Whether you recently lost your job or are ready to jump ship from your current one, the chances of your getting a new position through the newspaper employment ads is very small. The good news is there are many other avenues to pursue if you are looking for a safety job.
You should start by updating your resume and connect with those already in the safety and health field. Here are some ways to distribute your resume in your job search:
1. Tap your network: Everybody knows somebody. Within your existing network, either on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, there are probably some jobs that would be appropriate for you. Make a list of everyone you know. Then, set a goal to touch base with three people you have not talked to for a year or more.
2. Connect with alumni: We generally like people who have something in common with us; who share the same values; or have gone to the same school. Adding three new alumni per week (either through alumni directories or LinkedIn) is a good approach in your job search. It is even better if these contacts are in your industry.
3. Attend events: These include ones hosted by charities and professional organizations. Talk to people who are in your industry.
4. Use LinkedIn to maximum effect: LinkedIn is a powerful tool to easily connect with the right people. Search your target audience based on your industry, qualifications, university and interests, and connect with the people who interest you. For example, if you work in the OSH field, you could aim to connect with all potential bosses and human resource departments in this industry and in your market. You can even set goals for yourself, such as, “Connect to all general managers and human resource managers in the construction industry in my city by the end of April.”
5. Check job boards: Many companies and recruiters use them to find the right candidate. Define the top job boards for your skill set and put your resume there. Many online job boards show when your resume was last updated. To avoid getting shifted deeper into the pile of applicants, update it weekly.
6. Contact headhunters: Senior-level professionals are recruited almost exclusively through recommendation or by headhunters. They tend to know about jobs that will never be advertised and they have experience finding openings. If you work with a headhunter, choose carefully. Identify several (but no more than five) whom you trust and be prepared to follow-up.
Job Search Online Sites
There are many websites you can access to search for your next position. By searching these sites, you can see the requirements and wording companies are looking for when searching for a candidate.
In this section, we will take a look at a few of the most popular online job search sites.
www.careerbuilder.com: On this site, you can search hundreds of thousands of jobs, both across the United States or in your own country. You are able to search for keywords, such as OSH jobs, oil and gas, construction or healthcare. You can also set up an email alert when a specific job shows up on the site. The site offers a “salary calculator” to find annual salaries for specific positions and compare the information in your area. You can also look at who is competing for a specific job posting. For example, it lists how many people have applied, the education levels and experience.
www.safetyjobs.org: This is a job search engine that finds job listings from company career pages, other job boards, newspapers and associations. You are able to search job titles, keywords or a specific company using your city, state, and zip code. It allows you to create a job alert to be the first to know when specific jobs are posted in your area.
www.monster.com: Job seekers can search more than 800,000 jobs, build and post resumes and access thousands of pages of career information and advice. Employers can get instant access to today’s most powerful hiring tools – post jobs, search resumes, screen candidates and streamline your entire hiring process.
www.Bayt.com: This is a job site in the Middle East, offering a complete range of end-to-end employment solutions and career planning tools. Bayt.com is fully functional in English, Arabic and French, and offers the fastest, easiest, most effective and cost-efficient methods for employers to find quality candidates, and for job seekers to find top jobs, in the Middle East and North Africa.
www.careersinafrica.com: Careers in Africa has been at the heart of international recruitment for more than 10 years, working with companies across Africa, and Asia to recruit internationally-based graduates and professionals back into jobs within their home countries.
www.indeed.com: With this international site, you can search millions of job listings in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and selected other countries from thousands of web sites, job boards, newspapers, blogs, career pages, and associations to find job listings that match or are similar to your search query. All searches you do can be saved as an email alert, so new jobs are delivered daily.
www.recruit.net: This site is a Hong Kong based company that operates an international network of trilingual job search engines. Recruit.net crawls the internet to find job listings from corporate web sites, job boards, recruitment agencies, newspapers, classifieds and other sources. The free tools offered by Recruit.net enable users to search for jobs using a combination of keywords, locations, and company name.
www.simplyhired.com: If you know exactly what you are looking for, you can search by typing in a specific key word(s) and location. Or, if you are not quite sure what you want to do, you can search by job category or browse by title, by company, location or industry. SimplyHired’s international job search engines include listings aggregated from the leading job boards, content websites, newspapers, organizations, and company career pages. You can search for jobs in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Spain, the United Kingdom and many other companies by job title, skills, company name and location.
www.careerjet.com: This job search engine maps job listings available on the internet in one database by referencing job listings originating from company websites, recruitment agency websites, and large specialist recruitment sites.
The site has a fast and straightforward interface, users can query this database and save themselves the trouble of visiting each site individually. Career Jet scans more than 58,000 websites for job listings daily. The site network encompasses more than 50 countries, featuring separate interfaces that are translated into 20 languages.