Searching for a job is more like a stage of life than a task to be ticked off hastily - you will need patience and motivation. It may take up several hours of your time each day over a certain period, becoming part of your day-to-day activities.
In the third step, you drew up terms describing what you are looking for, and what you have to offer. Given than you are exploring specific job vacancies, you may now be able to narrow them down further. When searching for jobs, it is often better to enter tasks and qualifications rather than job titles; when reading job postings, initially ignore the job title. The guide entitled "Kick-Off für den Messebesuch" (Before visiting careers fairs), available for download below, will help you prepare for various situations when approaching people or companies for the first time.
Use the following options to search for the right job and company:
- Job boards and job search engines. Since there are so many job boards and search engines on the market, use a search engine such as "Jobboersenverzeichnis" to find the right one for your needs.
- Specialist online and print media
- Industry association and professional association websites
- Company and institution websites
- Websites of cities, local authorities and federal states
- Fairs: trade fairs, university fairs
- Professional online networks such as Xing and LinkedIn
The hidden job market
Networking and word-of-mouth marketing
Your personal network, i.e. your contacts, is your key asset. Take a large sheet of paper and write down the names of all the people you know. Each person knows other people, which may lead you to insiders from areas that interest you.
To make strategic use of your network, talk or write to you contacts about what you are looking for and what you have to offer. Ask them to tell you about any potential jobs; to introduce you to other contacts; and to refer you to a particular person.
Make use of events to talk
Interesting people can be encountered at all kinds of places: professional events, fairs, personal recommendations, careers days, open days, celebrations, and so on. Besides such events, you can also generate your own occasions by proactively contacting a person because you have heard or read something interesting about them. Business email addresses are usually accessible, or you may be able to track down the person of interest in an alumni association or a professional online network.
Should you o get the possibility to speak to an insider, prepare your introduction well. Think about how to present your concern and which questions to ask.