Regardless of the field you’re in, applying for a new job can be stressful. Filling out numerous applications and then playing the waiting game is an experience nobody enjoys. Receiving emails stating you have not been shortlisted for the position can be disheartening and leave you feeling frustrated in your search.
However, what if we told you that there are a few secrets to help you find the best jobs and land an interview? This post will provide you with the important tips to aid in your job search.
Be quick! Recent data conducted by Indeed and the Centre for Economic and Business Research states that 43% of positions are filled within the first 30 days of being posted. When you are searching for your dream job, pay attention to the date that the position was posted by the employer. If it has been less than 30 days, you have a higher chance of being selected for an interview.
Network, network, network. A survey conducted in 2016 states that 85% of all jobs are filled via networking. While this can seem a bit disheartening if you do not have contacts in your field, do not worry. Networking does not necessarily mean meeting as many people as possible, it is about meeting a few well-connected people who can connect you with other well-connected people. LinkedIn is a great networking tool of over 400 million professionals and can be key in aiding in your job search. Put together your professional profile, connect with former employers, professors and colleagues and start networking
Look for hidden opportunities. Experts suggest that roughly 70% of all jobs are not advertised, so how are you supposed to find them? Once you have mapped out and expanded your network within your field, create and deliver your message to your contacts about what you are looking for, what you have to offer along with any samples of work as well as your CV.
Here is an example email from Careershifters on how to search for these hidden positions:
“I’m looking for the next challenge in my career. I want to use my marketing, communication and marketing skills to help a hi-tech company grow and reach new markets. I’d ideally be looking for a job in the marketing department, perhaps as a senior marketing manager or marketing director. I’m hoping you might be able to help me find opportunities or introductions to anyone you think could help in finding a role at a large and respected tech company. Some of my ideal targets include HP, Cisco, IBM, Intel and Apple. Please could you email me with any opportunities or connections you might be able to make.”
Continue communicating. Once you have exhausted all of your contacts, continue to keep in contact with them. The response rate from contacts has been estimated to be between 15 and 30%, however if communication within the network is continued, the response rate will rise. Whether it is a follow-up email or an informal meeting over coffee, communication is key. If you continue to show interest, your contacts are more likely to help you in your job search.
Here is an example email from Careershifters on how to follow-up with your contacts:
It is a pleasure to meet you through Christine’s introduction.
As Christine mentioned, I have a background in consulting with a focus on communication projects for hi-tech companies. I’m seeking my next challenge and am gathering more information on the exciting opportunities that exist for driving growth in the hi-tech world. Christine told me a little about your experience and I’d love to hear more about your role at [insert company] and also your thoughts on the future of the hi-tech sector.
I’m conscious you must be busy. However ,would you open to meeting for a quick coffee for no more than 45 minutes, just to get the ball rolling? I will be in town next Friday and could meet you at your offices at 9am. If that’s inconvenient, please let me know what times work best for you. Thanks in advance for your kindness and time.
All in all, as long as you are being proactive in your job search and continue to communicate with your contacts, you will be statistically more likely to find and snag a job. Be quick to apply for jobs, build your network, use your network to find hidden opportunities and continue to communicate. Good luck in your search!