Improve your chances by going at your job search in more than one, conventional way. The trick is to get to the hiring folks before they place a public advertisement. Proactive job searching is by far the most neglected tactic – and for that reason could have you beating the competition to the punch. Here are some tips that fall outside the usual online saturation tactics:
- Place an advertisement in your local newspaper in the “wanted” section. Most hiring managers etc. are older – forties and up – and those folks are the ones reading the offline newspapers on a routine basis.
- Use your networks. Belong to a soccer team? Volunteer at the local library reading to children? Organize a semi-regular neighborhood barbeque? These are all excellent job finding opportunities. It’s simple – let everyone in your world know you’re looking. Odds are “a friend of a friend” will set you up in no time.
- Make a list of suitable places for you to work. (Make sure it’s specific to your field.) After you’ve done that – contact the hiring manager, human resources department, or better yet, the boss of the company. The Top Dog is most certainly in a position to fast track your application. And hey, if there’s a position available, you’re likely to be the first person he or she calls. A tenacious character most definitely stands out from the crowd!
These are just a few ideas. Spend some time brainstorming – it’s well worth the effort.