The statement “The best time to look for a job is when you already have one,” is undeniably true in this day and age. Since I’m a huge supporter of being prepared and ready for success, I thought I’d provide job seekers with four different ways—both new and old—that can help them find a great job without really looking.
1.Attending Professional Networking Events: As much as we love our online networks, there are still plenty of people who prefer to meet face to face. Call us crazy, but it’s networking 101 and some of the best ways to meet people and get unsolicited job opportunities is by attending an industry event. When you are top of mind, people don’t forget you. Stay active in you professional networks so when a job opportunity comes knocking, you can quickly snatch it up.
2. LinkedIn: Its common practice for recruiters and hiring managers to reach out to potential candidates if they are enticed by their profile. Keep your profile up to date with a professional image (no wedding/casual pics with your best friend), a complete work history/professional background and a profile optimized with the correct key words. Do these three components correctly and you are sure to be found. If you’re looking for more information about updating your profile, contact us personally email@example.com.
3. Job Boards/Social Networking: Job boards are a given. Make sure you have the right key words in your profile/resume. Additionally, ask your own personal social network about possible career opportunities in your industry. Understand that this requires some amount of searching, but by doing something so simple, you’d be amazed at all the help you get. Be sure and use #hashtags when asking. And if your online personal and professional network is lacking, take the time to build it.
These are just a few new and classic ways to find a job without frantically searching. Take the time on the front end to let your network do what it does best…help. Testing different methods to see what works for your profession is the best possible way to ensure long-term success.
Can you think of other ideas that allow a job seeker to search without aggressively looking?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Ingrid Moore
Ingrid Moore is the President and Owner of Corporate Resources of Illinois, an employment & staffing agency with over 20+years’ experience located in Schaumburg, IL. Ingrid and her team assist employers with finding the right hire for their business. For more info, follow us on our LinkedIn Company Page, or follow us Corporate Resources of Illinois‘s Google+ page.