Job searching can be tough and sometimes you need to think outside the box in order to capture the attention of employers. To give you some inspiration, Career Savvy has put together their top four alternative approaches to achieving a new career.
After attending university no doubt you’re a fountain of knowledge in at least one aspect of your degree subject. Content is extremely valuable nowadays and with the introduction of digital content, it’s somewhat easier to get your work published. Search for publications that are related to your industry and write an article that is on topic and engaging. Send this off to the relevant publications and if they publish it, make sure you promote this via social media, as well as linking it to your CV. If you’re struggling to get published in an online or print magazine, set up a blog and update this with regular content. Having your work published and recognised by others will encourage employers to view you as an expert in your field. Furthermore, if your writing is notable it will impress potential employers as they’ll have good evidence of your skills and experience.
In order to get your CV on to the ‘yes’ pile and pass each interview with flying colours, you need to understand how to present your skills to the employer in a way that encourages them to hire you for the job. By taking a marketing course you can learn how to do just that. It will also help you focus your job search, as you learn how to target the best companies for your skill set. In addition, you’ll learn how to explain your prior experience in a way that shows exactly how you’ll benefit the company and speak in measurable terms to back up your statements. Once you nail this technique you will have more success as you will better present yourself to the employer and the increase in your confidence will help you shine through.
Attend job fairs
Whether you attend one which is targeted to your industry of preference or a more general one, job fairs can open your eyes to the many opportunities out there. Research ones that are happening near you and take a look at the list of companies attending and assess whether it would be worth your while going along. If you come across any names of interest, visit their website and research their latest news and find out more about the company. Make sure you bring plenty of copies of your CV so you can hand them out to employers you’re interested in, ideally also asking for names and email addresses to send an electronic version to. They’re also a great opportunity to network, so even if the perfect role isn’t on offer there, simply getting to know professionals in your industry will help your job search by providing you with relevant contacts. Maybe even connect with the people you meet on LinkedIn while you’re there. Some companies may also be providing on-site interviews, so it can also be good practice for this element of your job search – it may even lead to a job! See our events page here.
Become your own boss
If you genuinely cannot find your ideal role, then why not create it yourself? Self-employment is becoming a popular option especially for those who don’t want to lose sight of their innovative career aspirations. If you have a creative side, then look into producing your own merchandise. If you don’t, then consider any roles you feel are missing from your industry and strive to provide this service. There are plenty of risks involved in self-employment, so if you’re seriously contemplating this option then make sure you research extensively and you’re prepared to work extra hard at making your business idea a success.
If the standard job search process fails to inspire you, consider trying something a bit different via these alternative approaches. It’s important to do whatever suits your skill set and personality best in order to achieve the right results from your job hunt. The more effort you put into your search, the more impressed potential employers will be by your drive and determination to reach your goals.