Let’s admit it, finding a job in today’s market is progressively becoming hard, even harder in landing at a job that excites you the most. And it isn’t your fault – the professional world is getting tougher as it was decades ago, and your counterparts are getting more and more competitive in a sea of crackerjacks. In fact, many professionals are going down the economic ladder, and as bitter as it sounds, it isn’t really the lack of opportunities to be blamed. Sometimes, it’s all about how we market ourselves.
Gaining meaningful employment isn’t really an impossible feat. With the right skills and the right attitude, the only thing left for you to do is to network yourself successfully to the right decision makers — recruitment managers at that. If you are a freelancer or a virtual assistant seeking to get a stable job from a company you look up to, then this article is for you. Here’s a list of a few networking hacks proven to grab the attention of your ideal employers.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn — don’t just use them to stalk your friends list, or tweet about what you’re cooking for dinner. Make the most of these power platforms to expand your network and get connected to position holders. LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking service, can help you connect to recruitment managers, talent scouts, and even CEOs. Make the most of it and build your profile professionally. LinkedIn is a great platform to showcase your competencies and professional experiences, so don’t miss the chance. Share valuable content every so often, and engage! Who knows when you will be getting a profile view and an application invite? Politely get in touch with your new connects, endorse them, but never annoy them with unending hellos.
Now this is a great time to put your stalking skills to good use. List a few of your target employers and follow them on social media, subscribe to their channels and email lists, and keep yourself informed with company updates if possible. Not only will this help you get a glimpse of their orientation and culture, this will also be a chance for you to contemplate on whether you and your dream company share the same values. Would you want to work for an employer who isn’t aligned with your principles? The goal here is to get a job you would be happy to work for as there is a big difference between a job that pays and a job that fulfills you. Always choose the latter.
Networking opens doors like a shot, so seize it! An introduction is always better than a cold email, so use your grown network to your advantage. Be acquainted with the people who work for the companies you listed, and you’ll be surprised when they get in touch with you for a recent opening. How can you make them remember you? Engagement is the key. Flood their notifications with likes, comments, and shares; and they will most likely check out your profile sooner or later. Do not overdo it though. Make sure each move is genuine and sincere.
A detailed resume is ideal, but showing what you can do is way better than telling. Prepare a portfolio that contains your samples, previous work, etc., and come up with a proposal that is hard to resist. Do some research and identify where you can bring value the most. For instance, if you are a copywriter, try to check out their sales copies and provide offerings on how you would be able to level up their campaigns. “This is what I can do for you,” should be your front line when presenting yourself to the company you are aiming for.
When the application process is over, don’t be shy to check in after a few days. Persistence can go a long way.
Getting your dream job takes some real effort. Just be patient and clever, and things shall go your way in time. Doing these hacks only means you mean business and there is no way you’re going to let your resume sit on the desk while others are playing it hard to get the job. Stay competitive and use networking as your tool to get you to the right people. Remember, it pays to be skilled, but it pays better to play it smart.