You’ve given up job searching. You have exhausted CareerBuilder® and Monster® and can’t make another resume or cover letter for a job you think you want. So you’re left thinking, should I find a job or let a job find me? Before you sit back and let a job find you, make it easy to do so by attending networking events, sending your resume to professionals in your industry, and completing your LinkedIn® profile.
Preparing to let a job find you
Posting your resume to 100 jobs online and sitting back and waiting for a job offer is not going to work, unfortunately. Competition is to too high for jobs posted online. Certain sites such as LinkedIn® and CareerBuilder® provide you with the number of other candidates who have posted for the job and their average level of education, distance from the job, experience, etc. Take some of this into consideration before waiting for a hiring manager to call you for an interview.
Social media sites are the next to prepare. You have probably heard this before but either create or complete your LinkedIn® profile. Once you have created a profile, you will start receiving e-mails from LinkedIn®. If you disregarded these in the past, now is the time to at least read the subject line. LinkedIn® occasionally offers one month free subscriptions to a “Job Seeker Account”. This would be perfect timing to take advantage of this free offer.
Help others help you find a job
You can’t expect your neighbor who has your dream job to set you up with an interview if you haven’t talked to him in 3 months. Meet friends and co-workers for coffee to let them know you are in the job search process. But come prepared to the meeting by having a list of companies you would be interested in working at and review your co-worker’s LinkedIn® Connections in case they know someone who you would be interested in being introduced to.
After networking meetings, don’t forget to follow up. First, follow up with a thank you note, similar to an interview or career fair. And second, follow up with what was discussed at your meeting, for example, if you were asked to e-mail a copy of your resume or sign up for a recommended networking event, let your co-worker know that you followed through.
Return the favor
Although you may be in the job search process and not able to assist with direct job placement, you may know someone who can help your co-worker. Networking events don’t always have to be for job placement, they may be for new business ventures or to meet potential clients. Always offer any help you can provide your co-workers with who are helping you find a job as well. Although letting a job find you sounds easier than finding a job, you have to do the work upfront. After a few networking meetings and following up with contacts, you will be surprised what job opportunities may fall in your lap.
- How can I change careers without my boss finding out? (helpyourcareer.org)
- 7 Questions a High-Level Executive Should Ask on a Job Hunt (money.usnews.com)