Finding a job can be a lonely pursuit. When you're searching for a new position, you can spend hours scrolling through online job databases, fine-tuning your resume and waiting for the phone to ring. You find yourself wondering, "Isn't there someone who can help me find a job?" There is. These four resources could be the key to finding your next position.
1. Your LinkedIn connections
You've already updated your profile and added all your coworkers, past and present. You've also checked the box signifying that you're open to new opportunities. But what now? Sending a mass email with a subject line that pleads, "Help me find a job!" won't be as helpful as crafting personalized messages to connections who might have a lead for you. Reach out to trusted LinkedIn contacts individually to catch up with them and let them know you're on the market. Here's a sample email you can customize:
Hi, [LinkedIn connection],
It's been a while! How do you like [current company]? [Compliment him or her on a recent success or ask what he or she is working on].
I'm actually in the market for a new job as [desired position]. If you hear of anything at [company] or anywhere else in [city/area], please let me know. My portfolio is at [URL], and I'd appreciate any leads you can send my way that would help me find a job.
Let's catch up over lunch or coffee some time soon. When would be good for you?
2. Your fellow alumni
College camaraderie can cultivate lifelong career connections. If you're not already connected to friends and classmates from your alma mater on LinkedIn, add them to expand your network. Join your university's alumni association to take advantage of their career services and networking events. Many alumni associations have dedicated groups on LinkedIn, as well. Join a group to search for members who are working in your industry or in your area. Use a version of the email above to reconnect with former classmates and reach out to new contacts for informational interviews or mentoring.
3. Industry leaders on Twitter
You should already be following the influencers in your field on Twitter. But are you interacting with them? Doing so can bring you front of mind when they're looking for a new addition to their team. When you're using Twitter for your job hunt, make sure to keep your tweets on-topic: Links about industry issues and your thoughts on current trends are a good idea; links to party pics or live-tweeting "The Voice" are not. Consider creating a Twitter background with similar design elements that appear on your resume, business cards and online portfolio for a unified personal brand.
4. The Creative Group
Recruiting managers at agencies such as The Creative Group will get to know you, your skills and your needs, and then match you with organizations looking for creatives just like you. Our team exists to make your job search easier. Contact us and say, "Help me find a job!" By tapping into the expertise of our recruiters, and you'll never be alone on the job hunt again.
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