One thing that can be especially aggravating in a job search is not finding more of the same work that you’ve always done since your career began. After hitting your head against the wall for so long, you become frustrated and potentially depressed. (Hey, it happens.) May I make a suggestion? Work in a different field where companies are actively hiring.Sure, okay, that sounds simple enough but a) “What if I don’t have the budget to go back to school?” or b) “I don’t have the desire to start over in a new field?”
I can dig it. I have a suggestion for you. Look for ways to use your existing skills in different ways. Let me share a way for you to do that by hopping over to CareerBuilder.
1. I go to their “Find Jobs” section and instead of looking for Recruiter jobs (I have 10+ years in that field) I search on some of my job duties. For example, as a Recruiter I would manage relationships between candidates and hiring managers throughout the interview process. So… I search on “manage relationships” and “interview.”
2. What returns are jobs in HR (go figure), but also jobs in Sales, Business Development and Professional Services. Hmm… I can easily see how my skills could work well in these arenas. Perhaps if you do a search on your past job duties instead of your job title, you will find jobs that correlate to your skills as well. (Smile)
Although I chose CareerBuilder for this demo, you can do the same thing with any job board.
Are you familiar with Google Suggest? Chances are that you are well-acquainted with it, even if you did not know it was called that. Here is a quote from a blog explaining what it is and what it does.
“The utility offers search suggestions below the text input based on completing what the user has typed so far with a list of suggestions based on popular searches by other users. For instance, typing “the dog” would return a list of the most popular searches beginning with “the dog”, not necessarily ranked by order of results.” – The Coffee Desk
So, after reading this, I wondered what were some of the more popular job markets based on Google Suggest. Check out some of the results I found:
Did you know that traditional job searches leave you at a disadvantage? Why? Simply put, there are a lot of unadvertised jobs that you are overlooking everyday. If you do not know about these hidden jobs. its because you have been looking in the wrong places. Its time to do something different! In this video on job search strategy, Jim Stroud gives tips on how to prospect the hidden job market. Tune in now and PLEASE share with other jobseekers in your network. (Be sure to download the notes for even more information not covered in the video.)
Okay, not sure how much longer I will be on my Spy kick, but here is one more installment. (Smile)
As a job seeker, you are most likely unaware of the various tools that recruiters use. For example, there are several resume sourcing tools designed to automagically find resumes and make them manageable at the click of a mouse. I did a review of these various tools and if you are curious to read it, click here to download your free copy. But I digress, the reason why I bring this up is that these various tools pull resumes from various sources. Such being the case, if you add your resume to the websites where these tools pull from then… Yeah, you get it.
Now, do all of these tools list the websites they use to gather resumes? No, for competitive reasons they tend not to. However, there is one company that dares to do so – Infogist. Click here or on the screenshot below to see where they get the resumes that they send to Recruiters via their tool. (Wink)
Okay, this is part 3 in my spy series. I guess I am on a roll.
Did you know that it costs money to post a job on a job board? You probably figured that, but I will wager that you don’t think about it much as a job seeker. (Am I right?) Well, since jobboards cost money, companies tend not to post all of their jobs there. Most likely, they post their most recent opportunities or the jobs that they are struggling to fill. That being said, it would behoove you to search the career sections of companies to find jobs not advertised on job boards. Make sense? Going with this rationale in mine, I developed a spying technique that is somewhat compelling. Let me share it with you.
I was musing about the past couple of posts and wondering how to leverage applicant tracking systems even further. I looked up popular ATS offerings and noticed that PeopleClick came up a lot. I did a search for sites that used PeopleClick and have the word “careers” or “jobs” or “opportunities” in the title and the word “programmer” because that was the kind of job I was looking for.
Does this mean that this job was not being advertised on job boards? No. However, there is a chance that this method will uncover jobs that are not being advertised. It also reveals the names of companies that looked for a particular role in the past and by virtue of that, maybe they will hire for that role in the future. So why not approach them? If you like the idea of this, here are a few more searches to get your mind going.