We can only imagine that, you, like so many of us, have found yourself without a job or are job searching as a recent graduate. And, we all know or have heard how hard it is to find a new place of employment, especially in today’s climate. On top of that there are so many completely normal fears and uncertainties behind it: Can I pass the interview? Am I qualified? Will I fit in? All valid questions! By believing in yourself and using these strategic approaches of outreach you will make your own luck and get closer to landing the job you want.
Your Warm Connections
During your job search, reach out to friends, immediate and extended family, and maybe even past co-workers (situational) known as your warm connections. These people may know someone in your field that is open to a conversation or taking a look at your resume. When unemployed, I wanted as many eyes on my resume as possible to maximize my success. Some people took a deeper look at the qualitative aspects of my resume while others analyzed the quantitative information. This provides a well-rounded array of advice and helped me start meaningful conversations with people that led me in the right direction. During this process some of the best career advice I received was:
“a good decision made today is better than the best decision made a year from now.”
Your warm connections can also open you up to internal job boards at large companies. We all know the saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” so don’t be afraid to ask around. You are the only one who can dictate your future.
Develop Cold Connections
Upload your resume to LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, and other job posting boards to discover new opportunities. When reaching out to cold markets in effort to make a professional connection, choose people who inspire or motivate you. And, be sure to approach it as a conversation instead of asking for help directly. You never know who you are going to meet, where the conversation will lead, how they may be able to assist you, or who they can introduce you to. Set yourself up for success, make the connections, and have the conversations that help you achieve the life you’re looking for.
I still keep in contact with some of these connections as professional friends! When your job search is over, don’t forget to reach out to thank them for their help in the process. Every conversation makes a difference and one thank you can make an even bigger impact.
Staffing Agency in the Background
While you are working with your connections, running in the background you should find a staffing agency within your industry to funnel you leads for potential opportunities. Some companies don’t post their positions on public job boards making this a great way to receive vetted opportunities that you are qualified for.
This is actually how I found where I am currently working. Be sure that you are being paid directly through your employer instead of through the staffing agency. A lot of the time they will take a portion of each of your paychecks, so just keep this in the back of your mind when having conversations with potential employers.
The world is your oyster though. It’s time to take life by the horns and make it happen for yourself. You can and you will find another position. You just have to believe in yourself and make all of the connections you can, you never know where they could lead.
What are some job search approaches you’ve found to be successful? Let us know!