We're going to guide you through the most effective ways you can find a job without spending too much time or needing to fill out tons of applications on job boards without a response. We'll look at the top ways to secure a job wherever you live—with a few additional pointers to ensure your job search is efficient.
If you're having trouble finding a job or are just beginning your job hunt and want results fast, this is the article for you.
1. Asking People in Your Network for Hiring Help
We'll begin by acknowledging that not everyone will have a strong network they can count on to help. It doesn't matter how many people you know, you should ask them for a hand. Be aware of any new connections or relationships you can develop to make your job search and life easier.
Always See if You Can Get a Direction Introduction
Consider anyone in your current network (former classmates, coworkers, family and friends) who are working at firms or have contacts in businesses you may have the desire to work at.
Talk to them and see if they are aware of any companies that are hiring. Describe your situation and why the company is a good fit in your eyes. Find out if they have any more ideas regarding the people you could get in contact with.
The best way to approach this is to ask casually, instead of asking for a huge favor right away—unless you’re extremely close with the person with whom you're asking (such as a best friend, sibling or parent)
The Reason Introductions are Always Better
Every time you're able to get a direct introduction to the hiring manager or company, you'll notice you have a much greater chance of securing an interview. You may even bypass the conversation with the HR department or recruiter and head straight into a meeting with the hiring manager.
This means you'll want to try to get introduced to a business if it's feasible. This is quicker and much more productive than applying over the internet and other “cold calling" strategies. This is the reason networking will be one of the top approaches to finding a job and the very first one you should try.
2. Apply to Targeted Firms Directly
It's wise to put a good portion of the time you spend finding companies that fit with your goals toward applying directly through email or the “careers” page on websites. This not only means applying to companies that are currently hiring, but to companies who aren't hiring as well such as Le-Vel Thrive, in some cases.
Your chances of getting a call back from a businesses that don't seem to be hiring is lower, but you will virtually have no competition if they choose to reply. Try to hit a mix of companies at a rate of roughly 70% who are looking for employees and 30% who do not seem to be hiring or do not have a position that suits your experience anywhere on their job postings.
Why Companies Interview People Even if Jobs Aren't Posted
• They might have just been planning on posting about an opening and you happened to contact them at the right time (you would be astonished at the amount of luck that job searching involves—this can and does occur)
• The company is growing fast and they're looking for skilled people overall. A lot of growth-stage companies are looking for aspiring talent at every moment and when you make a point of emailing them even if they don’t list jobs, you’ll certainly catch their eye!
What to Include in Your Application/Email
Whichever way you choose to give these companies your information, be sure you explain the reason that they caught your attention in the email or cover letter.
Just saying “I want/need a job” will not cut it. You should show a potential employer why you are interested in their job specifically.