Job searching has come a long way from just a few years ago! I remember being inbetween jobs after college, filling out dozens of Taleo applications and sending dozens of resumes and cover letters into cyberspace each day. I would obsessively check my e-mail praying for any kind of a response. Just the thought makes me cringe! These days, instead of uploading your resume into a database, you have the opportunity to interact with recruiters and hiring managers in person.
Even though I haven’t been on the job market in a few years, I frequently receive unsolicited job offers from various organizations. I know that if the methods I use work for me, and I am not even looking for a job, they will most certainly help you stand out of the pack!
Let’s face it, on paper we are all relatively the same. This is where personal banding becomes a job seeker’s gold. Instead of sending resumes into cyberspace praying for a response, create a thoughtful online presence. If I haven’t convinced you yet, consider this: According to a survey by Jobvite, over 90% of employers will use social recruiting in 2012. Additionally, 73% of employers surveyed have successfully hired candidates through social media channels.
A Plan for Getting Unsolicited Job Offers:
1. When a recruiter Googles your name, what do you want them to find? Build an attractive personal brand online. Purchase a custom URL that matches your name and build a site about you with your resume readily available.
2. Bump up your activity in a few select social networks. You don’t need to be everywhere- think quality over quantity. I suggest LinkedIn because many recruiters pay the platform lots of money to recruit from their user base. Twitter is also becoming quite the hotspot for recruiters.