These days there are so many places to seek job opportunities that it can feel overwhelming. From job boards to networking, the absolute best way to find a job is largely still a mystery. The first step you should take is determining what you want? Ask yourself these simple questions:

  • What industry do you want to work in?
  • What level are you in that industry?
  • What kind of thing do you want to do?
  • Where do you want to work?
  • What are your salary expectations? 

Once you know what you want, it will be easier to find jobs to which you want to apply. Research companies in your industry and the kinds of positions for which you qualify. The next step is appropriately asking a company if they are hiring. The most widely professionally accepted way of reaching out to a company is through email. Most companies will have their email on their website, which you can use, but it’s always a good idea to dig a little deeper, if you can, to stand out more. Some companies have their employees listed on their website or LinkedIn. Look for a hiring manager, recruiter, or manager for the position you’re interested in and try to find their company email through their social channels. As a bonus, if you find someone specific to reach out to, LinkedIn will show you if you have any connections with that person such as mutual friends or schools.

These may come in handy as networking tools you can use. The direct approach often pays off by showing a potential employer you are dedicated, resourceful, and take initiative. When composing an email or message to a hiring manager or recruiter, always introduce yourself first. Next, explain your qualifications for the job you are interested in. Don’t forget to attach your resume for them in case they want to read more about your experience. Lastly, always thank them for their time and consideration. Applying online through job boards like Indeed or LinkedIn is good, but don’t underestimate the power of asking directly.