4 Fresh Job-Search Tips You Haven’t Yet Tried
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Are you an experienced job seeker looking to change careers? If you have a perfect CV with impressive skills looking for a new job will be hectic but here is a secret:
You’ll need to use some lesser known job search tactics as follows:
Turn a rejection into an offer
Sounds like a head scratcher, doesn’t it? If a company went through the trouble of interviewing you through multiple rounds just to reject you, how could you turn this setback into a success?
If a company has invested time, money and energy digging into your background and interviewing you multiple times, then you must have impressed them. Just because they found a “better fit” candidate, don’t let rejection cause you to think you were not an equally qualified candidate.
Instead, thank the recruiter for their time and ask what other positions are open at the company. You can use that as a chance to build a relationship with someone that can push your professional brand to companies on your behalf.
Check out career paths of previous employees
Sometimes its hard finding your dream job if you haven’t yet had the dream. If you are short on ideas of companies that are hiring for your skill set, leverage LinkedIn. Rather than simply searching through its database for “marketing jobs” or “accounting,” look up specific people who landed roles at your ideal employer.
This not only gives you new leads on employers, but it also provides insight as to what types of candidate profiles impress your ideal employers.
For an added edge, try reaching out to those past employees for insight into the company culture, advice on landing an interview or even a warm introduction to their previous employer.
Attend industry events
Career Fairs can be rough! Candidates line up to pitch themselves… and there you are, hoping to at least making a memorable impression.
Show your ideal company you are serious about working for them by attending other industry events other than the standard recruitment events.
Is your desired company holding a public event to launch a new product? Are they sponsoring a local organizational event?
Attending industry events beyond your typical career fair will not only cut down your competition, but you’ll also glean more insight into your desired company’s values, brand and culture… things you will need to nail in an in-person interview to make sure they see you as a “good fit.”
More fresh job search tips that job seekers haven’t tried
Join a professional association
Associations are a great way to leverage a team of outside resources for your job search. Associations typically have great tools like job boards, tradeshows, business articles, advanced training and other good resources to provide access to potential careers that you have never come across otherwise.
The best part is there is an association for virtually every industry you can imagine. Find the one for you and you will be able to stay abreast with. If you’re an industry expert, sign up to speak at a panel or seminars. This can be an impressive CV booster to a recruiter.
You will meet and grow relationships with leagues of talented individuals and help support each other with your career goals. (Of course, as with any great relationship, the more you give, the more you get back. Be sure to be a value in return!)
Remember, it’s not only who you know, but who knows you… and these types of connections are more likely than anyone else to send you an email one day announcing: “Hey, I came across the perfect position for you.”
Employ these alternative strategies to your career search and you will almost certainly open up a plethora of new opportunities to lead to your dream job.