7 Job Search Tactics Way Better than Browsing Job Boards

by Hannah Morgan

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.

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The 6 Worst Pieces of Job Search Advice

Gerald Walsh

Parents, teachers, friends, co-workers – they all share one thing in common. Whether asked or not, they are more than happy to give you advice on your career. Even though they are well-intentioned, sometimes it’s better for you to just say “thank you” and ignore that advice.

Here are six examples of job search advice you should discount.
Bad advice #1:
Find something that you’re passionate about.
At one of the spectrum, you have people telling you to find something that you love and “follow your passion.” At the other end, you have people telling you that you have to make a good living – a practical view of the world. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. If you are like most people, your passions will come and go throughout your lifetime, and there can be quite a number of things that will make you happy.
But seriously, how are you supposed to know if you will be happy as a graphic designer, financial analyst or banker if you haven’t actually tried any of these careers yet? Start off by setting your bar low. Rule out things you already know you will hate. What’s left is a large pool of possibilities. Then start trying them – even if it’s by volunteering. In all likelihood, you will discover that you like a lot of things. And you will also learn that as you master your trade and become more successful at it, the more passionate you will become.
Bad advice #4:
Never turn down a job interview – you can always think of it as practice.
If you are “on the fence” about a job, I see nothing wrong with going to the interview to learn more. You might be pleasantly surprised.
However, if you are absolutely certain you would not take the job if it was offered to you, you should decline the interview. Taking interviews just for the practice is unethical and it will become quite obvious to the interviewer. Your reputation could be impacted and harm your long-term relationship in the market. Practice is important but do it on your own time.

Five Ways To Make Your Resume Ten Times Stronger

Liz Ryan

You can make your resume stand out easily, because most resumes are horrifying. They are bland and boring and they make vibrant, cool people sound dull and ordinary.

That’s because the standard resume format, full of jargon and boring business language, sucks the juice out of even the juiciest and most interesting people.

It’s easy to make your resume much more powerful than it is right now, but you have to take a tiny little risk to get the benefits of an amped-up resume with a human voice in it.

You have to be willing to step out of the standard routine! That is a hard thing for a lot of people to do. They fear nothing more than they fear being different, or stepping away from the crowd.

I feel sorry for them, because the people who can stand apart get a lot more of the things they want!

When you put a human voice in your resume, you won’t pitch your resume into Black Hole online application sites anymore.

You know what I’m talking about — those faceless, anonymous ATS recruiting portals that try to screen people in or out of a hiring pipeline using keyword-searching software.

That’s a ridiculous way to hire people! I was an HR VP and I didn’t need software to scan resumes for keywords.

Don’t say “Companies get flooded with applications.” That’s no defense.

If they do, that’s their own fault. It’s bad marketing. Would you be sympathetic to your marketing folks at work if the sales team said “We’re spending all our time talking to the wrong customers, people who call us but would never buy our products?”

Of course not! You would tell your marketing people to market to the right audience, not just the biggest audience they can find.

HR people are in sales and marketing now, whether they know it or not!

You can reach your own hiring manager, the person who will be your boss, directly at his or her desk. It’s not hard to do. Here’s how to find that person.

Here’s how to write a Pain Letter to attach to your Human-Voiced Resume when you send it to your hiring manager.

Now, let’s power up your resume!


Here are five ways to make your resume much more compelling, readable and relevant than it is right now.

3) Add Dragon-Slaying Stories

Dragon-Slaying Stories are quick stories that tell us how you came, saw and conquered on your past jobs. Don’t tell us about the boring, out-of-context tasks you performed at your past assignments. We can figure them out from your job titles!

Anybody in those past jobs would have performed the exact same tasks you did. Tell us what you left in your wake, instead! Here are two Dragon-Slaying Stories to illustrate:

  • In my boss’ absence I solved a $140K billing snarl-up that would have cost our company its largest customer if we hadn’t gotten things straightened out fast.
  • When our two biggest rivals merged, I launched a grassroots email marketing campaign that brought in $25K in new sales.

Dragon-Slaying Stories are quick, but they pack a lot punch. We only need to know why you had to act, what you did to solve your problem and why it was a good thing to do.

You don’t need many Dragon-Slaying Stories after each past job listed on your resume. Two or three are plenty!

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10 tips that will get you a job with no experience

These days to get a job with good pay as a fresher have become a challenging task. After graduation, when you apply for a job, the interviewer will either ask for the experience that you hold or further education that you have pursued. In today’s market, the companies only prefer for the people with prior experience no matter how ready and qualified they can be for the job. That is why; it can be a daunting task to convince the managers to hire you with a no experience. This can be quite frustrating, but here are some tips that can definitely prove helpful for you.

Make your own experience

As per the research made on the education and employment across the world, it has been noted that candidates who have some experience of working in any company can prove beneficial. Candidates can apply for internship or volunteer themselves in certain coursework like college GPA which holds a great importance for the managers. Internship is the best platform to get at least the basic experience along with your good academics scores that can help you find good reputable colleges. When you apply for an internship, remember, that such type of jobs doesn’t pay you much and all you get is good education.

Don’t look for money, look for experience

At the starting stage of your career, sometimes it may be difficult to get a job without experience and even if you get it as a fresher, it does not necessarily mean that you will get a good pay. After achieving a degree, your target should be to work in a company that can give you relevant experience irrespective of the pay they offer. Even a one year of experience at a small company with less is more than enough for you to switch to a reputable company.

Increase your networking

There are many platforms in social media which you can utilize and get connected to the recruiters who are always looking out for the skilled candidate. Create a good resume and share your career interest on such social platform.

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14 Totally Avoidable Mistakes Unemployed People Make During the Job Search

By Stacey Lastoe

Looking for a job can be a challenging process, regardless of whether you’re currently employed or are out of work. Of course, the advantage of being in the latter group is a little thing called time. Instead of trying to figure out how to sift through postings without your boss finding out or devoting nights and weekends to tailoring cover letters and resumes, you have the luxury of throwing yourself 100% into your search.

The downside to this is letting feelings of insecurity and anxiety over being unemployed take over. You might feel frustrated that you haven’t found a job yet. Heck, you might be genuinely worried about how you’re going to pay your bills next month, or you might be feeling like no one will ever want to hire you because if no one has by now, it’s never going to happen.

In spite of any negative feelings you may be harboring over your job status, you need to set them aside if you want to present yourself as a viable candidate. 14 career coaches weigh in on the job search mistakes unemployed people make.

1. Lacking Focus

If you’re unemployed, and have been for a long time, it’s common and totally understandable to feel stuck, frustrated, and a bit desperate. But, the one thing to keep in mind is that employers hire to fill needs. They may need to increase profits, balance a team’s workload, expand a department, etc. Stay laser focused on meeting the needs of your prospective employers and you’ll be on the road to a new position in no time.

Neely Raffellini

5. Thinking Quantity Over Quality

When you’re an unemployed job seeker, you’re going to want to do everything you possibly can to get a job, which can lead to emphasizing quantity versus quality. Instead of thinking about how many jobs you applied to or how many cover letters you wrote this week, focus on submitting top quality materials for roles you’re truly interested in. Attempt to form connections with people at those companies.

Al Dea


7. Oversharing

While confiding in professional contact about your job search struggles can be cathartic, more often than not you’ll end up coming across as desperate. This isn’t a good look and won’t position you as someone who’s capable and qualified. Instead of lamenting your situation, think of how you can show your value to your network. Save your personal frustrations for a close friend or family member.

Rajiv Nathan


See all 14 mistakes and the complete TheMuse article

Best Career Apps & Websites To Land Your Dream Job In 2017

In this article, I’m focusing on where to find your dream job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a bazillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. As a leading career coach, I even get overwhelmed! Never-the-less, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you find your dream job.

Where can you find your dream job?

1. Glassdoor – In my opinion, Glassdoor is the best place to start your job search. It has tons of new jobs added every day, and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company or location. Plus, it provides employee reviews on company culture, senior leaders and salary information to give you a leg up on negotiating your salary. Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a bucket load of research and reference materials at your fingertips. Reviews.com said it best, “Glassdoor gives you both the info you need to find job opportunities and the context to see if it’s a good fit for you too.”

See more on Dream Job Sites and the complete HuffingtonPost article

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters.com reports that 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Do yourself a favor and invest some time researching their Best 50 Niche Job Boards list. Be sure to bookmark those sites with jobs that most closely align to your skills, passions and career goals.

For example, The Ladders features executive and management jobs that pay $80,000 and above salaries. This site also has a nifty Resume Reviewer which can analyze your resume for key words, grammar and any missing information.

See more on Niche Job Sites and the complete HuffingtonPost article

Freelance gigs…

Freelancer has posted almost 11 million freelancing jobs to date worth $3+ billion in 600 categories including website development, mobile apps, software architecture, internet marketing, and more.

UpWork says it posts 3 million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually worth $1 billion. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

See more on Dream Job Sites, Niche Job Sites, Freelancer gigs and the complete HuffingtonPost article