1. Direct Targeting – Contact companies directly that you want to work for
Research companies that interest you - maybe you like their product or admire their values. Glassdoor.com and LinkedIn.com are good places to start for information on different companies. Then visit each company’s career page to see what job openings are posted. Even if they don’t have a current opening posted, see if you can find a recruiter or someone else in the company to email to ask about future openings. Indicate your passion about the company and why you want to work there. You can also ask for a casual informational meeting with someone in the department you want to work for. Let them know that you admire their work and you would like to find out how they got to where they are now.
2. Referrals – Leverage your social network for referrals to jobs
Contact friends and family to let them know you are on the market and what you are looking for. Ask them to keep an ear out for any openings they hear about. If you know they work at a company you are interested in, ask them for an informational interview and maybe an introduction to someone in the appropriate department.
3. Networking Groups – Attend networking groups related to your field
Meetup.com can be a great resource to find groups that meet in your area. LinkedIn also has groups you can follow. This kind of networking may or may not lead to a job, but these groups are good ways to find out about other resources to aid you in your hunt.
4. Make them come to you – Polish your LinkedIn profile and post your resume
Post your resume to indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, and other searchable databases so that recruiters can find you. There are also sites specific to particular industries, like Dice.com for tech jobs and BankJobs.com for financial positions. You may not want to post your resume if you are conducting a confidential search while currently employed, but you can still beef up your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you highlight the skills that would be pertinent to the job you are seeking. Include projects you’ve completed in your current role, list your accomplishments and goals you’ve met and exceeded. If a recruiter reads your profile, you want to be sure they will understand what you do.
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