Getting Value from an Online Job Listing Without Applying for the Job

Getting Value from an Online Job Listing Without Applying for the Job

Most people feel that online jobs listings suck. While we agree that most of your job search time should be spent talking to people who can help you and not on Google, a site like Dayaway can give you incredibly useful insights to make your job hunt more efficient.

In addition to many Dayawayers having gotten jobs from our online listings, even more people get jobs by using the “data value” of online listings to inform their personal networking. Here are some tools to make the most out of your job hunt:

  1. Barometer. Monitoring listings for several months reveals patterns of which companies, sectors and regions are hot, warm and cold. This helps you prioritize where and where not to invest your time.
  2. What goes around comes around. Many of the listings pop up again and again. If you don’t get the job now, you may get a second chance, perhaps when you are better prepared.
  3. Skills-to-major patterns. Read the skills/experience requirements for 10 jobs for your major. You will see how different employers are looking for common hard skills and experiences. If you don’t have them, you need to develop them.
  4. Job title-to-major patterns. When reading the 10 jobs above, you will see patterns of job titles for specific majors. This tells you what’s out there for you and will help you search and network more effectively.
  5. Why the winner won. Take a look at who got that job. Do a company search on LinkedIn, search employees, and look for a previously listed job title. Study the new hire’s LinkedIn profile objectively to see if there’s more you need to do strengthen your profile. This might even be someone you try to connect with.
  6. Shameless self-promotion You can do the above with all online listings. But it is a whole lot easier with the Dayway listings because we categorize all of our jobs by degree, major and clean energy industry (just saying…)

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