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Episode 21 – 4 Better Ways to Apply for Jobs vs Blindly Applying Online

In today’s episode of Recovering Corpoholics, we're going to talk about 4 better ways to show interest and apply for jobs other than blindly applying online.

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Looking for a new job can be tough! Although companies are hiring at a record pace, getting your resume in front of the right eyes can be challenging.


So other than blindly applying online, which has a 5% success rate, how else can you show interest and apply for a job? 


Here are 4 better ways you can show interest and apply for jobs that are better than applying online.


1. Use your network.

First, and if you’ve been listening, then you know the first way I’m going to say that’s better to show your interest in a position than applying online is networking!


Think about all the people you know, the people who your network knows and so forth! Leverage your network! They are going to be the highest chance of success for you as they can connect you directly to the hiring managers or recruiters as referrals. 


And if you were listening to last week’s episode, you know how far a referral can go! Ask your network if there are any positions open, to refer you, everything! Well everything depends on your relationship.


For more on how to networking, see my networking series that I did - Episodes 14, 15 and 16. 


2. Reach out to the Hiring Manager/Recruiter directly.

The second better way I want to share with you is to reach out to hiring managers or recruiters directly. 


You may want to be considerate and not do this but if you think this way you are missing out! Remember, people want to fill roles fast. The faster they fill, the more work can get done. And the better the recruiters metrics are.


There is no time to waste in the corporate world! 


To me, it shows just how ambitious you are and how willing you are to go above and beyond.


Now there is a strategic way to go about this. You want to make sure your messaging is on point and creative enough to stand out. And you also don’t want to be annoying. You only want to send one message or two at max. 

Start out by making a list of the companies you want to work for and try to find the recruiter or hiring manager for the job requisite. Sometimes they are even listed right on the job req or maybe you’ll have to do some research. 


3. Leverage LinkedIn.

And that leads me to the third option I want to share with you and that is to use LinkedIn. 


If you want to reach out to a recruiter or a hiring manager and are not sure who that is, search for the company, then look for a recruiter and reach out to them. Maybe you can even find the job req on linkedin or someone who has shared it and reach out that way.  


You can also look for the company you want to work for and reach out to Partners or other people who are in a high up position. Or anyone for that matter. Again, it's all about your messaging here. 


And let me caveat but saying, if you are going to leverage LinkedIn for Networking and job searches, you need to ensure your profile is up to date.


This is not only for when people click on your profile to see who you are, but recruiters are also looking for people to fill roles as well. 


According to a survey conducted by Jobvite, 93% of recruiters are looking for professionals to fill the jobs they have open on LinkedIn. So make sure your profile is up to date, creative and public. 

4. Find events to attend.

The fourth way I want to talk about is in person networking, such as job fairs, networking events, industry events and so on. 


Going to events like these, you get in front of the right people who can get you an interview for those jobs you want. If anything, you get to increase your network, learn more about roles/organizations and just have fun exploring. 


Again, I am not saying you shouldn’t apply for jobs online, all I'm saying is it shouldn’t be your only or main strategy to find a new job. The more you incorporate other ways, the greater your chance for landing that job!

Stay inspired and live powerfully,


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