Regardless of whether you’re in between jobs or simply ready to find something new, we want to help. Finding your dream job may not be easy, but with a little effort and perseverance, it can be done.
You don’t have to desperately peruse the newspaper or craigslist, because there are far better ways to pursue a career. Here are some of the things you should definitely do ASAP.
1. Update your LinkedIn profile.
First and foremost, make sure your profile on LinkedIn is up to date and accurate. This site is such an incredibly powerful tool when job hunting. You’ll want your pitch to be solid and your previous experience to be well documented.
Once you’ve got your profile nice and polished, you’ll want to fully utilize the site. Not only can you search for jobs in your target industry, but you can also connect with individuals who interest you. Set some goals for yourself to connect with human resource managers for companies in which you’re interested.
2. Utilize your social network.
You’d be surprised how many of your friends will look out for you when you’re in need of a job. Call out to your friends and family with a well thought out status update. Let everyone know the career you’re looking for and the skills you possess. Ask if anyone can suggest companies to check out.
It might surprise you when someone you hadn’t heard from recently is suddenly an expert on your field. Or, at least, they know someone who is. If it means a new connection, that’s good news for you.
Even creative use of hashtags can help you get seen.
3. Go to events.
Whether it’s a charitable event or a professional mixer, events are a great way to network. Talk to people you don’t already know and make new connections. If you can get a list of attendees in advance, identify a couple you’d especially like to talk to. Send them a note about how you’d like to meet up and connect in person at the event.
Don’t have a ton of local friends or contacts? You can also attend unrelated events like book clubs and other sorts of meetups just to build a network.
4. Zero in on companies you respect.
Even if there are no available jobs listed, it never hurts to make an introduction. Check out the websites of your favorite companies and contact them directly.
Don’t know what companies to target? No problem. Do some google searching for companies in your industry and preferred locale, then do your research.
Whenever you find a company where you’d like to work, go ahead and reach out, even if they aren’t hiring. Enthusiasm is everything.