Getting Your Name Out There: Tips and Tricks For the Job Hunt
Entering the job market for the first time or attempting to break into a new industry can be a frightening and stressful experience for the most hardened of job seekers. However, it can be particularly tough if you are fresh out of school and have an ample amount of education but little to no experience dealing with the day-to-day grind of your industry. The question, in this case, is how do you catch the attention of a potential employer when you’re new to your field?
In this blog post we provide you with some tips on how to get your name out there, so that you’ll be the first name on an employer’s shortlist of potential candidates when a position opens up.
Get LinkedIn and Update it Regularly
Although you might roll your eyes and let out an exasperated sigh at the idea of having to manage yet another social media account, an up-to-date and professionally detailed LinkedIn profile is a key piece of the puzzle for jobseekers. This is particularly true if you have a unique area of expertise, as the majority of corporate and professional recruitment firms looking to fill technical or speciality roles utilize LinkedIn to fill these positions. Further, most HR departments rely heavily on LinkedIn during the hiring process to sort potential employees, manage job applications, or get in contact with a desirable candidate. If you’re not on linked in, you’re essentially invisible to certain corporations.
Although we’ll provide a developed overview of how best to build out your LinkedIn Profile in another post, the basics are pretty straight forward. Make sure to include: a professional and friendly photograph of yourself, all relevant job experience, and your education.
Attend Local Networking Events
Although the subject matter covered at many of these events is often banal ranging from the ubiquitous “ten ways to build your business” to the frequently discussed topic of social media, these events are absolutely essential in getting your name out there. If you’re contemplating attending an event but feel that the topic or presenter is unrelated to your specific goals, please keep in mind that in many cases the presentation associated with the event is somewhat meaningless. The point of these functions is to meet people in your industry, exchange business cards, and develop connections. These events are not meant to be professorial lectures that will change the way you think about the world.
If you’re on the job hunt full-time, it’s a good idea to search for networking events occurring in your city and attend as many as possible. Not only will it help you develop your networking skills and provide you with potential employment opportunities, but it will also help extinguish some of the tedium of ongoing unemployment.
Send Your Resume and Cover Letter to Your Dream Firms Right Now
Tired of waiting for a position to open up at the tech firm, marketing agency, or International Corporation of your dreams? We recommend sending in a resume with a cover letter indicating that you are interested in a position at the company, regardless of whether or not a job opening has been posted. Although it’s important not to sound too cloying or obsessive in your cover letter, you should include a message about how you are a fan of the company and would greatly appreciate the chance to work with them at some point in time. Sending in a resume and cover letter early is a positive strategy for a number of reasons. First, it puts you on the employer’s radar. Second, it shows that you are uniquely interested in that particular firm. Finally, it shows a level of initiative that the employer will find attractive.
For more tips and tricks on how to make the job seeking process easier, please read more tips and tricks on our blog.
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