I think job hunting is my favorite thing to do. Everyone is looking for a new job at some point, whether it is for an opportunity to grow or due to layoffs. It can feel like you are doing a lot of things but not seeing the progress you want, which can make it hard to find a new job. It's easy to feel like it's up to the universe to find a job after you've updated your resume, notified your network, and practiced interview questions.
The work has to come along with your dream role if you want it to happen. There are some lesser-known job search hacks that you can use to find your next job sooner. You are going to get one of those job things if you channel your inner Rachel from Friends.
1. Reach out to non-obvious company connections
It is easy to get your resume to the top of the pile if you find a connection at the company you are applying to. Senior leaders and hiring managers get a lot of requests ignored on the professional networking site. Don't stop at establishing a connection with these people. Even though they are in a lower position, try to reach out to other people. Someone in an adjacent team or an entry-level role might be less overwhelmed with LinkedIn requests and have the time to chat about the content marketing opening you want to apply to, and can give you an idea of the culture as a bonus. Any foot in the door is a good starting point.
2. Utilize your alma mater
This tip is for graduates of a post-secondary institution over the past five years. College and university career service offices often allow recent graduates to use their services for free, and this may apply to online postgraduate certificates or courses. Career fairs, resume-writing workshops, 1:1 coaching, networking sessions, and direct lines to hiring managers can be found in these offices. If it is available to you, you should definitely check out the option of using a career coach or getting access to similar types of networks.
3. Use AI to your advantage
You probably have heard a lot about the pros and cons of artificial intelligence. There are many ways that artificial intelligence can help you find a job. Do you need a different way to say something in your resume? You can ask for a few options. Are you worried about the flow of your cover letter? Throw that baby into a language that flags any concerns.
If an application has been written entirely by artificial intelligence, don't rely on it to create everything for you, as some companies are exploring software that can detect that. It is possible to use it here and there to perfect your application and make yourself look better.
4. Try non-digital forms of communication
You would take 20 emails over a phone call if you were me. Sometimes you need to step away from the keyboard in order to be your own person. Call the head office to see if someone would be willing to talk to you about the opportunity or the culture at the company. It can produce some serious results. When I was a student in college, I used this strategy to get an internship that I really wanted and was set up for an interview within a week.
5. Use word-of-mouth
Don't forget to tell people outside of your network that you're looking for a new job Older people aren't very active on social platforms and might not see your post about being open to work. If the opportunity comes up, be sure to mention it in the conversation, along with any criteria you want to apply for. The goal isn't to become that annoying person who can't talk about anything other than their job search, but to let your aunt know so she can keep her ear to the ground You never know who might be the right person for a coffee chat.
6. Create content to help get noticed
If you are a new grad or have just been out of work, you may have some time to think about your next job. If there is a way you can add value to the industry while you are waiting to work, consider it. This could be anything from offering to write an article for an industry newsletter to building out a social media page about your field. These are tactics that can help you stand out from the crowd. If you have an example of your passion for the industry or role, you can be the one to get the job.
7. Set weekly or monthly goals
It can be hard to find a job when you are doing the same things over and over again. Set weekly or monthly goals to hold yourself accountable if you find it hard to stay motivated. Aiming to have three coffee chats a month or research and apply to two different roles every week helps you to have something to work towards. When it feels like it will take a long time for the right role to come along, it is important to stay positive.
8. Attend non-networking events to meet people
Any event can be a networking event if you approach it correctly. You can use other events in your field as networking opportunities instead of packing your calendar with recruiting events that will be full of other people on the job search road. Lectures or professional association meet-ups are good examples of this because they usually contain a lot of people already employed in the field and are open to anyone willing to sign up. Your curiosity in the subject and willingness to seek out something new will help you to stand out, and then all you need to do is find someone friendly looking to strike up a conversation with.
9. Keep a positive mindset
Everyone is telling you to stay positive and good things will come. It can be difficult to stay upbeat when you've been looking for a job for a long time. Changing the narrative in your head about when this is going to happen for you is a good way to help you feel better. It isn't about toxic positivity, but reframing your thinking can be the difference between a long day and one where you feel confident that the actions you're taking will eventually lead to the right result. If you need a boost, there is a lot of inspiring content to listen to or read.