4 Nontraditional Strategies to Advance Your Job Search
You’ve uploaded your resume to various job boards. You’ve filled out countless job applications. You’ve tried to secure as many connections as possible on social media and professional networks like LinkedIn. Though these are more traditional job search activities, a truly effective career management campaign might include a much broader set of tactics. Here are a few strategies beyond those you’re probably already leveraging.
- Expand Your Networking Avenues
Networking doesn’t just mean going to job fairs. Use professional associations to drive connections. Try volunteer work to meet other professionals. You might even meet a person who can help you find your next job at the grocery store or at your kid’s soccer game. You never know when the right connection will pop up, so always be ready to market yourself (check out our blog about building an effective elevator pitch here).
- Build Meaningful Social Medial Connections
You might have 1,000 connections on LinkedIn, but how actively do you interact with them? You might try sending them an article that’s relevant to their job/industry or recommend a connection who can help advance their careers. You might also suggest a 5-minute phone call with some of your select connections to learn a little more about their experiences. An effective social media job campaign isn’t about having lots of connections; it’s about having strong connections. Quality over quantity is key.
- Don’t Limit Yourself to Traditional Job Postings
Most people confine their searches to job board postings and openly advertised opportunities; however, organizations fill vacancies all the time without even letting the public know. Rather than waiting for job advertisements to appear, contact companies where you might like to work and present your relevant skills and experience. You might be just the solution they need, even if there’s not an official posting online.
- Consider Temporary/Contract Roles
Everyone wants professional security, including long-term positions. A temporary job might not sound that attractive, but getting your foot in the door can be the first step to a longer tenure at your dream employer. Don’t rule out temporary or contract positions as a means of developing relationships with companies; they could be key to advancing your career.
When Steve Jobs was 12 years old, he called the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard out of the blue and ended up landing a summer job. That simple, nontraditional strategy set Jobs on an amazing career trajectory. Sometimes a simple phone call, a chance meeting, or a temporary summer job can forge a brand new career. Try these nontraditional job search strategies to advance yours!