For a vast majority of job seekers, their checklist for finding a new job goes something like this
- Update/create a resume
- Apply for jobs online
Although tedious and time-consuming, uploading your resume to sites, like Indeed.com, Career Builder or Monster may pay off over the long, IF you are not in a rush. At minimum, your resume goes into a database for future searching by hiring managers and recruiters.
From hiring freezes to postings where the company already has someone in mind, there are lots of reasons why applying online is not a great return on your investment. The three alternative approaches below can boost your odds and dramatically shorten the length of your job search.
1. Resume Distribution Services
If your goal is to get your resume in front of as many employers or recruiters as possible, consider a resume distribution service but be sure to do your homework first.
Most resume distribution services charge to submit your resume to recruiters and/or employers who may have registered with them to receive resumes. Before investing, find out exactly how their distribution lists were amassed, what their fee covers and what sort of guarantees are offered.
A quick Google search reveals many resume distribution services out there – and like everything they range from low quality to pricier but targeted. When evaluating this option, keep in mind that the quality of the list and the ability to target specific job functions and industries makes a difference.
2. Target Companies
By systematically targeting companies versus jobs, you will experience a steady stream of leads. Whether you have specific job search parameters (local/relocate, stay/leave industry, and so on.) or maybe you just have a sense for the kinds of companies that align with your personal philosophies, building a list of companies to target can pay off in spades.
To build your list of targeted companies, consider Business Journal sites with industry news across 43 U.S. Markets, professional associations, company websites, Best Of lists, and local Chambers of Commerce.
Once your list is complete, the next step is to start connecting with employees, recruiters and HR professionals to introduce yourself and get conversations started. It’s important to meet as many people with a say in the hiring process.
This strategy of targeted networking can reap rewards in that when a position opens up or gets created, you are more likely to be at the top of someone’s mind.
3. Examine Your Network
The old saying “you never know who you know” definitely applies to job searching. Everyone knows someone who knows someone – the trick lies in figuring out who.
When performed thoughtfully, smart networking often leads to job leads, referrals, advice and support.
Here are some suggestions on where to go and who to approach.
Inside The Box
- Friends and family
- Your existing LinkedIn network
- Graduates from your alma mater
Outside The Box
With just a bit of outside-the-box thinking and legwork, it is possible to increase your odds of learning about a new opportunity quickly (and sometimes before the posting comes out!). Consider reaching out to:
- Former Employers + Peers
Whether your kids play sports together, if you go to the same gym or know each other in passing at the dog park, you never know what information they might be willing to pass along unless you try. When reconnecting, remember that networking is a two-way street and you need to be prepared to return the favor.
A Multifaceted Approach
Unfortunately, there is no single silver bullet to guarantee landing a job. While your resume and LinkedIn profile should always be updated and current in terms of formatting and verbiage, timing is everything. Your connections must be in the know at the right time and place.
Your best bet? Maximize your network AND your efforts by engaging in a combination or variety of all of the above as part of your job search.
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