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Just how tiring is to have to start all over again and dive into the atrocious process that is job searching and interviews? There have been no official surveys or research to conclude this with any official data, but I reckon it’s an experience that can be paralleled to the feeling of spring finals approaching again.
“I’ve already been through the winter ones, so I know that this sucks. And summer is so close too!”
In other words, it’s more that we think ahead of the daunting and time-consuming processes and steps that await us. It’s never just about job hunting. It’s about revising your CV, polishing the perfect cover letter, praying for an interview, prepping for the interview, not sleeping because of anxiety while awaiting the answer, etc. At some point, especially if you’re a recent grad, just getting your CV noticed is somewhat hellish in itself, how are we going to cope with everything else?
Wouldn’t it be just great if we could completely skip these steps and jump straight to the interview? Wouldn’t it be great if we were so attractive to the eyes of the employers that they would skip this step altogether? Well, about that…
#1 Build Relations
In an era that relies so heavily on interpersonal relationships, to say that relationships and connections are the keys to everything wouldn’t be an overstatement. In fact, skipping the tediousness of job hunting courtesy of this advantage is a growing trend, with many people opting to put themselves out there right in the spotlight of the big boss of the company.
But how to do it?
One option is to visit the website of your desired company and find the contact information of the CEO or manager and get in touch directly with him or her. But if you happen to have your eye on a company too big for words that might be possible. The good part here is that this usually also means lots of employees, so even if means “starting from the bottom,” having someone that can slip in a recommendation or two means a ton.
#2 Have Great Content
Having important connections is one way to go, but another great strategy is ensuring that you’ll no longer be the one to seek out opportunities. Let the opportunities “seek” you instead. If you’re active in a creative field of sorts, you automatically become difficult to replace.
Innovation and fantastic ideas aren’t taken lightly, and these two traits make you a hotspot for requests and recruitment. In a circumstance like this, there’s no surprise that engineers are financially rewarded so generously. It’s no easy task to stumble upon people with insightful manufacturing ideas. The greater your expertise, the more specific said area is — if you’ve only got writing skills under your belt, make sure you use them well.
#3 Become Recruitment-Friendly
The first step to becoming “recruitment-friendly” is to have great content, which you’ve already done (right?). But, of course, one major problem arises – how are others supposed to find you and give your content a chance, to begin with? Luckily, through the power of the internet and the amazing advantages offered by technology, this is something that you can take care of yourself. Try having as many social media platforms as possible, especially a LinkedIn account.
With them, get in touch with other job-seekers or even companies themselves. Always have links on your profiles to your portfolios that showcase all things that might get a possible recruiter interested in you. Showcase your interests and relevant hobbies. Make sure that all your profiles are essentially live, online resumes that are always readily polished for opportunities.
#4 Build A Reputation
I guess it should be obvious by now, but the tip to landing more interviews than job hunting sessions usually lies in ensuring you’ll approach employers as rarely as possible. They should be the ones to seek you out. Sounds impossible, right? Not when you have a reputation that reels them in. Said reputation can start being built up online via the social media platforms aforementioned. Be involved in communities, solve the problems others may have, recommend your desired company to others with extensive information on why they should apply.
If you have past experience that involves other connections or instances of being approached first, this fact in itself will spread like wildfire.