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They’re becoming more and more creative in the way they go about this hunt - and you can be just as creative in the way you get noticed.
If you really, really want to find a new job and avoid being stuck in a pool of potential candidates, there is only one golden rule - make the extra effort!
Take a look at DNA's tips to get noticed.
Whichever industry you’re in, or whether you want to move across into another, be sure to follow relevant social media accounts. If you want to get noticed in advertising, look up the top 100 list of best agencies in your country - or even the world! - and follow away. Follow important figures and people you admire from these companies, from the Managing Director or the Creative Developer.
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are the most important social media accounts. Following relevant accounts will help you keep up to date with news surrounding the industry. Participate by communicating on posts or replying to tweets, simply to show engagement and interest. In doing this ad participating in conversation, you can develop contacts and even be remembered for potential opportunities.
Also, you never know if there are employers or recruiters are watching your online activity and see how deep you are in online engagement - you might get headhunted!
Very often companies hold information events to get to know potential candidates. They may even hold talks or meet and greets, and these are great opportunities to physically get out there and shake hands with important people you want to impress. Take the chance to introduce yourself, give them a bit of background about you and your previous/current work, and express to them your career goals. Nothing bad could out of this - best case scenario is that they give you their business card to contact them in the future. You’ve landed a contact right then and there!
There’s also websites such as Meetup that allow you to find people with similar interests or jobs to you. This is a great way to socialise and make contacts, without the pressure of being in a professional situation. You never know who you may find or befriend.
Show your initiative and passion for the company you want to work for by going ahead and inquiring about possible vacancies. Although they might not be hiring at this very moment, if you have an attractive resume, a polite demeanour and a sparkling online presence, why wouldn’t they remember you if something comes up in the future?
It’s easy to find contacts for the relevant Talent/HR people, if you have detective skills and a good working knowledge of Google, so finding emails shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re finding it difficult to find precise emails, companies often have generic recruitment or inquiry emails you can send off your covering letter and CV to.
Make your LinkedIn profile as attractive as it possibly could be. Become irresistible to recruiters and employers by thinking of the greatest killer profile summary you can think of. Re-write your job responsibilities to best highlight your achievements while at previous roles. Talk in the tone appropriate for your industry. Provide links for examples of your work under each role. Even ask old colleagues to write gleaming recommendations for you. Ensure you have a professional photograph if you don’t have one already - no selfies!
Yes, even if you’re not a creative or a writer. There’s ways to document all types of work, and this portfolio could be like an online resume. If you’re willing to spend a bit of money to hire a designer and developer to make the bones of your website, that’s great, but you certainly don’t need a lot of money to get this project up and running. Be creative and research different kinds of portfolios people have made beforehand and use this as inspiration. Make sure the design and content is aligned with your “brand” image, and tailored specifically to the industry or position you want to get into.