The New Rules Of Wok: How To Find Your Dream Job

In this EIGHT PART SERIES we chronicle the new ways to NAVIGATE YOUR CAREER in the MODERN WORKPLACE. This week we’re discussing how to find your DREAM JOB …

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In the new world of work, job postings are easier to find and access than ever. Great news, right? Well, not necessarily. Because today, more and more positions are also being filled without ever being posted. Which means that you are going to have to find those job opportunities before most people know about them and then smoothly and effectively utilise your company knowledge and your network to get in front of the right people. Today’s job search is all about hand-picking a few positions you really want to target— and then going above and beyond to tailor those applications and get noticed by the hiring managers.

Strategy 1: Keep close tabs on your dream companies

These days, pretty much any job opening requires an online application, but in today’s world of work, where hiring managers are being more inundated with blind applications than ever, this is only step one. Yes, you should do it but the New Rules of Work dictate a slightly more nuanced and time-intensive—though much more effective—approach. Do you know anyone at the company? Reach out to that person directly and let him or her know you are interested in the role and, if appropriate, that you’d love a recommendation or an introduction to the hiring manager.

Strategy 2: Let your network know you’re looking

We really can’t stress it enough: your network is one of the most valuable assets you have in landing your dream job or role. You can start with a bulk email that you send using bcc: to a large group of contacts you know well, either socially or professionally, but you’ll also want to craft personalised messages for anyone who knows you very well, anyone who works for one of your dream companies, or anyone who could help you in a very specific way.

Strategy 3: Optimise your internet job search

Many job sites let you search not only by job title and location, but also by experience level, expected salary, education requirements, and more. Make use of the search filters so you’ll only see positions that will align with your background. Some sites let you set up search alerts based on your requirements that’ll automatically email you new postings when they’re available.

Strategy 4: Keep an eye on social media

We know you’re already on social media—and you’re already scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram around the clock to check out what your friends and contacts are up to. But it’s worth pointing out that social media can be a good resource for finding job openings, too! Follow the companies you love, follow people who work there, keep an eye on key hashtags and join Facebook groups.

Copyright © 2017 by Million Things LLC. Extracted from THE NEW RULES OF WORK by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew. Published by Orion Spring at £14.99 in paperback. Also available in audio and ebook.

Whether you are starting out in your career, looking to advance or navigating a mid-career shift, this eight part series will provide you with the tips and advice you need to thrive in the new world of work. Stay tuned for the third excerpt from The New Rules of Work next Monday.

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