Have you been searching for a job? The market for job seekers can be pretty tough! With an up and down economy, and the normal fluctuations that occur at this time of year, it can be especially difficult to find a new career opportunity. And traditional job search methods can result in your resume ending up in a heap of dozens — or even hundreds.
Have you tapped into the “hidden” job market?
Do you know where your resume goes after you hit the “send” button? It likely ends up on a recruiter’s desk – along with another few hundred resumes! You can slog it out against the masses and hope for the best, or you can up your chances and tap into the “hidden” job market with these three tips:
- Research. Try to help companies in need – and their number one need is talent (that’s you!). Put in some time to research potential employers. Delve into their histories and current challenges, then reach out to them (a letter send via priority shipping always demonstrates a level of credence and importance) with concrete examples of how you can help them improve their business. You’d be amazed how many “hidden” jobs can arise when you demonstrate your specific value to an organization!
- Be confident. Sure, confidence is important when searching for jobs. But instead of being confident, try showing some ownership of your desired position. Show some initiative and put together a business card and brochure with both your information and your prospective employer’s information. By demonstrating your knowledge of the company, and your recognition of how your strengths will lend themselves to on-the-job results, you’ll display a confidence that outpaces any interviewee.
- Flex your creative muscles . After awhile, all cover letters and resumes can start to look the same to hiring managers. Don’t be another boring resume and cover letter! Try something unique, like sending a QR code that, when scanned, directs visitors to your website. Get as creative as you can – but don’t get so complicated that it’s difficult for employers to find the information they need.
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