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Job Search Primer

December 10, 2010

Are you new to Job Searching in Pittsburgh? Are you looking to recharge your job search effort? Then this post may help.

In the columns on the right,  this Careers in Motion site contains a fairly complete primer to help you get started in job search or to help you get momentum going again after the holidays or other lull. For example this site contains the following:

1. Job Search Essentials Checklist: a successful job search starts with a plan and this checklist is intended to get you thinking about the components of a job search plan. If you are just starting job search then you just need to do the things outlined on this list. They are a “go do”. Don’t tell yourself they don’t apply to you or debate the worthiness of each item – just do it. If you have been in job search for a while then take a look at this list and ask yourself “where can I do better? and then do it. Your job search should be a full-time job of at least 30 hours a week and when you are not interviewing or networking you should be honing your job search essentials skills and tools.

2. Pittsburgh Area Networking Groups: This is a list of links to numerous Pittsburgh area networking groups, some are online groups and some are face-to-face groups. Networking is the key to a successful job search. You have to get out there and meet people – not because you think they have a specific job for you but because they could be the next step in the process of finding a job. Networking is like a puzzle, every meeting is a piece of a puzzle in your job search and eventually it will all come together but you need to collect the pieces which means ‘meeting people’

3. Pittsburgh Area Job Boards: You don’t want to rely on job boards exclusively but they can be a source of real opportunities and they can be an indicator of what companies and what industries are hiring in the area. They can also be opportunities for finding new networking contacts through the recruiters and others that you contact. Prioritize these sites and see which ones are the most useful to you.

4. Pittsburgh Area Recruiters: Most of the local recruiter sites include job postings so finding out which of those are most useful to you is a good use of your time. Recruiters too, can be a great networking resource for many. It doesn’t hurt to reach out to them and/or get your resume in their database. They are busy and have to be selective with their time but you should try to meet with as many as you can.

5. Other Job Search Resources: These are some more general sites that are helpful to job seekers. Links to various search engines, links to contact card sites, research sites etc.  These links can be found at the bottom of the ‘networking and job boards’ page.

The tools and links on this site are a great primer. They are all pieces of the process that you absolutely need. At a minimum they should save you some google time but they should also include some links and ideas that you might not otherwise find or utilize.

Take advantage of these resources and incorporate them into your job search.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note at

Good Luck!