10 Fitness Job Search Tips You Didn’t Know About But Should
Looking for a job is a challenge. There are many jobs out there, but how do you find them? Most of us know you can go to the standard job search website and see if a new listing has been posted. With so many job seekers doing just that, the few jobs listed are generally bombarded with tons of resumes. Thus, your chances of getting your resume noticed become a lot harder. The standard website isn’t your only solution to finding your dream job. Other options are available, too.
Here are 10 job search tips you didn’t know about but should.
1. Tell friends, colleagues, and associates. The more people who know you are looking for a job, the more feelers you have out there to help you find a job. A friend may talk to another friend who works at a company that is looking to hire someone in your field. Your friend can provide this person with your name and contact information. Word of mouth is always a great way to get your foot in the door. Who you know is important.
2. Research First, Apply Later. Instead of applying for a job right when you see the posting, use social media to find people who work at the company. You may find someone you know within the group. Reach out to that person for a reference or a referral for the posted job. Having someone who already works for the company vouch for you can be an added plus to your application.
3. Use LinkedIn Keyword Tags. Use keyword tags in your profile to help recruiters find you. This increases your likelihood of getting noticed by job hunters looking for candidates within that keyword or key phrase search.
4. Keep Your Social Media Profiles Updated. Don’t just update your resume. Update your social media profiles to let people know you are looking for a job, what skills you have to offer, and how you can be a benefit to a future employer.
5. Build Relationships. Get to know the recruiters you are working with on a personal level. Offer to take them out to coffee. The better they know you, the better they can “sell” you to the job openings that come their way.
6. Think Outside the Box. If you’re stuck using the same job searches over and over again with no luck, think about other areas of interest within your industry or similar industries that you may want to apply for. By expanding your search options, you may find a job that will be the right fit.
7. No Job Posting? “Apply” anyway. Don’t just limit yourself to working for a place that has a job posting. If you want to work for a particular company, find a way to meet with someone within the company. During the meeting, express your interest of wanting to get to know their company better and hopefully one day becoming an asset to their team. Build a relationship with people within the company and when a job opens up, they may contact you first.
8. Become a Solution to the Problem. Analyze the industry or company you want to work for and see where there is a need for help. Become the person or position that is invaluable towards solving the problem. Provide them with a solution to the situation and they may be interested in your services and expertise.
9. Start Small. When searching for a job, ask yourself if you would be willing to work for less pay, on a temporary basis, or as an intern with the hope that you could move up within the group or organization. If you are willing to go this route, start to look for other positions within the company to get your foot in the door.
10. Nothing is Set in Stone. There is no right way to look for a job. The unconventional job search has found many people (myself included) working their dream positions. Be open and willing to adjust and modify your current job search habits. By opening new doors to new opportunities, you will find the path that brings you to your dream job.
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” George Santayana. Remember to keep going and stay mentally strong. Finding a job is challenging and can be mentally and physically draining. Keep up the positive attitude, the perseverance, and the variety in your job search methods. You will find your job of choice with the right strategy and determination.