As a Recruiter, I hear from people who are struggling to find a job on a daily basis. When I speak to Job Seekers, they often ask me what I would recommend they should do to boost their chances. These are the four steps I would take if I were to become unemployed today.
- Tap your network
Everybody knows somebody. Within your existing network I guarantee there are probably three jobs that would be appropriate for you.
- Identify the 25 most influential people in your network.
- Contact three this week.
- Meet one of them for coffee or lunch.
The saying “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” could not be truer.
- Use LinkedIn to maximum effect
It’s a powerful tool to easily connect with the right people and companies. Search your target market based on your industry, and connect with the people. Send them a message and tell them you are looking.
- When you connect with these people, you will see company & personal alerts and get news on roles that you may not find on Job Boards.
- Contact a Recruiter in your field
Senior-level professionals are recruited almost exclusively though recommendation or by recruiters. Research who are the best recruiters in your field and make contact. Reach out to them and ask if you can have a meeting and discuss what opportunities they could provide to you.
- Job boards & CV Databases
Apart from the daily checking of jobs boards you should register your CV on the various CV databases available. Seek.com have one and there are others dependant on your industry. On these you are able to create a personal profile where job posters can directly send their ads to you if you are suitable.
It is pretty easy to feel dragged down by the endless pursuit of your next job. Hopefully by using these strategies, your pursuit with be more efficient, worthwhile and land you your next job.