking for, as well as some companies you are interested in working for. In your resume, you list the companies you worked for, dates and what you accomplished. In a handbill, you are going to focus on the position you are seeking first.

Start by listing your name at the top with your contact information and the postion you are seeking. The position you are seeking should be bold. Next state in two or three sentences what you are about. For example:

Licensed expert veternarian assistant with three years emergency care experience. Supervisor and trainer of other assistants, with focus on maintaining a calm and controlled approach during emergencies and surgeries.

The part about you is an overall view of your talents. Next list a few bullet points of your accomplishments. Then list the last two or three companies you worked for only showing the company name, dates you were there, and your title. Nothing more needs to be here, you have listed already listed your experience and skills.

At the bottom, list the names of some companies you would like to work for. This is a flier, remember, so you are advertising where you would like to work. Someone you hand your flier to, may know of someone who works at that company you listed and will be willing to pass your name along. The more people who know you are in a job search, the more people can help you.

Here is a summary of the outline to follow for you job search handbill:
Name and contact info
Title of job you are seeking
A couple  of sentences about who you are
Bullet points about your accomplishments
List 2-3 companies you most recently for, dates and title
List companies you would like to work for

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Top Job Search Websites

by Easter on June 2, 2010

There are so many job search websites out there. It can be overwhelming and discouraging to go through so many. There are two top job search websites that I recommend you start with.

The first website is Indeed which is a search engine that compiles thousands of job listings, “allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards.” The quote is from their website. In other words, you can find listings from more than one site at Indeed. I recommend that you start here.

The other top job search website I recommend is Craig’s List. It is sometimes overlooked by job seekers, but is loaded with local job listings. There is an advantage for companies to post their jobs on Craig’s List, and that is the price.  A single job posting on a job search site like Monster can cost well over $300. A job posting on Craig’s List is only $25.

Companies that don’t have a big budget for job postings love to use Craig’s List. This includes smaller companies, and sometimes these smaller companies do not have as big a pool of candidates vying for the job. You will also find that as the year progresses, and as companies are depleting their job advertising budget, they use Craig’s List to save money.

Pace yourself with the job search websites. I recommend going through no more than two sites per day. When you see a posting that looks good, stop, take the time to apply now. Don’t save a bunch to go back to, and then have ten or twelve resumes to send. That’s when you can get overwhelmed and not want to send any.

It’s better to send just one or two resumes in a day, then to have ten postings that you will send a resume to, when you feel up to it.

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