Whenever I talk to clients or run a job search and interviewing workshops, I always ask about what methods they are using to find a job. Related: How To Get A Hiring Manager's Name The majority of candidates rely primarily on job boards, which is one of the most ineffective ways to get hired. It's not that you can't find a job on a job board, of course you can, but often by the time you apply, the job might be closed to getting filled or has been filled already. In any case, you're one of many candidates applying for the same position. So how can you advance your job search?
The more people you talk to every week, the higher your chances of hearing about that one perfect job opportunity. How many people you know and have worked with know that you're looking for a job? Many years ago after I'd finished my contract at an executive search firm in Monaco, I'd told all my colleagues in recruitment that I was looking for a new job in London. Just a couple of days later, I got sent an email with the perfect job for me and I got hired after my first interview. So how do you find people to talk to if you're stuck behind your computer all day? A combination of networking effectively in-person and through technology like social media should do the trick. Ultimately, people hire people. In this article, I will share a few tips on how to connect with and start conversations with people you don't know, specifically hiring managers.