So you’re searching for a new job. Maybe you feel unappreciated where you are and need something new for your career. Or perhaps you’ve recently become unemployed so the time crunch is real.
There are dozens of ways to find a new job, and everyone is going to have different advice for you. Don’t listen to your second cousin or sister who stumbled into her dream job. Take it from us, the experts – these are our top 3 unique tips for finding the job that is perfect for you.
#3: Keep Track Of Everything
When you’re in a time crunch or you are throwing dozens of resumes and cover letters out every day, it is easy to lose track of where you are applying to, what you are applying for, and the information you have given the company. If you get contacted for an interview, however, this is going to be important information you need to have.
There are a bunch of different tools online to help you track what you’re doing, but even a basic Word or Excel document is enough. Keep track of the company you have applied at, the position you applied for, a hard copy (Copy-and-paste the description, NOT the link, because you never know when it will change or go down!) of the job description, the date you applied, salary range listed, and if you are personalizing any part of your cover letter, add that too.
When you get an email about the job asking you for more information, you are going to have everything you need in one place. As the process goes on, log the dates of the first contact, date of interview, date the thank you letter was sent, etc. It shouldn’t take you very long to set up a template, and from there it is just a few seconds of copying and pasting each time you put an application out.
#2: Search For Jobs in Unconventional Ways
Our best advice for an unconventional, untapped job market is Twitter and Facebook. Really! Recruiters are often sharing positions they have available through these platforms, but job seekers are often only looking on actual job boards. This leaves you with a huge advantage.
Create a Twitter or Facebook account that is just your professional persona. It’s a lot easier with Twitter, but it can be done with Facebook, too. List all important details on the main page so recruiters can see who you are in a quick glance, and make sure your image is professional and polished.
Search terms for Twitter include company hiring handles, job search websites, hiring managers, and recruiters in your field. Each day spend some time reviewing these to see what new has popped up. The earlier you jump on it, the better your chances are.
#1: Have a Dream Company, But No Contact? Light Stalking on LinkedIn Will Do The Trick
We are going to call it networking, not stalking, but it feels a little creepy. If there is a dream company you want to apply for but you can’t find an email for the person doing the hiring, try to find their professional LinkedIn page. You can’t send them a message without being in their orbit, but don’t worry. There is a workaround.
Click on their groups and see what they like, and what groups they are a member of. Find something you both have in common, and join that group. Now you can send them a message and inquire about open positions or sell your skills.
Make sure you aren’t obviously a stalker and include some info about how you found their name on the group or how much you love that common interest. That will make it seem a lot more natural, and like real networking that would happen at a party or function, instead of you being creepy.
It’s a ruthless market out there for many fields. Don’t be afraid to use unconventional or untraditional methods to landing the job of your dreams. Think outside of the box and you will be rewarded!