Why go out looking for jobs when you can make the jobs to come to you?
Many top companies want the best talent that they can hire and this often means headhunting. Here are just a few ways that you can get that next job by making employers come to you.
Advertise in Facebook groups
can be a great tool for finding a job. By posting on Facebook that you’re looking for a job, you may get some replies from friends who know of a vacancy going. You can also use local Facebook groups – many employers of local companies will be signed up to these groups and by posting that you’re looking for work, they will be able to get in touch. Many employers also like to snoop on applicants’ personal Facebook pages to get a better idea of them as a person, so make sure that your profile doesn’t contain any content or photos that could put off employers (it could be worth looking into your privacy settings so that employers can only see so much
Create a winning LinkedIn profile
Another social media source that’s useful for getting a job is LinkedIn
. This serves pretty much like a public resume and more employers are using it to find talent. You can build the perfect LinkedIn profile by ensuring that it’s kept updated and encouraging others to endorse skills.
Building connections can also make you a more attractive candidate.
Join a recruitment database
There are many sites that allow you to advertise your CV online effectively serving as recruitment databases. Executive headhunters
often use these databases to look for potential applicants. Such sites may allow you to tag the roles you’re after so that you only get contacted by employers looking to fill these types of vacancies.
Start a blog
can also help to get you a job, particularly if it’s catered around the career field that you’re trying to get into (i.e. a music blog if you want to get into music PR, a financial blog if you want to become a broker or a fitness blog if you’re looking to work in a gym). Many recruiters trawl through blogs, getting in contact with the owners and asking whether they’re looking for a job. This is because blogs show a clear passion for the field and a certain level of influence.
Network with influential people
Knowing the right people can also be beneficial when looking for jobs. Certain influential people may be more aware of vacancies that are out there – these people may be able to personally recommend you to employers. Consider people in your friend group who may be able to help you. You can also attend networking events where people within your dream trade are likely to congregate (if you’re looking for a job in programming, consider hackathons and tech conferences and tech trade fairs).