Wednesday, March 25, 2009

it's on your radar screen

Don’t you just love watching movies that have a character looking for a job - where they’re opening a newspaper and circling potential job openings with a big old red marker? The closest I can get to that these days is book marking the darn thing and putting a red ppt oval around it. Sigh, I miss the olden days of print. [internet, you didn’t hear me say that. I love you 2. darn it. I think that print comment already got search engine indexed. I am so much lower in my own blog search results! the internet hates me!]

Coming from someone who can’t figure out where her hours are going everyday – I swear, it’s a full-time job getting a full-time job. Do you know how many entries come up when you go to Google and search: job search? 199,000,000 entries pop up and I am going through ALL of them for you, my 27 blog following buddies. OK, that’s not true, but still, you can see how the web can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe we should let a pro guide us…

You remember our HR master and commander, Jeff Comerford. Here Jeff takes a look at two different sites – the profit and the not for profit. “If you are going to look for jobs that are advertised, a great place to look is is basically a search engine for jobs. Enter your job title (general or specific) and a geographic location, and it will show you recently posted jobs. There is also a way to narrow down your search, based on potential salary and other criteria. If you are looking at non-profit opportunities, you can go to a website like This will give you access to the non-profit’s 990 – which is their annual tax form. It gives information like their revenue, top 5 highest paid employees, and the number of employees making over 50k. Let’s face it, if you are looking to make $60k, and the executive director makes $70k, this non-profit may not be big enough for you.”

There are also many sites out there that are aggregators of industry specific job postings. I happen to like my grad school’s online resources. On the Columbia site I can check out media/communication job links. They also have an advertising/marketing resource list that points to more inside info and job listings. Columbia or any college can provide resource lists for industries that you are interested in - regardless if you are a student of theirs or not. Hellooo, it's online. Another example in the media world is MediaBistro. In this portion of our job search, let’s start big [industry/aggregators] and go small. 

Feeling a little Down With The Man? There’s even a link for you, “…there are thousands of jobs listed on (Rat Race Rebellion) that offer people free-lance or direct employment jobs that can be performed off-site, remotely or in a personal office. Some companies even provide good benefits to their employees or contractors. The entire resume, application and interview process is conducted online, or in some cases by phone.” Readers, stay tuned - the source of this mystery interview to be revealed next time!


  1. hi nikki!
    where's the twitter love? a search for the term on your blog yields zero hits! i bring it up cause i've seen a few articles floating around on it... well, i did see them on twitr, so maybe it's biased. here's one link:

    p.s. tried to email you this but no contact info on your blog.

    sharon (indienomics!)

  2. Sharon thanks for the heads up on the link. What a great idea within the confines of digital resourcefulness - Twitter!

    Thank you x 3.

    :-) Nikki

  3. One other thing I don't think I've seen you mention, Nikki, is collecting a list of "dream job" employers. These days, a lot of companies post jobs directly on their site, and may or may not even use bigger job posting sites. So if you get a list together, you can bookmark the jobs pages for each of them, and do a quick scan of them once a week.

    I've had success on a couple of occasions with this technique, including landing my first job here at Columbia back in 2006.

  4. Hey Matt - Thanks for posting by. You must be a mind reader. My most recent post: finally in your element focuses on just that - a dream list of employers.

    I am working on creating that list for myself so that I can more systematically make the rounds to see if something is open.

    Thanks for the idea!
    :) Nikki

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