In our technologically advanced world, there are more and more ways to be job searching. Although email and craigslist are your go-to searching techniques, it’s important that you employ a variety of tactics. This ensures that you are getting a complete view of your job options and reaching every employer possible.
“You’ve posted your resume online and are submitting resumes and cover letters for all the job openings that seem to fit you. Is there anything else you can do to look for a job? Absolutely! In fact, the more diverse your job-hunting strategy, the more effective it’s likely to be.”
LinkedIn is a great static resume to have online. With your qualifications clearly listed, you’re available for anyone and everyone. However, LinkedIn can provide a number of other job hunting opportunities that differ from any other medium you may be using.
- Groups: LinkedIn has over 500,000 groups you can join that already have a large amount of members. Within these groups people post jobs, ask for advice or suggest topics to be discussed. This is a great way to jump on a job before it’s posted somewhere else online. With email notifications, you’ll be on-top of your LinkedIn job search.
- Job directory: Tweak your resume and LinkedIn info while you search for jobs. You can search within connections as well, giving you the opportunity to take advantage of networking you’ve already done.
Although Twitter is seen as platform for business marketing and casual conversation, it’s actually a valuable tool for job searching. Getting the job you want is all about networking, and what better way to network than through Twitter. There are a number of tactics you should utilize.
- Who you follow: Be sure that you’re following the right people. This means, following companies you would love to work for, professionals in the field, job search engines, etc. You’ll get up-to-the-minute job opportunities.
- Tweeting it out: Go ahead, tell everyone you’re looking. The Twitterverse is one big community, and you never know who will end up seeing that Tweet. Consider directly tweeting a company that you want to work for; worse comes to worse, they don’t respond.
- Let visitors know: The about me area of your Twitter profile is the perfect spot to announce you’re on the hunt for a position. Be sure to include what you do, any titles you have, what you want and how to contact you. It can be as simple as, “Professional blogger, owner of iwantajob.com, looking for a writing position – Tweet me!”
Secure An Informational Interview
Although your job search is about getting actual interviews, it can be helpful to get yourself an informational interview or meeting. What is an informational interview? According to Quintcareers.com, “An informational interview involves talking with people who are currently working
in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or industry — and to build a network of contacts in that field.” So, how does this work for you?
- Email a point of contact at the company you’d like to work, and ask outright.
- During the meeting, ask about their success story, their advice, potential pitfalls, etc. Take time beforehand to come up with an extensive list of questions – you want to take advantage of this opportunity.
- Follow up afterward. Thank them for taking the time to talk with you, and express your interest in a position if it should come available.
Diversifying your job search will expand your view of the job world. In an under-employed society, it’s important that you are seeing all your options, instead of sticking with the same old sites. Taking your job search off the beaten path may lead to you to a position you would otherwise never find.