Today there is fierce competition in the job market. It seems as though you almost have to resort to using sneaky tactics in order to even land an interview! So how is it that some people seem to find employment quickly while others constantly struggle?
One of the reasons for this could be in how a person uses their network of friends, family and co workers. If you are currently searching for a job have you thought about using Facebook or LinkedIn?
What you can do is use these social networks and ask if anyone knows of a company that has a job opening in your field. Numerous businesses post new job openings internally and give priority to friends and family members. Many of these openings are filled immediately and are never advertised outside the company.
You can also perform job searches on social sites by searching for people in a certain field. For example if you work in the health field you could look or follow people who are doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. Then you can enquire if anyone has any job openings or ask for advice on the best places to work.
Before you start using these social sites make sure to login and update your profile. List all your relevant job experience and update your education listing. This way when anyone does look at your profile it is updated and professional. If your profile picture is outdated upload a new one.
Once you have done this you are ready to start networking online. LinkedIn is a huge site and is not just for professionals. Contacts made through LinkedIn have proven to be invaluable for many people.
Go to LinkedIn and look up old university or college friends and see what they are up to. Once you have caught up on old times see if they have any job leads or ask them for information about landing a position in such and such a field. This last method can be a little less intimidating if you are not comfortable asking about jobs openly.
You can even use your Twitter account to find a job. Simply start following people in your industry. Then enquire about openings or ask for referrals. Asking for job advice is another method to use. See what employers say about how to land a job and follow their advice.
It is definitely harder to find a good job today because there is just so much competition. But you don’t have to be left out in the cold. Start becoming more social online and you will discover just how helpful people can be.