In today’s tough job market, finding a job can be daunting. With fewer opportunities and more competition, job seekers must think outside the box and be proactive. In this article, we will explore three ways to approach your job search slightly differently than usual, including networking at all times, demonstrating value, and using the direct approach.
1. Networking at all times
Networking has always been a valuable tool in job search, and during a recession, it becomes even more critical. Your professional network comprises people you have worked with in your career, such as past coworkers, managers, clients, suppliers, counterparts, and competitors. By contacting your network and letting them know your current job search status, you can receive a lot of help and assistance, especially as they know their number could be up next.
Additionally, you should take advantage of opportunities to attend trade shows or sponsored events to chat with people and leave a lasting impression. Ensure your 30-second elevator pitch is well-rehearsed, and think beyond your professional network. Interactions with people at social events or in a line at the post office can be networking opportunities. By extending your network, you’ll have more chances to get a job, and you might even have some fun.
2. Demonstrate Value – WIIFM
Networking is about spreading the word, but ensuring you’re spreading the right message is crucial. With fewer vacancies out there, you need to convince a company that they can make an exception for you. Put yourself in the company’s shoes and think about what’s in it for them (WIIFM). When you approach a company, clarify what you will do for them, how long it will take, and how much money you can bring in or save them. Think about how you can add value to the company. You will get noticed by presenting a compelling proposition, and some companies may even offer you a chance to work for them.
3. Sleuthing and the Direct Approach
Before you can demonstrate your value, you need to identify whom to approach. Applying for jobs online is no longer enough, especially as HR managers receive hundreds of applications for a single job posting. The clever job seeker will find a way to infiltrate the HR department and identify the hiring manager behind the vacancy.
To do this, research and contact the manager directly, either through a courteous email with your CV attached or a phone call. LinkedIn or the company’s website can also help you identify the hiring manager. By directly contacting the hiring manager, you can stand out from other candidates and get on the shortlist for an interview.
Call to Action
By networking with everyone, demonstrating your value and WIIFM, and contacting hiring managers directly, you can be sure to get noticed by employers. Resourceful job seekers who go above and beyond the call of duty make good, resourceful employees. Remember, getting a job during a recession requires hard work, creativity, and persistence. So, don’t give up, and keep trying. Eventually, your efforts will pay off, and you’ll land the desired job.