Long gone are the days when large corporations and institutions were head-hunting for senior students and following their portfolios, only to offer them a job right after college graduation. Long gone seem to be the days when people felt safe and content with their work places and specialists were fighting for top – position, not to get a job, no matter what. With the recession and the unemployment, many people are constantly worried about their future and their jobs’ security, while others, facing unemployment, are browsing desperately recruitment websites, spend long hours to submit their resumes to recruiting agencies and institutions, all hoping that someday an employer will call them and offer them a job. But how would it be to just put in little effort and wait for recruiters to come for you, to head-hunt you instead of you hunting them? In a utopian world, would it be possible for you to stay home and get ready for others to come looking for you as their next best human resource? There are at least four tips you can try to put yourself out there and make companies and HR managers to come knocking on your door.
1. Become visible and heard
Create your own blog or start writing for others’ blogs. It looks farfetched at a simple glance, but the online environment is the most active and most successful in recruiting nowadays. To build your own free blogging site is not such a big deal and if you’re really good in a field, you can start writing well – informed, reliable and expert articles on the subjects that interest you the most in a line of business or industry. You can also work to build you personal online CV, and an attractive, out-of-the-box template might just do the trick. Another thing you could try is to find online journals, magazines and websites business or industry related where you can speak your professional mind on interesting subjects as a guest blogger or you can just give your expert opinion on smaller, but very niche social platforms, such as there are few things to lose here, except maybe for time. You will need to be original, creative and dedicated to this endeavor.
2. Become a part of a network
No matter if you are active on your own blog or on others, as a person looking for a job and trying to get the head-hunters’ attention focused toward you, you need to be connected. Maybe Facebook is just for fun, but you should understand its other side, the one helping people get jobs and companies increasing their popularity. LinkedIn is said to be one of the most prolific network of professionals and if you’re not there, you don’t exist. It’s not enough to set up a profile for you and just send or accept invitations from others, only to enlarge your number of connections. You should interact with those people, follow influencers, answer their comments, respond to articles, ask questions and give answers when necessary. There are at least ten – fifteen ways of upgrading successfully a LinkedIn profile, but what you should know is that everything starts with the people you talk to. Subscribe to groups, read the newsletters, apply for vacant jobs if they appeal to you and start interesting discussions. They will all prove worthy at some point.
3. Become present
When you don’t have a job and you’re getting a little desperate, waiting tables may not be such a bad idea to pay the rent, while your engineering diploma waits to be hunted by big recruiters. However, if you are the type of professional that doesn’t settle with scraps and crisis solutions, make an effort and determine recruiters to come asking for you or your expert opinion during events, conferences, meetings and all sort of seminars or trainings. It is important for you to make online connections, just as it is important to make real human ones. Many business and industry seminars and conferences don’t imply fees, so your presence there might be beneficial for your future career. You can be active, share your opinion, and make the others get interested in what you have to say. If you have the time, the patience and the resources to get their attention and keep it to yourself, chances are somebody will ask you if you don’t want to take a look over a hiring or even a partnership contract.