Are you doing everything that you can to find a job? If you’ve got a perfect elevator pitch, a resume that has been proofed dozens of times, and effusive references ready to talk you up to potential employers, you may feel like your work is done. But there’s always more you can do! Here are some more creative ways to job search:
Make a list of companies you’d like to work for.
Often a job search is about finding open positions wherever they may be. But one way to supercharge your search is to instead make a list of the companies that you would be proud to be employed by. Once you have this list, start with their job boards. If you don’t find any openings, consider trying to network with someone who has a position similar to one you’d like and see if you can get a foot in the door.
Rise above the applicant pile.
When you apply to a job online, your resume goes in the same pile as all the other applicants. But there is often a way around this: networking. Use your professional network to find a connection within the company you’re applying to, and your resume can often skip the pile and go straight to the person in charge of hiring for the position.
Take advantage of a staffing firm.
Of course there’s no substitute for calling in the professionals. A staffing firm specialist can help you with several different aspects of job searching. First, they can assess you as a candidate, from your resume to your interview skills, making suggestions to improve your hireability. Second, staffing firms often have access to job openings that are never publicized, and they are genuinely interested in making sure that a company is a good fit for you.