By Dindin Reyes on February 2, 2015
When you say you’ve exhausted all your job hunting options, have you really?
There are literally hundreds and thousands of companies looking for the right people everyday. Out of that huge number, one of them is the one for you. Sure, you may find them through run of the mill ways such as: a) they may be a famous company, b) you may have seen them at a job fair, c) perhaps you know someone who works there, d) someone recommended you apply. Or, chances are the answer might be: e) none of the above.
If the last option describes you, don’t fret. You may not be happy with the options you have now, but it’s all a matter of creative research.
If you can allow yourself a little more time on the job hunt and you really want to be somewhere that’s a good fit for you, here are some suggestions on alternative ways to find job opportunities.
No folks, this is not internet dating.
Matching sites are websites that link you to job opportunities you may not have known about otherwise. Most usually, the first interaction between you and your possible employer happens on the site itself. (Okay, so it’s a little bit like internet dating.)
One example is Kalibrr. Kalibrr looks at your skills, your experience and your interests, and recommends companies you can apply for within its system. Independently, you can also browse through the website for jobs that interest you.
Another example of a Filipino matching site is raket.ph. Designed for freelancers, raket.ph is a place where people search for individuals who can offer the services they need. In this case, you would be the one offering the services. Writers, designers, tutors, photographers, professional consultants, party planners, tattoo artists, fortune tellers, and more – if any of this falls within your skill set, join them. Who knows? Your freelance gig may become a full-time one.
Going on sites like these is a good way to find opportunities off the beaten track. What’s more – you know the companies and individuals in this site are actively looking for people.
Since it’s online, your search on sites like these don’t have to take away from the time you spend hunting on the ground.
Nowadays, everything happens on social media.
Aside from memes, catchy lists, and crazy pictures of your friends, job opportunities are to be found.
Take a second to look at your Facebook newsfeed. On their current design, groups Facebook recommends you to join appear on the right-hand side of your screen. Parse through it and you’ll see that many of the groups are job search groups for specific fields. There’s a group for jobs in startups, the development sector, the environment sector, and so on. Companies looking for people to hire post the job assignments, the job description, how to reach them, and how long the application is open for.
If you’re looking to enter a very specific field or to work in a specific type of environment, being a part of groups like these is a good place to start the search.
Other than that, you can also make your newsfeed scrolling a productive activity by noticing contacts whose jobs and companies you’re interested in. Start a conversation and see if their workplaces have any open positions.
Create the need
This alternative is a special case that requires a lot of boldness, a huge amount of finesse, and a clear direction.
Say there’s a company you truly believe in and you know that they’re not hiring at the moment and/or there’s no relevant position available for you. If that’s the case and you still have a burning desire to work with them, create the need.
Observe the company and research as much as you can. See how it’s doing, what its main competency is, how it compares to others, how its audience receives their product and so on. Take a long hard look at the information and see the areas where things can be improved and, more importantly, innovated.
Once you’ve figured that out, ask yourself a hard question? Am I equipped to introduce and follow through on this innovation? If so, create a detailed proposal and find a way to present it to the people in charge.
Again, it’s requires boldness, finesse, and a whole lot of self confidence.
If you feel like you’ve run out of options, it's always a good idea to think outside of the box. It’s a cliché but in some cases, taking the risk to be alternative works.
At the very least, looking off the beaten path will reap interesting experiences and lessons. At the most, it will bring you closer to your dream job.
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