There is a lot of great information available on the job search process. I am knowledgeable (or at least well read) in this space, but by no means an expert. As such, this post isn’t intended to be an exhaustive synopsis of how to find your dream job.
With that said, one thing I feel comfortable saying is that (beyond good references and a strong, relevant work history) the single most important component to conducting a job search today is making sure an actual, 1. Thanks to David Yung for sharing this article with me the other day.attentive person looks at your resume. 1 The modern job application process frequently involves applicant tracking systems (ATS) designed to allow for the largest possible number of applicants to apply. This means that the odds of your resume being seen by an actual person if you apply via an ATS are not 2. There are some things you can do to game applicant tracking systems (even generating alerts that you’re a high quality candidate if the recruiting team has the right ATS (and appropriate triggers set up), but that’s a topic for another day.typically going to be great. 2
Keeping this in mind, below are a few things that candidates have done to get my attention as it concerns expressing interest in a particular job and/or general opportunities.
Reaching out via Linkedin:
People actually call the location I work at asking about general job opportunities all the time. Unfortunately, unless it’s a job I’m desperately trying to fill, most days this is a poor way of getting me to take a serious look at them… I’m just busy doing other things. Conversely, a well written message on Linkedin that clearly defines why a candidate is interested in a particular role (or even general opportunities) will almost always get my attention. These messages are sent at a time when I’m not busy (I check Linkedin after hours at home), puts the candidate in his/her best light, and – if it’s filled out as it should be – provides me with a ready made resume outlining critical experiences in the form of the person’s Linkedin profile.
You can identify recruiters at companies you want to work at via Linkedin searches (keywords: recruiter, talent acquisition, TA specialist, sourcer, head hunter. etc). Recruiters use Linkedin differently than most people, and many will welcome unsolicited messages if they concern jobs they’re involved with sourcing.
Using Linkedin communities (and other online forums) to define themselves:
You should also look to be active within Linkedin communities that recruiters mine for talent. Demonstrate your knowledge in communities relevant to your industry. By defining yourself as a subject matter expert in these arenas, recruiters will frequently reach out to you directly.
…This is getting long (and I’ve gotta run) so let’s wrap up here.
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