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Upward and Onward: 7 Best Ways to Land Your Next Job
31 Dec 2018Posted in ⟨For Learners⟩
Looking for a new job can be an exhausting and discouraging task, especially seeing that the majority of them are not even
advertised! But it doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom as there are many things that you can do to increase your chances
From leveraging the power of a LinkedIn community to focussing on your personal development, here are 7 tips to help you
land your next job and move upwards and onwards in your career.
1. Tap into your network
The first thing that you need to do is dive into your own network of friends and professional contacts. People are always
willing to help out, so make a list of everyone that you know and tell those who may be able to help you out that you are
looking for a new job. While the people in your network may not personally know of an available position, they may know
someone who does. Hiring managers generally tend to look more favourably towards their own employees’ social networks as
a referral is akin to an endorsement of a candidate’s abilities.
2. Polish your LinkedIn profile
According to Liz Ryan, the founder of the Human Workplace, LinkedIn is one of the most important portals of communication
for job seekers as it is practically your online billboard. Given that many recruiters now turn to LinkedIn to discover
new talents and research job candidates, it is essential that you polish your profile to the tee. It should have a descriptive
headline, a professional photo, an engaging profile summary, a complete work history, recommendations and keywords that
enable recruiters to discover you through LinkedIn’s search function. In addition, you should be adding new connections
every week to expand your LinkedIn network. Why? Because the more people whom you are connected with in your LinkedIn network,
the more visible you will be on the platform.
3. Join a LinkedIn community
Once you’ve polished up your LinkedIn profile, head over to a LinkedIn community group. With 2 million+ groups to choose
from, each based on location, profession and industry, there is a LinkedIn community out there waiting for you. While you
won’t land a job just from joining a group, partaking in group discussions and learning from other group members will expose
you to new opportunities and help you to expand your LinkedIn network.
4. Meet people at events
Although social media presents some enticing opportunities to further your career, there’s just no substitute for meeting
people the good old fashion way: face-to-face. Face-to-face
communication enables you to engage with people beyond the limitation of words and one inspiring interaction can
leave an impression that is far more powerful than an entire thread of conversation via social media. It is because of this
that trade fairs, conferences, events and workshops have been a popular way to meet people in the past and present. If you’re
a shy person, they can also be a great way to focus on your personal development by pushing yourself outside of your comfort
zone in an environment where people naturally want to meet new people.
5. Contact headhunters and recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies are particularly useful for those who are seeking entry-level positions, while headhunters are well-suited
to those who possess a few years of experience. It’s especially handy to befriend several consultants as they are always
in the know of the unadvertised jobs, and by the nature of their work, possess an expansive professional network. If you
decide to work with a headhunter or recruitment agency, ensure that they clearly understand your career goals and that the
both of you are on the same wavelength.
6. Uplevel your skills
Although it may seem counterintuitive, one of the best things that you can do when searching for a new job is to look inwards
to your own personal development rather than looking outwards at what jobs are available. Scan through the job description
of a position that you desire and you will find a list of requirements that the employer is looking for. Whether it is
being adaptable to change,
having an enterprising approach,
communicating with teams effectively,
problem solving or
presentation skills, identify the areas in which you are lacking, then take some
courses to make up for it. Studying and gaining accreditation in topics that an employer is looking for will make
you a more suitable fit for the position. In addition, you will have some new knowledge and skills up your sleeve to help
you work more efficiently and effectively in your next job!
7. Research the hiring manager
If you manage to land an interview, then the best thing that you can do is to research the hiring manager. Head to their
LinkedIn and social media profiles to learn about their current role, professional background and if possible, their side-interests.
The more that you know about them, the better you will be able to position yourself in the interview and build rapport with