‘Pickers can’t be choosers’, the old nugget of popular wisdom goes – but recent research and the current situation on the job market seems to be suggesting otherwise. In fact, some of the top experts in recruitment, training, and head hunting agree that the best way to increase employment chances is to aim high. In other words, job seeking nowadays is all about getting your foot through the proverbial door. This applies across the spectrum of employment opportunities, from business, to the technical field to more creative areas such as the movies or advertising. It also applies to highly desirable companies, such as Google, Facebook, or McKinsey & Co., all of them high charters at this year’s Employee’s Choice Awards. But how exactly does one go about getting noticed in today’s competitive job seeking environment? What are the best strategies, the deciding factors, and the tested-and-true ways of getting employers to notice you? Read on, for our strategy and all the steps you need to go through to complete it.
Network, network, network – but do it wisely
According to a recent report by prestigious publication The New York Times, even some of the world’s top companies are more likely to hire you, if you’ve been referred by one of their current employees. You can call it nepotism, or you can take it as the most efficient way to increase employment chances with the kind of company that you aspire to. Of course, the downside to an internal referral-based system of candidate selection is that it apparently works against those who have been without a job for a long time. While it is true that the unemployed are the least connected category of all potential job seekers, it’s not like all those in the work force truly understand the value of networking. All too often, they will choose to go home straight after work, instead of attending company social functions which might help them climb the ladder in the long-run. If you want to get tips from those who really know how it’s done, then look at today’s most successful entrepreneurs – the one category that truly values the power of maintaining their network.
Build strong connections to increase employment opportunities
There is a lot to be said by professional contacts which you’ve been maintaining for a long time. For one thing, they are much more likely to help you find the job you’re dreaming of, then someone you just meet at a socialization and networking event. You might complain that you are just fresh out of college or chronically in-between jobs. That’s all right: even you, too, can increase employment opportunities, if only you take the time to reconnect with the people whom you value, who see professional worth in your skills, and who have influenced your evolution thus far. It can be a mentor from college, or a boss at a company you interned with – the key is to rekindle that connection and let them know you are actively seeking employment.
Volunteering is the best network
The job-finding value of volunteer work is not in the fact that it proves your generosity. It’s that you are willing to expend time and energy in order to dedicate yourself to a community and a cause you believe in. Seek such opportunities in your area, in order to increase employment opportunities. Find non-profit organizations that work toward a goal you, too, believe in. Make yourself noticed and you will soon see new professional connections develop naturally. This works just as well for older employees, as it does for fresh-faced high-school or college graduates, or for those interested in switching career tracks.
Be a networking catalyst
The key to successfully increase employment chances and get people to notice is to network actively. This may even mean that you host a gathering of some sorts – it can be as simple a social event as a Sunday brunch with people whom you genuinely like, admire, or can help out professionally. Chances are that if you bring two people together, even if they have never met before or are active in different professional fields, the shared connection (i.e., yourself) is going to help them forge a new one between themselves. It’s all about linking, inter-linking and (re)connecting nowadays!