6 Alternatives To Job Boards

  | Annie Walton-Doyle

     

In terms of the job hunt, there’s really nothing more convenient than a job board. You can search from the comfort of your own home, using keywords and tailoring your search with ease.

But using job boards alone can dramatically reduce your chances of finding your dream position. Not only are you reducing your career pool, you’re also likely missing out on tons of other opportunities. Diversifying your search is the best way to maximize your results. And because job boards are so convenient, you’re likely competing against many more people for the same positions. Thinking outside the job board box could help you secure the job of your dreams.

LinkedIn

The first step here is to make sure your LinkedIn is up to date and depicting you in the best light. Add as many relevant qualifications and experiences as you can, and make connections with recruiters, colleagues and those in your field. Then start searching – LinkedIn itself advertises many jobs but you can also find opportunities by starting conversations with the right people. Try looking for job search groups, professional groups relating to your desired sphere of work, or even making connections with people who are in positions you’d aspire to.

Twitter

Start your Twitter job search using hashtags – trial and error is key to finding what you’re looking for. And then start following relevant people – recruiters from your sphere or HR managers from companies you’d love to work for. Once you start, you’ll notice quite how often jobs are advertised on Twitter, as one recruiter will usually lead to another.

Networking Events

Going to networking events within your industry, making real-life connections with people and getting your name and face out there are really second to none in terms of finding a job. Search for events online or ask friends within your chosen industry. Furthermore, be prepared while you’re there – have business cards to hand out and a short 30-second introduction ready to help you connect and stick in people’s minds for all the right reasons.

Email Around

Believe it or not, a lot of jobs are actually filled before they ever make it onto a job board. Trying to get your name out there is paramount in terms of snapping up these early opportunities. Find HR managers or recruiters from companies or industries you’re interested in and simply send them an email. Attach your CV and a little bit about yourself, and comment that you’re available for and willing to do even some temp work. Getting a foot in the door is half the battle.

Approach recruitment companies directly

The whole purpose of recruitment companies is to match candidates up with employers. Most recruiters receive hundreds of CV’s every day, so make yourself known by calling them up directly and letting them know you are seeking opportunities and would like to send your CV over. Once you are on their radar, they are more likely to consider you for opportunities that arise.

Make Jobs Find You

Make yourself a professional Twitter and a website or online portfolio. Get your name out into the world, so if potential employers are searching for someone with your skills, they’ll be led directly to you. It is perhaps a slightly trickier, slower and riskier way of doing things – but it can certainly be rewarding!

Author's Bio: Annie Walton Doyle is a freelance writer based in Manchester, UK. She writes for a graduate recruitment company, Inspiring Interns. Her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Ravishly and more. When not writing, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature and mysteries.

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