The start of a new year is the ideal time to reflect on past achievements and consider goals and options for the future. This often includes contemplating a new job or even a change in career direction. If finding a new job is on your list of new year’s resolutions, here are some tips to help you search for new opportunities.
There are a number of ways you can go about searching for a job; some of which are more obvious than others. Research shows that the most obvious ways are not always the most successful! The more avenues you use, the better your chances of success.
Four ways to source new job opportunities are:
- Applying for advertised positions. This may be via online job sites, company websites, LinkedIn Jobs, and even the old fashioned newspapers. Make sure you set yourself up to receive automatic notifications of suitable roles. While this strategy is probably the most commonly used by job seekers, it is not necessarily the most effective, with only about 1 in 10 job seekers finding positions this way.
- Using contacts and networking. LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for building and staying in touch with your network and letting people know what you’re looking for. Attending professional events, conferences or networking evenings is a great way to make new contacts. Research shows that the majority of people find jobs via networking, so it’s worth focussing your energy on it.
- Targeting specific organisations via referrals or cold calling. Do your research on organisations in your field of interest. LinkedIn can be useful to see who in your network may have a contact in an organisation to provide a ‘warm’ introduction. About a quarter of job seekers find roles using this method.
- Recruitment or search agencies. This includes both private and government agencies and job search firms. Identify 3-5 agencies that handle the type of roles you are interested in. Before making contact, ensure you can clearly articulate the type of role you are interested in as well as your expected salary level or hourly rate. But remember – agencies are paid by employers not job candidates.
When searching for a job, you should devote your time and energy to each strategy relative to the likely benefit of each.
Regardless of the job search method you use, having an up-to-date, professional resume is essential. If your resume could do with a refresh, upload it now for some practical tips.