Let me start by saying it is not quick or easy to find a new job. Quite the opposite in fact. Job hunting takes patience and perseverance. I often tell job seekers that is important to continuously move the needle each day and make sure you continue to move forward. Far too many people post their resume on the job boards and apply to job postings and sit back and wonder why their phone is not ringing.
Finding a job in 2012 is about being deliberate and consistent. There are many things you can do on a daily basis that will help build your brand and credibility as well as help solidify and grow your network.
The tips I am suggesting below will take less than 30 minutes to complete and will help you gain visibility in your chosen field.
- Add targeted followers on Twitter. I am going to assume (and hope) that you are already using Twitter. Search for other users that are in your field and start building your contacts. Make sure to engage these users by retweeting and replying to their tweets. As a goal, try to build one solid Twitter relationship per day.
- Think about companies that you would like to work for. Follow those companies on Linkedin. Conduct a search for the recruiters who work at those companies and sent them an invitation to connect.
- Recommend someone on Linkedin. Start off by recommending one person a week. Most people will return the favor.
- Join 7 industry specific Linkedin Groups. Each day focus on one group and create a discussion or add to one of the discussions. Most group also feature a jobs section, this is a great way to find jobs in your niche that may not be posted anywhere else.
- Search for the top 7 blogs in your niche.. Focus on commenting and adding to the conversation on one blog per day. Then repeat the process, over time you will start building contacts as well as establishing your credibility in your field. As an added bonus, many blogs also have a job board component which is another great way to find jobs that may not be on the major job boards.
These tips may not you land you a job directly but I guarantee they will move you one step closer to your goal.