Finding a Job in 1-2-3
As a recent grad, I’m tempted to throw a bunch of resumes to potential employers out there and see what sticks. As a Career Girl and business woman, I know better. When you’re unemployed and anxious to find work, it’s easy to get so caught up in applying for anything, that sometimes you find nothing. A real job search should be targeted and goal oriented, with lots of help along the way. If you’re looking to change positions or have recently found yourself out of work, you can get started finding a job in 1-2-3.
1. Reach Out to Your Network
Your personal and professional network is two great places to start your job search. Try reaching out to those directly related to the field you’re pursuing; maybe they currently work at a company you’re interested in, or have their own great personal network within your desired industry. Another option is to ask whether your contacts have contacts – sometimes you have to dig a little bit. This is where social networks come in handy; places like Facebook or Linkedin allow you to view your friends “friends” to see whether any introductions can be made. Don’t be shy about asking for help!
2. Contact HR
Although many positions these days are filled through word of mouth, there are still plenty available for the general public to see and apply for. While most require you submit an application through their online (or in person) system, go a step further and contact Human Resources. If you’re able to find out who posted a certain job or who’s doing the hiring for it, forward them your Resume once you’ve turned in your application. With so many people applying for the same position, it’s possible to be looked over. Get a (potentially) better chance of being reviewed and getting an interview by going straight to the source.
3. Try a Different Approach
No one wants a position that doesn’t interest them or pays less than they’d like, but paying your dues really can work. If you’re set on a certain company or position, try taking another opportunity at the same place or working in a related field. If you can’t get exactly what you want right now, work up to it. Once you’ve gained employment at a company, even if it’s not your ideal job, you can often move through ranks and divisions to find the perfect fit. You’ll gain valuable contacts and will often get considered for new positions before external applicants.
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