The way we job search and interact with each other to find opportunities using online or offline methods is changing; there are many roadblocks to finding success. In the job search persistence is worth its weight in gold. You may have already done a number of job searches online and that’s a good start. Apply directly on the company’s website and an executive recruiter can get back to you directly via e-mail or phone. Maybe you’ve already applied to dozens of online sites and haven’t received any responses or you’ve received many offers to interview but haven’t landed the job. You will deal with a lot of rejection on a daily basis but keep your chin up. If you were about to throw in the towel don’t just yet wait until you’ve tried some of the following tips to revamping your job search.
Recruiters are an invaluable resource for just about any job seeker and especially if you are a highly skilled worker with skills that are company specific. Recruiters have active job openings that must be filled in a certain time frame. These active job openings are many times not advertised publicly so you will have a better chance of showcasing your talents above the noise of a thousand applications. Contact recruiters periodically to keep abreast of current job openings in your field. Many recruiters work primarily and only in certain fields such as Information Technology or Chemical Engineering. While others may work on many openings as is the case with staffing firms that have general openings in all fields such as sales and management. Recruiters know other recruiters so don’t be shy about asking about job openings in your field of work.
Have you ever watched “The Apprentice”? Like an apprentice the intern may be paid or unpaid. Offering to perform a free Internship will provide you with the skills you need to beat the competition. And who knows if you are able to ‘wow’ the employer you may have a job offer on the table when the internship has been completed.
3. Career Services
Recent graduates and prospective graduates alike have the opportunity to build relationships and job proposals through free on-campus job fairs offered by their college or university. Remember companies pay to be there and are looking for you so put your best foot forward and make some contacts. Placement with certain companies that are a part of the alumni of your college can be something to look into and make a part of your job search portfolio. Paid services such as hiring a career coach may be an option if you can afford one and need help refining your interview and presentation etiquette as well as your resume.
4. Peer Referrals
The best way if any to get the job is through a peer referral. Your family and friends is the number one tool in your arsenal to finding a career besides your level of experience and schooling. They have already built trust and have experience or seniority within the company they are currently working for. Their referral gives you a leg up. I’ve tried it using a referral from one of my family members and got the job on the spot. The advantage with peer referrals is that the people in your network your family and friends know of job openings in the company they work for before anyone else knows about it; before it is advertised or given to a recruiter to source candidates.
5. Social networking
Social media is still going strong and with the advent of the ‘apply via’ LinkedIn or Facebook buttons separate your social profile from your professional social profile to give recruiters and employers a positive and expert view of you. If using twitter subscribe to professional recruiters timelines and send them a personal message of your interest in available positions. Social networks also have job openings posted on their site such as Branch Out on Facebook which lets you pinpoint companies by how much associates you know within the company. You can also search LinkedIn. Niche sites such as Mashable posts job openings that are specific to social media and marketing.