You already know how to search major job boards, of course. But what are you doing to greatly increase your chances of landing a job? As many job seekers have learned over the past five years, the most productive and effective job search tactics cover all the bases… and not just the job boards.
Companies track how and where new hires come from, often referred to as sources of hire.
Based on studies that assess the most effective sources of hire, there are at least seven other job search tactics you can and should be doing that will get you in the right pipeline. Therefore, actively participating in these tactics can give your job search the extra boost it needs.
1. In-Person Networking
Referrals are the number one source of external hiring and is one of the most important job search tactics. The only way to get referred for a job is through networking. The problem, however, is that most of us don’t like doing it. What if I told you that you don’t have to go to large group meetings where you don’t know anyone or reach out cold to people you don’t know. All you have to do is talk to people you know (a lot or a little), in a one-on-one meeting. So, start doing this every single day.
Make a list of everyone you know – everyone. Then reach out systematically to each of them to arrange an in-person meeting. As you meet with people always ask, “who else would you recommend I speak with to learn more about X?” You’ll acquire new names to reach out to which keeps your networking going.
7. Speaking, Consulting, Writing
Proactive job seekers aren’t afraid of the limelight. One of the best ways for people to learn about you is to see you in action! Speaking, consulting, or writing provide great exposure and also highlight your marketable skills. The more people who know about your talent, the better because companies often hire speakers to become consultants and sometimes snatch up consultants as employees. Remember, seeing is believing. Give future potential employers the chance to discover you!
Check out professional associations or your university for speaking opportunities. Also, if you have a skill that’s in demand, look for opportunities to consult on the side. Last but not least, if writing is a strength, create your own blog, either on the LinkedIn platform or using a blogging tool like WordPress. Newsletters, trade magazines, even your local newspaper are always looking for guest contributors.
Keep an open mind and use these 7 job search tactics as an alternative to browsing job boards. You never know which door opportunity will knock on.