What is an active job seeker?
An active job seeker is a person who seeks out employment opportunities by using social media (e.g. Facebook, Linked In), and attending job fairs, employer spotlights, training opportunities, networking groups and industry events. This person connects with friends, family and previous co-workers to see where they are, and if there are any job openings at their current jobs.
What is a passive job seeker?
A passive job seeker is a person who waits for a job to be posted and then applies. They spend most of their time in front of a computer, crossing their fingers, praying and hoping someone will like their resume enough to bring them in for an interview.
Which job seeker are you?
According to ABC News approximately 80% of today’s jobs are landed by job seekers employing various types of networking or active job search technique. These are job seekers who understand the need to be active in their job search and not wait for employers to respond to their online applications.
5 Practical Things to Help You be More Active in Your Job Search
- Network, Network, and Network:
Make a list of all your friends, family and old co-workers. Each day check in with at least 2 or 3 people. Never start the conversation with “I need a job” as I’m sure that will kill the conversation. Always ask how they are doing and the conversation will always come around to how and what you’re up to.
- Walk- Don’t Drive:
Often, I’m the last to take this advice, but you will not believe what and who you might see during a walk. I remember awhile back (when I was looking for a job), I ran into someone who I used to meet regularly with. They told me about a job at their agency and BAM, I had an instant interview.
Use your LinkedIn profile to find old co-workers, new companies and potential career paths. LinkedIn can help you track where others are or where they have gone. The site also allows you to research companies to see who the hiring manager is (and trust me, they are the ones who are actually doing the hiring, not HR). LinkedIn is very powerful, so I suggest taking a class to unravel the possibilities.
- Informational Interviewing:
Keep in mind that an informational interview is not an interview. It’s a conversation with someone working in an area of interest to you who will give you information and advice. It may feel awkward making arrangements to talk with people you don’t know. However most people actually enjoy taking a few moments out of their day to give advice. How does this help your job search? It helps to build your growing network, and could offer new options in your job search.
- Get a Job Search Coach:
If you’re not sure what to do with your job search, meet with one of our staff at the Success Center. We can help break down your job search activities and help you with your career. Our staff is knowledgeable about the latest job search techniques and ready to help you become a more ACTIVE job seeker!!
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