Searching for a job in the current climate is challenging. The majority of applicants apply online, many through job sites such as Monster or Career Builder. However, according to CBS News less than ten percent of jobs are filled through job sites or other online platforms and 80 percent of positions are not listed at all. Developing a strategy can put the control back in your hands and deliver results.
It may sound like business-speak, but a clear goal and the tools to reach it have proven to be a winning combination for many individuals and organizations. Proactive steps that are taken in a systematic and logical way will take you closer to your goal. Your goal is to attain a job of your vocation; the tools are the following.
- Networking. The hidden market, where most jobs actually lurk, can be penetrated by networking. CBS News interviewed Ellen Gordon Reeves. Reeves recently published the book, “Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your Job.” Reeves claims that 80 percent of jobs are found through referrals. Networking represents an effective use of time.
- Social Media. Use social media to enhance your networking. Develop a basic resume, a personal profile, and a brand. Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your brand. Tailor your individual job applications to highlight your specific expertise that is relevant to that particular job. Engage in chat rooms and industry sites. Many employers use social aggregation tools to scan the internet. These tools identify the passive job seeker who has the skills that the employer requires.
- Your Image. Update your image. First impressions count and your image should reflect your professional aspirations. Careerealism, a career advice and job search authority, suggests that a conservative image will increase the likelihood that a potential employer will consider you. Invest in your physical appearance and health. Exercise, eat well and improve your brain power too.
Find the hidden job market. Change a passive job search to a proactive job search. Take concrete steps toward your goal and experience a psychological boost and a higher likelihood of success. For more advice on your job search, contact the experienced professionals at PrideStaff North Atlanta. Experts in staffing Atlanta and the surrounding area, let us put our knowledge and expertise to work for you and help you land the job you’ve been searching for!