Do you have a few people in your life who seem to have absolutely fabulous one-of-a-kind jobs, but when you look at a job search engine such as Monster or Career Builder, for some reason, you never seem to find them posted?
Indeed, one of the hardest things about landing a great job is figuring out where to go to apply for them. The good news is that we have some wonderful tips that will help you to discover what career opportunities are at your disposal; even if they are not publicly advertised.
Network. Thanks to social media, you have the ability to connect with people that you probably would have never met otherwise. When it comes to professional networking, one website that immediately comes to mind is LinkedIn. If you know what kind of job you want, create a profile and spend some time on there connecting with individuals who work at companies you are interested in. You never know, a couple of them just might provide you with an “inside lead”.
Send out your resume. There are some people who think that if a job is not advertised, then they shouldn’t send their resume. The reality is that there are a lot of companies that will accept them to keep on file in case there is a position that becomes available. So, don’t hesitate to go on a company’s website, get the contact email to their human resources department or someone in the field that you’re interested in and ask if it’s OK to send a cover letter and resume. Their answer just might (pleasantly) surprise you.
Go with a recruiter. There are more and more people who are opting to go with a professional job recruiter. Aside from the fact that they are professionally trained to connect employers to qualified employees, another benefit in going this particular route is that they oftentimes know of jobs that aren’t advertised to the public (mostly because certain companies rely on the recruiters to get them the person that they’re looking for).
Surf the internet. When it comes to finding certain jobs, the reality is that some actually are advertised, it’s just that people don’t really know where to look because they don’t know that certain businesses even exist. Rather than simply focusing on a particular company, expand your search by also going to your favorite search engine and putting in the kind of position you’d like to have. Perhaps type in something like “public relations writer needed” along with 2013 and see what comes up.
Family members and friends. Sometimes, looking for the kind of job that you want may make you feel like you need to go to http://www.neonsigns4you.com and design a sign to put on your body just to get a company’s attention. Many of us have heard the saying “You have not because you ask not”, and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to seeking out employment. The reality is that some of our greatest opportunities could be as close as our family members or friends (or the people they know), but if we don’t think to mention that we’re looking for a job, they may never share the connections that they may have because they won’t see any real reason to. So, make sure to get the word out to those around you. The might just be the magical “two degrees of separation” that you need to land your dream gig.