5 Ways to Find Jobs Without Job Portals
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Divyasri Arun Kumar, Digital marketer

30 Oct, 193 mins read

When you think of searching for jobs online, the predominant thought that comes to your mind is uploading your resume on several job portals, be it AngelList, Naukri.com, or LinkedIn Jobs. You have done your best to apply to several companies across these websites, but it’s just taking too long!

Does this sound familiar? Don’t worry, online job portals aren’t the only way to get the job you want. Here are 5 different ways you can seek out open positions without the hassle of dealing with different job portals:

  1. Spruce Up Your Social Media Presence Gone are the days when hiring managers only relied on resumes and personal interviews to assess a candidate. Today, a lot of hiring managers will look at a person’s online presence even before reaching out to them for a job interview.

How do your social media profiles look? Are they a mix of family photos and some current political point-of-view posts? One of the most important aspects of your job search is to ensure that your online presence is up to date and professional. Take the time to clean out your profile, or create updates that show you in a more professional light, and keep them current so potential companies can see that you’re active on social media, for all the right reasons, of course!

Ensure that your social media profiles give potential companies the essence of your personality and your achievements. Brownie points for those of you that invest the time into creating a website or a blog. It’s a great way to promote yourself and showcase your ideas.

To maximize his chances to shine, Shomik found the best way to showcase his skills via his own website - https://www.shomikroy.co/ where he not only elaborates about his work, he’s also given the visitors a chance to get to know him as well.

  1. Tap into your Social Networks Here’s the thing - your friends are always ready to help. You may never know who might bring you the much-needed referral for your dream job! You can further ask them if they have any suggestions on other companies that you should be looking into. Asking for recommendations about other options often opens doors to introductions, all without asking for them.

Searching via LinkedIn and Facebook groups can be equally as effective. There are many groups on Facebook that regularly post about job openings that might not appear on the big job boards. These inquiries can often help you get interviews much faster than the ones posted on online job portals.

  1. Be creative with individual job applications First, you should spend a good portion of your time identifying the companies that you not only want to work for, but those fit what you want to be doing in your career. Reach out to them directly via email, or applying to their Careers page. Don’t take the usual route with “I need a job” or “I am looking for an opportunity”, and take a creative route with the cover letter, exploring what you can help with the company specifically and how you can help transform the team.

Here’s a very quirky cover letter that got Tushaar, a copywriter, a lucky break in his favourite agency -

From: Tushaar Katewa Date: Fri, Sep 13 at 7:23 AM

Subject: WILLING TO WORK FOR PEANUTS....and money.... and beer. (read from right to left)

To: Angad

Hi, I am Tushaar Katewa, an aspiring copywriter who would very much like to work for your agency. I have just graduated which leaves me completely free to pursue my dreams. I have recently realized that I cannot become BATMAN and also, my mother won't let me sleep all day anymore, which leaves me with plenty of time and nothing to do.

Enclosed with this mail is a sample of my work and my resume, which tells you standard details about me. I'm a Taurean! ( if you're into the whole zodiac thing). Kindly go through it and please revert if you feel this poor chap stands a chance of making it in your organisation. Hope to hear from you soon.

SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH!

Another way to have a conversation with companies is to reach out to the Hiring Managers or Team Leaders via LinkedIn. This works especially with smaller companies that do not have a lot of employees and are on the lookout for talent.

  1. Network Network Network It is the bane of every job seeker’s journey. Networking can often be hard - to continuously sell your skillsets to each person that you come across at meet-ups or networking events.

These events can give you the opportunity to meet other people from different companies, which will help you build and expand your professional network, in turn, allowing you to widen your opportunities. Furthermore, it helps you meet people who might be looking out for talents like you.

Look at websites like MeetUp and EventsHigh, to find out which events are happening near you.

  1. Give your resume a video makeover Save your resume from being lost in a pile of stacked documents. It’s a no brainer that videos often relay the message more effectively than text. An interactive resume will leave a clear impression on the hiring manager about you and your skills.

You can effectively address your achievements and skills in a video with the added benefit of showcasing some other skills, such as your impeccable Shania Twain impression or your greater than average video editing skills. These may also allow the hiring manager to get a glimpse of you as an individual, rather than just a resume.

Here’s Asavari, a PR Professional, with her rendition of ‘Does that Impress you much’ as a part of her application for PRmoment 30under30 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJED6cXHsBg

What are your thoughts about these tips? Do you feel they will have an impact on the hiring managers? If you would like to know more about elevating your job applications, check this article to learn more!