You know it only comes around once every four years, but what you don’t know is whether this could be the year you land your dream job!
For many jobseekers, job hunting often means submitting so many applications that your head begins to hurt and your brain numbs up from keeping track of numerous applications. It also means listening to uninvited advice from your parents, friends and everyone with an opinion who all say the same thing: Keep on trying.
If the advice is starting to sound more like a broken record, perhaps this year is the time you go out and get your dream employer to hire you. After all, if women can ask their men to marry them this year, what’s stopping you from using your extra 24 hours by asking an employer to give you a job?
Of course, it won’t be as easy as rocking up to your potential employer’s door and dropping your CV. The key is in growing your network so it’ll be easier to increase the number of opportunities that come across your radar.
Identify who you need to talk to
Online groups are great sources for spotting the people who could lead to a new job. LinkedIn & Facebook groups are a great way to connect with your industry peers. Direct your networking efforts so that you land informational interviews with people who are working and will keep you in mind in the future. For instance, if you’re a graduate or entry-level professional, you should contact people who are managers, and if you’re looking for a mid-level position, you need to contact people in senior management.
Email is a terrific tool for reaching out to people in your industry, especially when you don’t have an insider who can put in a good word for you. Don’t worry about the fact that they don’t know you from a bar of soap. As long as you let them know that you’re interested in learning about their company and their people, you’ll stand a good chance of getting your foot in the door.
Prep your pitch
When your emails and networking efforts have landed in the right hands, it’s time to work on a pitch that will leave a long-lasting impression. After all, your contact will want to know more about who you are and your career goals and you need to ensure you can deliver without a glitch.
Don’t lose sight of your goal
Make sure you go into the meeting with a clear idea of how your contact can help you. As the meeting draws to an end, tell your contact that you would appreciate it if he or she can keep an eye out for any vacant positions or make recommendations of other companies you can approach.
In closing, keep in mind that finding a meaningful job is a lot of hard work. But if you are really committed to securing that dream job you need to take the time to identify the people and methods that will put you on the right path.
Go on – take the leap!