Finding a new job can be a job in itself! The good news is that there are a number of ways to get your name out there, especially in today’s high tech world. Here are our eight unique strategies you can implement today to land your next job:
Visit employer websites.
Not all employers advertise their jobs on career sites. Make a short list of local employers that interest you and go to their websites directly to search for job postings.
Make a specific request of your network.
Sure, you know that it’s important to reach out to your network when looking for a new job. It can be much more impactful, however, to make a specific request. For example, if you are interested in working for a particular company, reach out to your network to ask for connections within that company. Refrain from sending a mass email. Instead, send a personalized, targeted email like the example below:
I hope all is well! It was great to see you a few months ago at the Ice Cream Conference.
I’m reaching out because I’m looking to make a career change. As you know, I’ve been with Dairy King for almost five years, but I’m ready for a new challenge. I know that you have connections with Sprinkles. Do you still have contacts there? Any introductions you could make would be greatly appreciated!
In addition, if you know of any job opportunities, please send them my way. I’ve attached my resume for your reference – feel free to pass it along.
Thanks in advance for your help! Please keep me posted on how things are going for you and if there’s anything I can do to return the favor.
Tweet your way to a new job.
Search common hashtags like #jobs, #jobopenings, and #joblistings on Twitter. Some employers have Facebook and Twitter accounts specifically for their career opportunities, such as Verizon Careers. Search for these accounts and follow those that interest you.
Make friends with a recruiter.
Send your resume to an employment agency and request to speak directly with a recruiter that specializes in your field. Get to know your recruiter and openly share information about yourself and your career goals. Stay in touch and always respond promptly to phone calls and emails.
Consider temp work.
While you may be on the hunt for a full-time permanent position, don’t close door on contract work. A temp job allows you gain new skills, get your foot in the door, and possibly get first dibs on a job – all while you earn a paycheck.
Search niche job boards.
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle on job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder. Look for smaller job boards that specialize in your specific industry.
There are a number of ways that volunteering can help your job search. It also helps you feel useful and productive while making a difference in the lives of others.
Transition to a new career.
When you are faced with a job search (especially if you need to find a new job quickly), you may be tempted to hop on career sites right away. Instead, take some time (even if it’s just a weekend) to think about what you really want to do next. Take inventory of your interests, skills, experience, and goals. Considering taking an aptitude test to discover what careers align with your strengths and weaknesses.
The saying “good things come to those who wait” wasn’t written for job seekers. It takes work to find work! And sometimes you need to step outside of the box!
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