If you’re currently either out of work and looking, or if there’s a particular organization you want to work for, consider spying on their career site located within the organization’s website. Let me explain. You are on the organization’s website, and you click the link to their employment page. Locate the career opportunities they have listed there. Next, pick any ‘old job with them and click on the opportunity. Here’s where you learn MORE! When you view the opening online via the ATS (that’s recruiter talk for Applicant Tracking System), you are going to click “Apply”.
Next, they probably ask you to create an account (super spies take the time to do this). After doing so, look for the drop down menu where they ask you how you heard about the opening. There will be numerous choices (internet, career fair, etc.).
You’ve now gotten your first important clue about the organization. Say you pick career fair – chances are there is another drop down menu that appears; this one lists all the various job fairs that the employer participates in. What you have discovered is WHERE to meet recruiters for this organization – a helpful piece of information to get some face time with the employer.
Apply this method to all their drop down menus, and you’ve now learned some other valuable information such as the colleges they recruit from (more face-to face), the websites they advertise their jobs on (they might not list every job on every website), any print media they announce their openings in, professional organizations they target (another great opportunity to NETWORK), the social media outlets they utilize (twitter, facebook, GovLoop), etc., etc.
So, there you have it – all the tools for a great start needed for you to become a job search super spy!