Have you ever asked yourself what your job would be if job seeking is easy? If you only knew secret techniques for uncovering and securing new opportunities, imagine how successful you could have been.
You might find a lot of job openings in the newspaper or in the internet, but chances are, you have many competitors especially if you are seeking for a position in a very competitive industry. So, what will you do to stand out? The answer is simple – “Do what your competitors don’t do”.
Secret Techniques for Uncovering and Securing New Opportunities
There are many techniques for uncovering and securing new opportunities, yet many job seekers seem to overlook them. Stand out from the competition by following these 25 secret techniques for uncovering and securing your next job:
- If you see a classified ad that sounds really good for you but only lists a fax number without company name, try to figure out the company by trying similar numbers. For example, if the fax number is 555-4589, try 555-4590 or 555-4080, and get the company name and contact person so you can send a more personalized letter and resume.
- Send your resume in a Priority Mail envelope for the serious prospects. It only costs a hundred pesos or less, but will stand out and get you noticed.
- Check the targeted company’s Web site; they may have postings there that others without computer access haven’t seen.
- If you see a classified ad for a good prospective company but for a different position, contact them anyway. If they are new in town (or even if they’re not), they may have other non-advertised openings.
- Always have a personalized card with you in the event that you meet a good networking or employment prospect.
- Always have a quick personal briefing rehearsed to speak to someone.
- Network in non-work environments, such as a happy-hour bar (a great opportunity to network) or at the airport.
- Network with your college alumni office. Many college graduates list their current employers with that office, and they may be a good source of leads.
- Most newspapers list all the new companies that have applied for business licenses. Check that section and contact the ones that seem appealing to you.
- Call your attorney or accountant and ask them if they can refer you to any companies or business contacts; perhaps they have a good business relationship that may be good for you to leverage.
- Contact the Chamber of Commerce for information on new companies moving into the local area.
- Don’t give up if you’ve had just one rejection from a company you are targeting. You shouldn’t feel that you have truly contacted that company until you have contacted at least three different people there.
- Join networking clubs and associations that will expose you to new business contacts.
- Ask stockbrokers for tips on which companies they identify as fast growing and good companies to grow with.
- Make a list of everyone you know and use them as a network source.
- Put an endorsement portfolio together and mail out with targeted resumes.
- Employ the hiring proposal strategy.
- Post your resume on the Internet, selecting news groups and bulletin boards that will readily accept it and match your industry and discipline.
- Don’t forget to demonstrate passion and enthusiasm when you are meeting with people, interviewing with them, and networking through them.
- Look in your industry’s trade journals. Nearly all industries and disciplines have several, and most have advertising sections in the back that list potential openings with companies and recruiters.
- Visit a job fair. For most professionals, there won’t be managerial positions recruited for, but there will be many companies present, and you may discover a hot lead. If they are recruiting in general, you should contact them directly for a possible fit.
- Don’t overlook employment agencies. They may seem like a weak possibility, but that may uncover a hidden opportunity or serve as a source to network through.
- Look for companies that are promoting their products using a lot of advertising. Sales are probably going well, and they may be good hiring targets for you.
- Call a prospective company and simply ask them who their recruiting firm is. If they have one, they’ll tell you, and then you can contact that firm to get in the door.
- Contact every recruiter in town. Befriend them, and use them as networking sources if possible. Always thank them, to the point of sending them a small gift for helping you out. This will pay off in dividends in the future. Remember, recruiters are always good contacts.
Now, you can increase your chance in getting your dream job by following few (if not all) of these tips for uncovering and securing new opportunities. Try and see how these will help you get more job leads and land your next job faster.