How many jobs should I apply for? That might not be the best question to ask. Let’s explore the true question about job search.
Confidential Positions that are NOT Advertised
Employees quite often let their manager know they are leaving well before it is know to HR. The employee may be planning on retiring, or a spouse may be contemplating relocation or an illness may potentially force them to leave their job. But they are not ready to widely publicize the fact they are leaving.
New positions that are created by a new contract, new technology or project also create an opportunity.
Also there are positions that are held by someone who is either on probation or on the verge of being fired.
All these opportunities are known to the hiring manager, but may not be publicized to HR or other employees. This provides you with the golden opportunity to land a great position, but only if the hiring manager knows you are available and will be a great hire.
If you possess expertise, start a blog filled with content showing your knowledge. LinkedIn has made it very easy for you to be published. It’s as simple as clicking on the “Write an article” button and begin writing. It is as simple as that – this builds your credibility and brand. The second best thing would be to comment on LinkedIn posts being written by other experts in your field.
Did you know, it is more important to stay connected when you are not currently employed? Past employers, supervisors, peers and subordinates, often hear about opportunities that could represent your next career move. They will only think of referring you if they know you are involved in a current job search. Seventy to eighty percent of individuals finding opportunities in today’s job market are the result of networking.
Written By Rick Christensen
Rick has been a career consultant for over 20 years, serving a very broad-based and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consultation at all levels including senior executives.