Thursday, December 12, 2013

Job Searching Outside The Box -

Job Searching Outside The Box
If you've found yourself sending out countless resumes for online jobs or have spent hours filling out online applications, you may find yourself becoming increasingly frustrated by a lack of responses.
In addition to the challenge of finding work in a struggling economy, the technological changes in the job market have forced jobseekers into using tools that may be useful for employers, but are admittedly a work in process, and are not always designed with the jobseeker as end-user.
It might help to think about your job search as a kind of investment strategy, with diversity as an ideal goal. And the best way to diversify your job search is to "think outside the box." In this case, the box may literally be the monitor your looking at right now. Here are a few tips to get you started:
  1. Consider your personal network! Although LinkedIn can be an invaluable resource for jobseekers, don't forget about the people closest to home. Friends and family may have indirect connections worth exploring, and even small talk (don't forget the "elevator pitch") can lead to unexpected opportunities.
  2. Inquire about an opportunity for an informational interview. Though not offered by all employers, an informational interview can be a great way to build a relationship with a company who may not have a current opening or may be adverse to hiring people who don't match the exact specifications for a job. In other words, it may be a better strategy to get your foot in the door. It is, however, important to keep in mind that although an informational interview can end with a job offer, this is not the usual or expected outcome. For more info, read Fast Company's "Why The Informational Interview Is Your Best Job Hunting Secret Weapon."
  3. Look outside your comfort zone. As we recover from a slugglish economy, we will naturally find the job market more competitive. As such, it may be worthwhile to prepare yourself to go a little outside your comfort zone. You may, for example, need to take a train to work or drive further than you've been accustomed to. Remain objective by doing a cost/benefit ratio, and be open to new experiences. After all, that new job may turn out to be well worth the drive!
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