Online job boards make it easy to apply for a job, and that is why they are so ineffective as a job-search channel. Because it only takes a few clicks to apply for a job, employers get overwhelmed with responses to their job ads.
Because they are overwhelmed with responses, they use keyword-searching algorithms to screen most of the job applicants out of the hiring process. That’s why talented people can pitch hundreds of applications into the void and never hear a word back, much less get a job interview!
Job boards use old technology and they are very frustrating for job-seekers and hiring managers alike. There are better ways to get a job than by applying for jobs online. Here are eight more effective, interesting and muscle-building ways to get a job!
Your LinkedIn profile together with your activities on LinkedIn are a huge part of your job search strategy. For starters, your LinkedIn profile will serve as an online billboard for you and bring you to the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.
If you are conducting a stealth job search and you can’t openly say on LinkedIn that you are job-hunting, you can still use LinkedIn as a research tool and you can still reach out to hiring managers to let them know about your job search.
You can trick out your LinkedIn profile with images, blog posts (ones you will write, now that you are starting to grow your flame!) and presentations to showcase your awesomeness to people who visit your profile page.
Your friends can be a powerful job-search channel, far beyond the standard “Are there any openings in your company?” It’s true that your friends who work in terrific organizations can pass your resume along, but more than that your friends can introduce you to their friends and help you build your network. Your friends are also your greatest source of moral support, and every job-seeker can use a regular dose of that!
I happen to have in my hand right now a foam sword that I swiped from one of my kids and I will use it now to dub you a consultant if you were not a consultant before you started reading this story. There! It is done. You are officially a consultant now, and the CEO of your own business.
All that’s left for you to do is to order business cards that make it clear to new people you meet that you are a consultant. It is much easier to start networking conversations about your consulting (even if it is part-time and even if you haven’t had a client yet) than it is to say “I’m a job-hunter,” a sure-fire conversation-stopper!
Cultivating a consulting outlook will be very good for you as you hit the job-search trail. Answer these questions for yourself:
• What sort of Business Pain can I solve for my clients and employers?
• Who is likely to have that kind of pain?
• What will I charge for my services, and what sorts of consulting projects will I take on?
• How will my consulting help my clients run their businesses better?
Consulting gigs turn into full-time jobs every day, and those jobs aren’t advertised because they are built around the consultant who is already performing the work. Why shouldn’t that consultant be you?
If you went to college, your alma mater almost certainly has an alumni association. When you are job-hunting, contact your alumni association and get involved with its program for job-seekers, as well as other programs that will help you grow your network and your flame.
A powerful job-search channel every job-seeker can use is the direct approach to hiring managers using Pain Letters and your Human-Voiced Resume. When you use this approach you won’t fill out an online job application. You’ll compose a Pain Letter and send it, stapled to your Human-Voiced Resume, directly to your hiring manager’s desk, through the mail. Here’s how you’ll find your hiring manager inside each of your target employers.
Not every job-seeker has the kind of background that third-party recruiters, sometimes called headhunters, will appreciate but many job-seekers do. You can find out whether you’re a headhunter-friendly job candidate by reaching out to a few recruiters on LinkedIn and getting their opinions on your background. When you work with a third-party recruiter in your job search, they will do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Their client employers pay them to find candidates for them, and you may be the perfect candidate for a job your recruiter is trying to fill.
Networking is a job-seeker’s best friend, but if you wait until you’re actively job-hunting to build your network, you will behind in the game. You’ve got to start building your network before you need it. That means sitting down with old and new friends at every opportunity, whether that means coffee, lunch or a drink after work.
It also means going to networking events and meeting new people all the time — a healthy activity for everyone whether they’re job-hunting or not. Your new and old networking acquaintances have a much wider reach than you have on your own!
Temp Or Contract Work
You can temp or contract your way into your next job, or you may decide that you like temping and contract work enough to make it your lifestyle, just for now or for a longer period. When you work temp and contract jobs, you aren’t under the thumb of one manager who may like you or not.
You keep learning new things and growing your resume, something that can be hard to do in a full-time job. Don’t neglect the temp-and-contract channel in your job search, especially if you’re not working now and worried about money.
The talent market is fragmenting and splitting up around us. Long-term employment with one employer is not only going away but may also be bad for you — making you less employable and less nimble than the new-millennium working world requires. Branch out and try something new in your job search and grow your career muscles in the process!