Career Growth Step Two: Find Opportunities

Get a New or Better Job: Step Two: Find Opportunities

In Blog, Career Exploration, Employment Articles, News, Series: New Job by Sarah Lyngdal

Now that you know the types of jobs you are interested in, where can you find job opportunities? To state the obvious, job openings are typically posted online. While there clearly other ways to search for jobs, I will focus exclusively on online job postings and resources.

Numerous online resources can help you identify available job opportunities in your area.

  1. Websites like Indeed or Simplyhired are job aggregators, meaning that they compile job postings from all different sites.
  2. If there is a specific employer you’re interest in, regularly visit the company’s career page for available opportunities.
  3. If you are looking for employment with the state, non-profits, or federal contractors with a vested interest in hiring individuals with disabilities, there are specific websites you can visit.

The Listly below provides links to some useful websites for online job search.
list.ly Job Search Resources

Keep in mind there may also be “hidden job markets.” Hidden job markets are jobs that are revealed through ways other than advertisements or job board postings. Some examples of hidden job markets include: a company that has a need but has not created a job to address it, a position was created by has not been advertised yet, or an opening is about to be created because someone is leaving a company. This is where networking comes into play. Don’t underestimate the power of social media and networking! We’ll review the basics of social media and networking after Step Three.

Follow the other articles in this series:
Introduction: Get a New or Better Job
Step One: Identify Interests
Step Three: Resume Writing

About the Author

Sarah Lyngdal

Sarah works with ERI's Ticket to Work program with a focus on providing high quality and efficient services. She is passionate about helping individuals move forward with their employment goals. More about Sarah