Reports on the percentage of jobs unadvertised range from half to 80%. So just how do you uncover them in order to place your hat in the ring?
I’m bringing up the ‘N’ world early on this one! On this occasion, it’s about the people that you already know rather than going to events full of grey suits. The old adage of ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ very much holds true.
When you think about who’s in your circle – school friends, family, former colleagues, local coffee shop staff, best mates, gym buddies, fellow university student, neighbours - it’s already very long.
How many of these people know you are looking for a new opportunity?
It’s amazing once you start mentioning to people, how many doors will open. Finding opportunities simply means opening doors; just see what comes in.
Talking of networks, LinkedIn is the forerunner for those looking for work. Your LinkedIn profile is your CV telling potential employers of all you have experienced. As with other SM platforms, the best way to ensure people notice you is to be consistent, relevant and positive.
Even if writing isn’t your thing, it’s worth composing some short, regular pieces that show-off your expertise. If you find you like doing that, how about starting a blog that you can promote and discuss via your other SM platforms? Otherwise, you can always enlist the help of an editor or content creator to help you. [add link to creating content when ready on site]
Seek out who’s moving in/expanding and approach them before they start advertising jobs. Send proposals to potential employers, rather than your CV. Offer them solutions to their problems, which if you think about it, what hiring staff is; they have a void to fill.
Offering your time for free is good for two significant reasons:
- Gaining experience in a new field
- Being in front of a potential employer, showcasing your talent and expertise is worth a much more than an hour-long interview. This way they see you in action and if you’re really good – and I’ve seen this happen with job-seeking clients – they’ll create a job for you. Worst case scenario, they’ll give you an excellent reference when you apply elsewhere or come back to you when they do have an opening.
Get yourself noticed by head hunters and recruitment companies.
With the latter it’s as simple as putting your CV forward but it’s worth building a relationship with recruiters as then they’re more inclined to seek out opportunities for you rather than waiting for them to land in their inbox. They’ll act as a broker for you and approach clients on your behalf, which is what a true recruiter should be doing anyway! (My five years spent in recruitment coming to the surface there)
With head-hunters, it’s more a case of finding out who they are and subtly making friends so they know you when their clients come calling.
So now I am talking about the often dreaded ‘N’ word again! Are there any sociable networking events you can attend where you can meet likeminded people? Rather than aiming for employers, meet people from your industry or the one you want to join. Or indeed any events in your area with the approach that everyone knows someone and once they get to know you, they’ll recommend and introduce you to all those great people you should be meeting.
On that note, the best way to have an impact is to be helpful so if you can connect people to the ones you already know, do it!
Also, worth giving a nod to conferences and industry events; you may learn some new stuff and meet people at the coffee table.
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