My first question is – do you know what type of job you are looking for? If yes – you are half way there. If not, you may want to take a look at Find A Job to give you some ideas to help your thought process before you start looking for a job.
The next stage is to decide where you are going to look for your perfect job and to find jobs that fit your criteria.
Get Social to Find a Job – Using Personal and Professional Networks to Find a Job
Think about making a list of all the people in your personal and professional networks who can help you secure introductions or positions. You may want to put it on your Facebook page that you are looking for work and what sort of work you are looking for. You may also want to place a professional message on your LinkedIn profile stating that you are looking for new opportunities and in what field.
No need to mention salaries in any of these messages.
Make a few choice phone calls to people within your personal and professional networks, just so you know that you are definitely on their radar, follow the call up with a professional email and a copy of your CV.
You may also want to send out a Tweet regarding the type of work you are looking for with an offer for people to contact you if they require any further information or have a role they think you may be interested in.
Keep it light, keep it positive, ask for assistance but don’t appear desperate. Keep it upbeat.
Local, Professional and Business Forums – Get Seen to Find a Job
Just as with any effective marketing campaign – go and play in the places that you know many of the people you are trying to engage with go to hang out…. this may be local forums with a job section, alternatively it maybe getting your name out there in some of the LinkedIn Groups.
All you need to do is simply let people know you are looking for a new role, the ideal role you are looking for and the ideal location. At this stage leave off any salary requirements – now is not the time or the place.
You can draw attention to your LinkedIn profile by answering questions in groups, reviewing some of the opportunities in the groups job section, reviewing some of the key decision makers of companies that you would like to engage with, and if possible sending then a quick and short email, again with an invitation to look at your profile.
To fully maximise your efforts in this area look at LinkedIn’s Job Seeker option or LinkedIn Premium membership and see if you could benefit from these. Personally I have heard good things about the LinkedIn Job Seeker Option.
The caveat for all of this is to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is fully up to date, professional and comprehensive and open for other to view. To make it easy for people to contact you directly without any LinkedIn restrictions – make sure you have included your email address and your mobile telephone number.
Also ensure that you have as many relevant recommendations as possible. Ensure that there are from Colleagues, Managers, Clients, Associates and people who have known you for a while. You know already that word of mouth marketing works wonders.
If you need more information on how to get the most from your LinkedIn profile take a look at this post where we give you a bundle of hints and tips on How Your LinkedIn Profile Can Help You Find a Job…in addition here are a selection of other sites for you to look at that deal with your LinkedIn profile as part of your your efforts to find a job:
- LinkedIntelligence Part I: 4 Reasons You Should Be Using LinkedIn (capjobs.wordpress.com)
- Getting the Most Out of Your LinkedIn Profile (ncu.edu)
- How to Job Search with Social Media (rent.com)
- TLBP5 Make LinkedIn More Powerful In Landing A Job (michaelflagcheung.wordpress.com)
- 5 Reasons Recruiters Don’t Click Through Your LinkedIn Profile (thedailymuse.com)
- Is the Resume Still Relevant? (personalbrandingblog.com)
- 5 Tips to make your LinkedIn Profile Exceptional (digitalleaderslondon.wordpress.com)
- How Complete Is Your LinkedIn Profile? (lipsticking.com)
- Spruce up your LinkedIn profile (thehindu.com)
As you explore your job options on LinkedIn be prepared to get approached by a number of recruitment agencies – you may want to take a look at this before you start to engage with them – Beware of this Recruitment Agent Question
I like job boards for lots of reasons – you can pursue at your leisure, you can play around with different selection criteria and you can see what’s available, what type of jobs, at what salaries, you can see if your salary expectations are in line with reality and can understand how buoyant the market is in terms of what you am looking for.
To get maximum value form the job boards you should:
- Take time to read the ads and also to read between the lines. Read to get past the recruitment jargon. Read to get past the recruiter who is trying to sell you the role and get to the bones of the role and whether it’s a near match for you. Job boards you may want to look at will be local to you and your sector so use Google to search the general and niche sectors in your industry or area of interest.
- If you do apply for job board ads please please please make your job application, cover letter and CV very specific to the job you’re applying for. I know you can pre-load CV’s and cover letters on many job boards and that’s great – saves time and allows you to respond quickly. However, it is unlikely that a job you want to apply for will disappear in 20 minutes so take that 20 minutes to tailor a relevant covering letter that shows you have read the advert, understood the requirements of the role and are able to demonstrate why you are the applicant they should have at the top of their short list, also make any amends on your CV that helps the recruiting company more clearly identify that you are the best person for the job. In a nutshell make it easy for them to help you to get on their short list! Plus, always send a covering letter and in it answer the unasked question…why are you applying for this job?
- If possible get a copy of your application also sent to your inbox on your regular email and marry this to a copy of the job you have applied for. This is especially important if you are applying for several jobs.
Go Directly to the Comapny to Find a Job – Direct Approaches
This is an approach to a company that you wish to work for but they may not have advertised a position. I like these kinds of approaches and so do many company owners – for these reasons:
- They can avoid hefty recruitment agency costs
- They can look at the individual on specific merits – skills matched, potential yet unacknowledged needs within the business…
So, as long as you do your research and as long as your research is adequately reflected in your covering letter, it can be a very fast and rewarding route to getting the perfect job for you.
Your covering letter is very important in any application but even more in a direct approach. Just like before you must logically explain why the recipient should consider your CV, why you would like to work there and why you feel it appropriate to make contact. Please ensure that this is a highly tailored and specific letter. Absolutely no-one will take you seriously if you are sending blanket CV shots.
Send a copy of your application – covering letter and CV to the Head of Human Resources and a copy to the Head of Department or Division Head that you would be working within if you are successful. The purpose of this is to ensure that you hit two key decision makers.
Send your details on separate emails to each person.
Contact the company by telephone to gain names and email addresses, or use LinkedIn, Google, or personal contracts to ensure you get their email addresses and names.
Follow up with a professional telephone call to check receipt of the information and to enquire if it is appropriate to schedule a meeting.
You will be surprised at how few people follow-up and this is the key part of the process. For lots of reason, it shows you are not just one of the crowd, it allows you to get an instant insight into potential opportunities and most importantly, it starts a relationship where you are putting yourself on their radar…and who knows where that may end.
Go Via a Third Party to Find a Job – Using Recruitment Agents
Please read this post first – How To Deal With The Recruitment Agency Question
Here are a few guidelines regarding how to find a job using a selection of Recruitment Agencies.
Select only a few agencies to represent you – no more than 4.
Including one agency that is more general in the roles that they work with.
Select to work with agencies that specialise in your field – they will be better connected and will have a greater insight into what you are looking for, this saves you having to educate the agent before they can start working for you. This speeds up the whole process for you and makes you a more attractive candidate for them.
Over the coming weeks we will expand on all of the above.
In the short-term start using the above channels and remember the first and last rule of how to find a job – never stop looking for a job until you get a signed contract from the other party. A verbal offer is worth nothing.
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