When it comes to job hunting, most people know to check the employment guide in Saturday’s newspaper or log onto their favorite online job search engine. There are other ways to help secure your dream job though – and sometimes you don’t even need to wait for the position to be advertised. Below are five ways you may not have thought of to help you find your next job.
1. Approach a Recruiter
A good recruitment agency doesn’t just work for the employer. Make an appointment to speak to a recruitment agency about your career goals and plans and they can actively work to find a suitable role for you. Don’t wait until you see your dream role advertised with them; when you are actively working with a recruiter they can let you know what positions are coming up and even reverse market your resume to get you placed where you want to be.
2. Look On LinkedIn
No longer just a place to connect with old colleagues or act as your digital resume, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to help you network with decision makers and influential figures in your industry. Some companies even place jobs on LinkedIn first so make sure you search regularly for openings in your field. It goes without saying that your profile should be up to date with a recent, professional looking photograph.
3. Use Your Own Network
Whether it’s your university alumni, people you used to work with or other connections you’ve made over the years, make sure that you are constantly fostering and working on these relationships. They can go a long way towards helping you achieve your goals throughout your career – but it is important to make sure that you don’t just reach out to people when you need something. Make an effort to connect with and maintain open communications with them regularly to really benefit from having them ‘in your corner’.
4. Proactively Canvas Places You Want To Work
Don’t just send out a blanket cover email and resume to places you’d like to work – make a shortlist of places you could see yourself building a career and make an effort to reach out directly to the HR Manager. See if you can take them out for coffee for an informal interview to discuss your career goals and their organization.
5. There’s An App For That
Switch has been called the ‘Tinder of Job Searching’ and it does bear similarities to the notorious dating app, right down to swiping left or right if you’re interested in a job. While only fairly new to the scene and currently only available for Apple devices, the app is popular amongst some of the biggest companies around the world including eBay and Amazon.
While tried and true job search methods like your local paper, online search engines and the career portals on company websites are still effective mediums to help you find your next role, they aren’t the only successful way to land your next job.
Do you have any tips that you’d give to people looking for their next career challenge?