In my previous blog post, I talked about the opportunity that unemployment offers to envision and grasp your dream job. Once you know what your dream job looks like, the next step is to become more active in your job search and actually anticipate openings. You should be in contact not only with the companies you have researched, but also with recruiters and venture capitalists.
When you know the type of company you would like to work for, research the companies in your preferred location that match your criteria. As part of your research, see if you can discover where each company might be feeling pain. For example, a company that is expanding might not be advertising for a Human Resources professional now but will probably need one in the future. A company with a dated website and no presence on social media might be interested in hearing from someone who is an expert in website and social media marketing. When you have found the companies that match your criteria and uncovered a problem they may be having, send them your resume with a cover letter or email explaining why you feel you are a perfect match for them. Be sure to add information on the value you would bring to them if hired.
Recruiters and venture capitalists are always looking for active job seekers. Recruiters have many positions they need to fill for many different companies and often those positions are not advertised. Venture capitalists are looking to fill positions in the companies they work with to ensure that those companies succeed. Again, they may not advertise those positions.
You can also anticipate the job market by participating in LinkedIn and making sure that your profile matches your resume. Joining LinkedIn discussions and groups enables you to make connections with people, demonstrate your knowledge and find out more about the companies (and their employees) on your wish list.
Finally, you can anticipate the job market by working with a Certified Job and Career Transition Coach. As a Certified JCTC, I remain aware of what recruiters, venture capitalists and hiring managers require and can make sure that your resume contains the information that they are looking for now and in the future. Contact Robin’s Resumes® for more information.