Job applicants often get frustrated as they do not get interview calls or job offers in spite of repeated tries. The reason for this is often failing to use the right approach. A recent finding of ‘Jobvite’ (a global provider of social recruiting software) reveals that those who apply through proper referrals are 15 times more likely to get hired for the job than those who apply through a job board.
About 80% of the recruiters too agree that the best way to get quality hires is through referrals. This makes abundantly clear that suitable networking plays a paramount role in job search. It means that, as a job seeker, you need to develop wide contacts with people who already work at your dream companies.
The social networking site ‘LinkedIn’ offers tremendous opportunities to get connected with professionals in your field. You can get information from such contacts, specifying the kind of job that you are aiming at, about their organization and about their role in the organization. Once they come to know about your abilities, they will be happy to refer your name to their organization, as many companies offer referral bonuses to their employees.
Also, spread the word amongst your friends and family members that you are looking for a job. Seek their assistance in getting connected to anyone who can help you in finding the right job. Be persistent and do not give up easily. Do not underestimate the power of connectivity; you never know how it can open up an awesome opportunity for you.
You need to do good homework before plunging head-on into job search. Being well prepared is the most important part of job hunting. This includes developing the right skills, researching before the job search and preparing a well-drafted CV along with the covering letter.
Following are some more strategies that can greatly facilitate your job search efforts:
- Professional Organizations in Your Field: It greatly helps to establish contacts with local, regional and national organizations or associations representing your field of specialization. Most of them post availability of field-specific jobs on their websites or other printed publications. You can also start participating in their events in order to widen your contacts in your area of interest.
- Company Websites: Take time to visit the websites of the companies that you are interested in. Several companies post the job openings on their own websites under Jobs or Career Opportunities link.
- Job Fairs: It is common to hold Industry-specific job fairs seasonally at important cities these days. Many of them are sponsored by educational institutions, industries and prominent employers. These fairs offer good opportunities for job search to fresh graduates as well as to experienced job seekers.
- Use the Services of Placement Agencies and Consultancies: These agencies have good contacts with most of the employers in your area. They can be of great help in finding the right job for you. Mostly they offer their services for free as they get their commission from the prospective employers and not from the job seekers.
- Direct Approach: It is also effective to send your CV with a well-written covering letter directly to the Recruiter or the HR Department of the company you are interested in. You might need to do some research to find out the right contact person.
As mentioned above, there are diverse ways to hunt for a suitable job. The more the opportunities you try to tap, the more will be your chances of success in finding the right job for you.