How do I find a job?
February 1, 2012 9:00 AM Subscribe
I'm finally actively looking for a new job, but I don't have any idea how people do that these days. Help?
After several years of being disenchanted with my employer (and now that some stock I was given as a bonus has finally vested), I'm finally looking for a new job. I've been at my current place of employment for 14 years and in the same position (database administrator) for the past 11. I was hired through on-campus recruiting, so there wasn't really any grown-up job searching at the time. In other words, this is the first time I'm looking for a real job without someone else doing all the work for me.
Here are my questions:
1. I know about sites like Dice, Monster, Indeed and CareerBuilder. Dice seems to be the only one of those sites specifically targeted toward IT people. Are there any sites equivalent to Dice in that respect?
2. In addition to looking at those sites, do people use recruiters? If so, how do I find a decent one?
3. I found one opening on Dice that I think is perfect for me and I went through the online application process. I feel like my application has gone into a black hole. What's the correct way to reach out to human resources at the company with the perfect job given that they didn't post a hiring manager's name and I'm sure they have a bajillion online applicants? I am planning to call to express my interest in the position, but I'm almost certainly going to end up on the phone with some low-level HR person who probably gets a hundred such phone calls a day. How do I make myself stand out?
4. What else do I need to know about finding openings and making connections with companies that have them?
I really feel at sea with all of this and I appreciate any help or suggestions or whatever you have to offer.