1. Just Walk In
In this digital age, meeting people face-to-face has become a lost art. 80% of all job opportunities are not advertised anywhere in the visible job market (source). Do a little research about the industry you want a job in. Pick three organizations you’d want to work at then create a brief pitch that is tailored to these organizations’ objectives and brand identity. Make sure you dress the part, not necessarily formal but aligned with the company’s brand personality. Bring your resume and best portfolio pieces that relate to the organization you are approaching.
Be personable and pitch your skill set and character in the most creative way you can think of. What makes you stand out from the crowd? What will you bring to this company? Here are some links to help get you started:
- 3 Ways to Pitch Yourself in 30 Seconds from Harvard Business Review
- The Perfect Elevator Pitch To Land A Job from Forbes
Even if the organization that you approach isn’t hiring, they will be more likely keep your resume on file and recommend you to other employers
2. Ask Around
Stay in touch with previous employers and friends in the field to let them know you’re job-hunting. Even friend of friends in the field are valuable connections. You might just stumble across an opportunity where the position availability hasn’t even been posted anywhere yet.
Regardless of whether your connections know of any openings, your active networking will still pay off. By contacting all of these professionals and making them aware of what sort of job you are looking for, you will rise through the ranks in their evoked set (which means if mention of the same position comes up later, you’ll be the first person that comes to mind).
Again the majority of job opportunities aren’t in the visible job market so you’ll have to go delving in order to obtain that insider information.
3. Aggressive Canvassing
If the first two options don’t work for you there are always websites such as:
Also make sure to make good use of LinkedIn as it is quickly growing in popularity among employers and it may be the first place they look to do a background check. Apply everywhere you see an opening, both on-line and in person.
The main things that will determine your success in finding that perfect job are:
- Have an impressive resume specifically written with the company in mind
- Keep you portfolio polished and updated
- Make sure your presentation, resume, and overall character are memorable
- Make lots of connections and upkeep these relationships