If you are looking at job boards and job ads in the local newspaper every day, you might think of yourself as an active job seeker; however, a truly active job seeker does much, much more to land the job they are seeking.
A truly active job seeker searches for job opportunities by going to job fairs, company events, training opportunities, networking events and industry conferences. Both in-person and over social media, an active job seeker reconnects with acquaintances and makes new connections, making it a point to mention that they are currently looking for a new job.
Conversely, a passive job seeker is someone who waits for a job they want to be posted, and then applies to it. Their job-seeking efforts mostly involve sitting in front of a computer, clicking through various job boards, submitting resumes and crossing their fingers.
Data shows that active job seekers are more likely to land a job before passive job seekers. According to a report from ABC News, around 80 percent of today’s jobs are gotten by people using numerous kinds of active job search strategies. These are people looking for work comprehend the impetus to be pro-active in their search and not waiting for opportunities to pop up in front of them.
The following strategies can help you to become more active in your job search, land the job you truly want and do it faster than you would just sitting in front of a computer.
Network Like There’s No Tomorrow
Don’t just attend social and networking events expecting to make connections and find opportunities. Take a pro-active stance toward networking.
Create a list of all your friends, family and former co-workers. Make it a part of your daily routine to check in with at least two or three contacts on your list. Remember, networking is a two-way street: Never make the conversation all about you and your job search. Take a genuine interest in what the people on your list are doing and think about how you can help them with the professional challenges they are facing.
See and Be Seen
Going from your house to your car, to a destination and back again might be efficient when it comes to getting around, but you’re probably not going to run into anybody, including current and potential network connections.
Instead, walk or take public transportation as much as possible. Stop into local coffee shops. Go out for lunch. Basically, orient your daily routine around seeing other people and being seen.
Work LinkedIn Like It’s Your Job
Use LinkedIn to not only locate old co-workers and supervisors, but also to investigate prospective employers and career paths. By participating in LinkedIn groups and asking those in your network for introductions, you can also expand your network with a few clicks and strokes of the keyboard.
Let Us Invigorate Your Job Search!
At ZDA, we help job seekers take a more proactive approach. If you are currently trying to get a new job, please contact us today to talk about how we can help.