Landing a job is a tough job. Everyone has their own job search strategy but there are some things you can do differently to land more interviews.
Network the right way: Networking can be tricky, it’s not a one and done kind of thing. Build relationships with new contacts and stay in touch.
Networking comes down to learning more about the industry, what skills are in demand and following the trends. Reconnecting with past colleagues is a great form of networking, take time to learn what they are up to now and be genuinely interested. Share what you’ve learned and offer help to others. Networking is a process and some people give up quickly, but if you network correctly, it will pay off in dividends.
Reap the benefits of social media: If you aren’t using social media to benefit your job search, you’re missing out. According to Jobvite’s 2015 Job Seeker Nation Study 67% of job seekers using social media use Facebook. Reach out to friends who are in a filed you’re interested in and like company pages or groups you are interested in an participate in discussions. Many times these areas will also have job postings when available.
Twitter can also be a valuable resource for job seekers. It is a less used platform but it can be a really easy way to interact with others.
Remember, social media is where recruiters come to find out more about you, so be aware of past posts and updates that you’ve shared. It might be a good idea to go through and clean our your profiles, so you exude a positive persona.
Join Talent Communities: Talent communities are a great way to interactive with others. They are usually on employer career pages, LinkedIn Groups, etc. These groups can help answer questions and provide insight into companies. This is a talent goldmine for companies. Recruiters can search discussions to find potential candidates rather than positing a position.
Follow others footsteps: There are plenty of support groups for job seekers and some even have in person meetings. These groups give job seekers an opportunity to connect and learn from others. This is a great avenue for encouragement and support.
Another great way to learn is by reading advice from career experts. This will give you an alternative perspective on how to handle the job search.
There are plenty of ways to go about a job search, but these tips help you gain knowledge and give support while moving through the motions of finding a job. Remember, stay positive and don’t lose hope, the job search can be a long process but if you approach it correctly, you will find what you’re looking for.