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Job Hunting Can Be Frustrating

If it’s not companies who don’t post the physical location of the job then it’s remembering the ins and outs of each platform you use to find jobs.

For people who don’t use LinkedIn frequently some of the intricacies can be challenging. I want to address what IMHO is a huge UI/ usability bug that may be holding your job hunt back.

Job hunting - maze

Image courtesy of Office.com online images

What’s LinkedIn Done Now?

LinkedIn is an incredibly flexible platform for posters whether it be of personal or company information or someone posting a job.

Mostly this flexibility is a good thing but when you encounter a job that fits you to a “T” and can’t find the Apply To button or an email address it seems designed to bamboozle your job hunting efforts.

The Warptest POV

If the company name is posted then no sweat, Google/Bing the company, find the sitemap and look for the jobs page for the HR email address or simply phone the company during office hours and politely ask for the HR email.

If the LinkedIn Job posting doesn’t list the company this is where I see the questions and frustrations in the comments.

Let’s not suggest this is any kind of test; proceed with the intention to get your application into the hands of the person who posted the job.

  • These jobs are usually via groups you follow and so, the post was made by a person whose name / photo is a link to their profile.
  • Go to the poster’s profile and the top pane that contains their name and details
  • At the bottom right of this is a Contact Info icon that to the naked eye appears grey and inactive (bad UI LinkedIn, sorry)
  • Click on this box and you should get the contact information of the person who posted the job.
  • Use this information to send your job application (assuming it doesn’t say something like personal e-mail / personal blog).

Job hunting - LinkedIn Contact Info

LinkedIn Profile - job hunting 1

LinkedIn - job hunting - contact info

There are no guarantees that the poster simply didn’t forget to add contact information but keep in mind that if they did, it was a genuine oversight and not intended to make your life harder.

Remember, this is a two way street and the recruiter / HR posting this job is as anxious to receive good candidates as you are to be one of those considered.

If you have a job hunting challenge then feel free to share it in the comments and if you have an opinion on this I’d love to hear it.

Good (job) hunting and remember use these tips and contact information responsibly.

Job Hunting Can Require Some Creative Thinking…

… If you decide to forego the shotgun approach of blindly applying for jobs then a targeted approach may need actionable intelligence.

targetted job hunting - crosshairs

You’ve decided what fields / job positions / titles you are searching for and you have defined the geographical catchment area probably based on just how much you are able or willing to commute but some companies decide to make it difficult for you and conceal their address on the job application or even on their website.

What do you do?

Many of us try the following checklist: –

job hunting - checklist address search

This approach is laborious and since most of the searchable information is garnered from the company itself, if they have opted to leave their local address off the website you will probably strike out.

At this point do you apply anyway or just keep job hunting? Has this compromised your targeted approach?

The Warptest POV

Recently I was contacted by a friend with a list of several companies like this and asked if I had any idea how to find their location.

I started suggesting similar steps listed above but then the word “location” gave me an idea… Foursquare

As Foursquare is possibly the largest locational database of retail and commercial locations it’s reasonable to try searching here first when job hunting:

Foursquare - job hunting

After testing this I confirmed that the popularity and gamification behind Foursquare encouraged company employees to check-in at each of these companies. Getting the addresses via Foursquare was a piece of cake.

So if you are searching for company addresses whilst job hunting then Foursquare should be your first stop.

Disclaimer: companies have many different reasons for opting out of posting their address online. Act responsibly and respect that. Use the information you discover but you don’t need to spread it far and wide.

Good (job) hunting!

Job Hunting is no mean feat…

So several years ago I posted a list of job hunting links to help out. I’ve decided to update it and include some new sites, check the old ones were still alive and kicking and categorize the sites according to type.

 Orion – the (job) hunter with thanks to Microsoft Office images.

Why job HUNTING? Think about what’s involved in hunting as opposed to just “looking” and make that switch in your head. I’m advocating a more vigorous and perhaps proactive hunt.

Sidebar – Testing

Those of you who remember the old job hunting post will notice that some links are gone. As a testing pro I of course ran all the links through the W3C link checker  to ensure I wasn’t posting any dead links and then I reviewed several SEO sites to make sure I wasn’t going to be red flagged for the number of links included in this post. After some basic acceptance testing I completed my list.

Job Search Sites

Many of these sites allow you to define saved searches and create agents to send you alerts to your email when a relevant job appears. This allows you to be on the go with your smartphone and still apply for work.

Drushim

Jobmaster

Jobnet

Alljobs

Easywork

Pickupjob

Headhunters (Placement Agencies)

In no particular order

Pro-tip: some Israeli Headhunters will exclude you if your Israeli ID number is not clearly listed on your CV / Resume.

Tahl Wilson HR

Jobinfo

Ethosia

Log-on

Gotfriends

Sqlink

Dialog

CPS

MIT

Liba

Dan HR

Duet

Hever

Quest HR

Tripletec

APM

Nisha

Job Blogs: Israeli and some International

Geekjob – partners with SeeV and the jobs section of possibly the biggest Israeli tech blog out there.

Mappedinisrael – who’s hiring – the hit Israeli Startup Map also has a listing of companies hiring that has jobs not found elsewhere

Jobsinisrael

Crunchboard  – international but has some Israel jobs

Jibberjobber

Startuply  – international but has some Israel jobs

Trovix – as above

CJI – how I forgot this one is beyond me. Thanks Asher Samuels for the reminder

ITCB Jobs Forum – testing jobs thru the ITCB. Many thanks to Kobi Halperin for sending me this

VC Fund Career Pages etc.

These are jobs in Start Ups the VC is funding usually.

Sequoia Capital – Jobs

Jobs at Giza VC funded companies

Jobs at JVP funded companies – thanks Ari Roth for catching the typo

Israel VC Blog  – VC related blog

Social Media Job Search / Groups

The definitive Israel Job-feed on Twitter by Jacob Share

Please note that the LinkedIn Groups may require membership:

Israel Employ LinkedIn group and their incredible site IsraelEmploy – thank you visitor Alisha for the input

Nefesh b’Nefesh Jobs LinkedIn Group

Open Jobs – Israeli Hitech LinkedIn Group

Jobs Israel LinkedIn Group – this also has sub-groups by profession

Job Hunt LinkedIn Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/jobsfb/ – Israeli Jobs Available group.. Usually hi-tech but not exclusively.

Good job hunting people and if you think of any I’ve missed drop me a note and I’ll add them.

job hunting

For my friends out there looking for work in Israel (particularly in hi-tech) here are a couple of useful links; some of these are actual headhunters, placement agencies, aggregators etc. Some are VC funds with job listings thru the companies they invest in and some are blogs that refer to companies that may contain job listings: –

www.jobnet.co.il

www.jobinfo.co.il

www.liba.co.il

 www.drushim.co.il

 www.jobmaster.co.il

 http://www.zerrem.co.il/

http://www.mojob.co.il/

www.ethosia.co.il

 http://jobs.happyzion.com/

http://www.thewadi.com/category/jobs/

http://jobsinisrael.blogspot.com/

http://www.startuply.com/  – international but has some Israel jobs

http://www.trovix.com/ – as above

http://www.easywork.co.il/jobs

http://www.newsgeek.co.il/category/geek-job/  – list of latest jobs in hi-tech Israel by date

http://b.log-on.com/

http://www.gotfriends.co.il

http://www.sqlink.com/

http://www.dialog.co.il/

http://www.cps.co.il/

http://www.mit.co.il/

http://www.pickupjob.co.il/

http://jobs.techaviv.com/

http://www.gius.co.il/index.php/jobs/

http://www.alljobs.co.il/

http://jobox.nrg.co.il/

http://jobs.sequoiacap.com/careers_home.php?pseudo_search=1&Location=15&Industry=%25&Function=%25&Company=%25&cmd.x=13&cmd.y=17

http://www.jibberjobber.com/login.php

http://www.dan-hr.co.il/

http://www.duet-jobs.co.il/

http://www.hever.co.il/

http://www.quest-hr.com/

http://www.tripletec.co.il/

http://www.apm.co.il/

http://www.nisha.co.il/

http://www.rapidjob.info/jobindex/general/index.htm

http://www.softvalley.co.il/

http://startupmania.net/  – Startup in Israel news site

http://blogiza.typepad.com/blogiza/  – Giza VC Blog

http://www.startupisrael.com/

http://www.thecoils.com/

http://vcinjerusalem.typepad.com/vcinjerusalem/  – blog

http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?search=&trk=tab_jobsrh – LinkedIn Jobs – search by location

http://twitter.com/jacobshare/israeljobfeeds – The definitive Israel Job-feed by Jacob Share

http://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/searchapp/?c=job&cc=1&country=ISR – Facebook Marketplace Jobs in Israel: search

Good hunting job seekers.

Knowledge is Power, or is it?

Early in my career, I learnt a crucial lesson that knowledge is not power. Watching all the greedy information hoarders, holding onto crumbs of information for their own benefit. It struck me as incredibly weak.

Those of you lucky (lol) enough to have read my resume have seen that I have led a diverse career in terms of the types of employers I have had; start-ups, software houses, factories, public sector and big business.

As I passed thru my 20’s into my 30’s and rose up the ladder from QA Engineer to Team Leader and Manager I noticed that no matter the scale of a company or its background if the corporate philosophy was unhealthy in other ways then the concept of knowledge is power (in it’s classical or negative sense) was prevalent.

shared knowledge is power

Early on I realized that this paradigm is a precursor to failure at many levels unless you shift the paradigm to shared knowledge is power (or empowering).

Whilst magicians do not explain their tricks I have always believed that if you know something valuable perhaps how to do something then passing the information on to your team or anyone else shows you as an investor in others, empowers you and empowers those who you share with.

It doesn’t detract from the value of your innovation or source knowledge now that others know what you know as they may add to this or even reciprocate. Furthermore, demonstrating a depth of knowledge or a skill in mentoring others ultimately defines you in a positive light.

SHaring - knowledge is power

During several social networking events (particularly) my skill cloud was noticed on my business card and compliments paid for originality. Beyond the ego boost (yes that too, feeling good is a reward unto itself no?) several people did ask me how I did it and I was happy to explain the process and even sketch out notes.

The Warptest POV

Do I fear seeing emulations of my card? No not in the least. Firstly this was only a customization of an existing tool and secondly if others copy it then I was doing something right.

My real question for myself is what skill or knowledge do I want to acquire next?

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