For those of us who are averse to jumping on the social media bandwagon, it is important that we utilize all methods of job searching techniques to ensure we are not missing out on any career or networking opportunities that exist on social media platforms. In fact, there are numerous ways to find a job without the use of social media; just because it has become a new trend in the recruitment industry, does not mean to say that it will stick, and so it is important that you still use traditional networking and job application methods.
Read the guide below on finding a job without succumbing to the social media craze!
Ask around for hidden jobs!
More often than not, managers inform their staff that a vacancy has arisen and if they know of anyone who would be suitable, to get them to come in for an interview. This means that the vacancy is not always advertised at first and so the competition will be lower for the role. Ask your contacts for any tips or leads to stay one-step ahead of the game!
Who to ask?
- Friends and family members
- Former bosses
- Former clients and business partners
- Current/ex colleagues
- Current clients
- Industry professionals
Look in the right places
There are many places to begin your job search including both online and offline mediums.
Online: Search recruitment websites, online job boards, company websites, employment forums and government websites.
Offline: Look in your local and national newspaper, subscribe to an industry journal or trader magazine, check out job boards in your local shopping mall or look for job adverts on public notice boards. Job seekers can also attend career fairs or career events at their university, and participate in industry events and seminars to broaden their network of useful contacts.
Learn how to network your way to the top
Networking is essential what social media is all about, expect that social media allows us to network quickly, and for free! If you are not present on a social media platform, you will need to work twice as hard to network with relevant and useful industry contacts.
How to network:
- Attend job fairs
- Join a group or organisation related to your job type or industry of expertise
- Attend industry events and seminars
- Participate in training programs and schemes
- Take up an internship while you are job searching; the contacts you make there may prove invaluable!
- Join a professional association
- Sign up to a trade union
Social media is a great tool for job seekers to take advantage of - not only for viewing job adverts but also for great networking opportunities! However, it is not vital that social media is used to successfully find your dream job. Using the above tips, you can quite easily locate some of the best job vacancies whilst staying ahead of the competition!