Searching for a job is never easy, but here’s a few tips

A friend of mine recently sent me a message that she needed help finding a new job. Sadly, this friend is getting a pink slip later this month and has exhausted herself scouring Craigslist. I’d like to share the suggestions I gave her.

  • If you’re graduating college soon, make sure you know the ins and outs of your school’s career center. Check the job board daily for new positions.
  • Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job.
  • Update your LinkedIn account. If you don’t have one, stop right now and make one!
  • Sign up for job email alerts from various job searching sites using key words from your field. For example, I signed up for job alerts with the following keywords: public relations + social media + marketing + entry level + communications… etc.
  • Job Resources: to name a few LocalHires, Indeed, Simply Hired, CalOpps, Experience. I steered clear of Monster and Career Builder just because there tended to be a lot of b***s*** jobs that claim to be in the field I was looking in, but were mainly sales and telemarketer jobs.

Networking events are a fantastic way to meet other people in your shoes who might have helpful tips and suggestions for maneuvering the job market. The following groups have upcoming networking opportunities in the Bay Area.

Pink Slip Mixers – you’re not alone in this big, scary job market.
Down-sized? Unemployed? Want to find a new career and have fun! Pink Slip Mixer events are fun, interactive and FREE to job seekers! When you come in the door, you’ll be given a color-coded bracelet that identifies you as a job seeker of a specific industry or a recruiter or admissions representative so you can network with the people that matter to you!

Silicon Valley Tweetup – network while raising money for a local charity.
Silicon Valley Tweetups connects people who are engaging in social media and want to give back to the community.

Silicon Valley Young Professionals – a networking group.
The Silicon Valley Young Professionals are a group of young community and business leaders dedicated to improving our community by connecting and developing young professionals. SVYP is a program of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce focused on promoting the growth and development of the next generation of business and community leaders.

Social Media Club – like social media? So do these guys.
Social Media Club’s mission is to connect media makers from around the world to advance media literacy, promote industry standards, encourage ethical behaviour and share the lessons they have learned. With many chapters worldwide, finding one near you is easy. I am a part of Social Media Club Silicon Valley, where innovators from around the Bay Area will meet for monthly events to share, engage and collaborate with the community on the issues of social media and technology.

Do you have any suggestions for job seekers?