If you are searching for work, whether it is your first job, or you are currently employed, or getting back to work, it can be a daunting experience. However, the best place to start is the job search websites for not only job listings but for research. Get job fit and give yourself the best chance.
1. Get your CV in shape
2. Update your LinkedIn profile
3. Conduct due diligence on job websites
1. Get Your CV in Shape
Apart from the job listings, most job search sites also have a wealth of knowledge on companies, salaries, CV advice, employee reviews and career advice. Spend time researching roles, understanding the language they use, checking out salary ranges, and type of experience and training they require to help update your CV.
Product Owner is a relatively new role in some countries, plus some companies use this title for jobs other than Scrum. So you may need to broaden your search to Product Manager, Project Manager, Iteration Manager or just Agile or Scrum.
Before applying for a job, research the company on job websites but also directly on the company website as you will get an idea of the type of projects they run, the people that work there, the culture, and you may even find content there to add to your cover letter and CV.
Stu’s Tip: Review your CV and update the wording to be more ‘relevant’. Employers want to see in your CV that you understand Agile. By modernising your CV language, you can show that you were doing elements of Scrum in the past
2. Update Your LinkedIn Profile
You must setup a LinkedIn profile. This is the best tool for networking and is the equivalent of your online CV. If you are new to LinkedIn, complete as many sections as you can, build it up as you go. Include a professional-looking photo, even if you take it yourself. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile on your CV and email signatures. The site is also excellent for looking up job listings, researching companies, viewing their posts, finding connections in those companies, plus recruiters can contact you directly here.
3. Conduct Due Diligence on Job Websites
Glassdoor and Indeed are job listing aggregator sites, that is, they pull jobs from other job listing sites therefore give you a broader search capability. They also rely on user-generated content for company reviews and interview feedback which are very useful. Bear in mind that people, by nature, are more likely to post bad reviews than good reviews so it may not give you a balanced or even correct view of that company.
Most sites will allow you to update a CV and your experience, which makes applying for jobs faster, plus you can also let recruiters know you are actively looking. Setup daily or weekly notifications to make your job search easier.
Below are some sites to start your job search and research. Narrow down your searches to the city where you are looking for work. Also look through each site for the company reviews, career advice and salary and employee reviews.
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