Job Search at 30,000 Feet

“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.” - Warren Buffet

Flying back from a business trip and I got to thinking about the "30,000 foot view". You know, the "big picture" or "seeing the forest for the trees" and I'm sure there are another 100 similar cliches. Sometimes you need to do that with your job search. Sometimes you are so buried in the details you forget about the task at hand. Maybe you are spending all of your time applying to jobs on one of the job search sites (most probably with very little success). Or maybe you are spending lots of time trying to cultivate contacts of contacts (you know, the "six degrees of separation). Whatever your story is, every once and awhile you need to take that step back, smell the roses and refocus your search.
  • - This site is a job search board with over 350,000 active postings and quickly growing. The site has thousands of jobs for the top 30 U.S. metropolitan areas specializes in Chicago. The site does not require user sign up, but as with most sites, it is more effective with a profile. Enter your keyword at the top of the page (company, job, etc.) and then location in the next box (city, state, or zip code) and hit search. Clicking on a job will open a page with details and a link to apply.
  • Insidejobs - "Career Day Every Day" is the site's tag line. There are links at the top of the page for Jobs, Degrees and Schools. Click Jobs and you will find featured jobs (click on any of these links to see a detailed page on the job). Directly below this you will see a listing for all jobs (listed by job category). There is a quick search box at the top right hand side of the page, simply enter the job type and the search engine returns a list of jobs. You can narrow your search by adding your city to the search box. Similar functionality exists for Degrees and Schools. You can register with the site by clicking "register" at the top right hand side of the page.
  • Team Discovery - Team Discovery is a recruiting / search firm. There are links at the top of the page for Employers, Candidates, Experience and Contact. Clicking Candidates will allow you to see their open jobs, submit your resume or look a networking events. Search their open jobs and click on view details to see the job description. Click contact to get a list of contacts (name, number and email address) or complete the webform and leave your information.
  • Find a Recruiter – From, provides another search engine for you. You can select from the featured recruiters on the left-center side of the page or the search box from the right hand side. Simply select you field of interest followed by the region and then click “go find a recruiter”. This will return a list of recruiters. Click on any recruiter for the contact information.
  • The Riley Guide – “Providing free career and employment information since February 1994.” is the tag line for this very well known and respected job search site. There is a wealth of information here, and you could spend days just reading through all of the information. So, where to start? There is a very helpful “Navigating the Guide” list on the left hand side of the page. From how to job search to research and target employers, this is the place to get started.
Good luck in your search.

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