The traditional method of looking for work involves scouring job boards, sending off cover emails and CVs, and waiting patiently for an interview. While this is still an option, there are many alternatives that are equally, if not more, effective in today’s encouraging employment environment.
Here are five strategies you can use to enhance your hunt and drum up quality job leads:
1. Peruse the news. Read local industry journals or the business section of the newspaper to find out who’s hiring in the city where you want to work. Pay particular attention to companies that are entering new markets, announcing new products and services, or buying larger ad spaces. These are all potential signs the firms are doing well and may be looking to hire additional personnel to support future expansion plans.
2. Surf the web. Many companies and organisations now post position openings directly on their own websites as it saves them the energy and expenses of advertising in print or online. Discover this goldmine of “invisible jobs” by visiting the company’s home page and tracking down an Employment or Career Opportunities link.
3. Network non-stop. Talking with your family, friends and acquaintances is one of the best ways to track down professional contacts and learn about job openings that aren’t announced publicly. Let everyone know you’re looking for a job and what type of position you’re interested in. Remember that the larger your network, the more likely it is that you will find out about job openings as they materialise.
4. Drop by a job fair. Many regions host career exhibitions at various locations throughout the year. These are excellent opportunities to meet numerous potential employers in one place, at one time. To make the most of your trip, come prepared with a 30-second pitch that introduces yourself and bring plenty of copies of your CV as a leave-behind for potential employers.
5. Collaborate with a recruitment consultant. Building strong relationships with a recruiter often opens up doors to different organisations not found through job boards. Recruiters also can provide professional assessment tools and connect you with employers that align with your personal and professional aspirations. Read more about working with recruiters.
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