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8 Ways to Find a Job in 2020

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Most candidates look for their next job opportunity through job advertisements on websites. However, job ads are only 10-20% of the actual open positions, this means that candidates following only this route are missing 80-90% job opportunities! Also, these ads are public, they are seen by everyone, this means that each ad can get anywhere from hundreds to thousands of resumes! The chance of getting a job from an ad say surveys say is somewhere around 2%, reasonable considering your resume has a lot of people to compete with! But are there more ways to get a job? In this article I will help you learn about alternative ways to look for a job and claim your dream career!

Contents:

  1. Advertisements on Job Portals
  2. recruitment agencies
  3. Glassdoor
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Websites & Social Media
  6.  Direct approach with employers
  7. Networking
  8. follow-up
  9. Download the Free eBook

Technique 1 - Posting on Job Portals

Search Google for job portals in the specific countries you are interested in applying to:

  • Create an account on the website, fill in all the fields and upload the
    your CV in ATS Optimized* format
  • Create job alerts with different keywords depending on the positions you are looking for
  • Follow them on all their Social Media
  • Subscribe to newsletters

For Greece he preferred the Skywalker.gr, Kariera.gr, Career Net, Job Find. For abroad prefer the  Indeed.

Technique 2 - Recruitment Agencies

Search Google for Recruitment agencies in the country you are interested in applying to:

  • Create an account on the website, fill in all the fields and upload your CV in ATS Optimized* format
  • Create job alerts with different keywords depending on the positions you are looking for
  • Follow them on all their Social Media
  • Subscribe to newsletters

For Greece see here: Randstad, Manpower, Adecco, KSM, Trenkwalder, InGroup, Optimal HR, Mellon, Work4u, Speakit, ICAP, Actionline

How Recruitment Agencies work:

 

Technique 3 - Glassdoor

Glassdoor is a great Social Media site where you can find a lot of information about the employer you are interested in, for example:

  1. Employer evaluation by former and current employees
  2.  Staff selection process
  3.  Questions they ask in the interview
  4. Psychometric tools and other tests they may use in the assessment
  5. Information on salaries and fringe benefits
  6. Information about the working environment
  7. Information about the Management of the company

Technique 4 - LinkedIn

LinkedIn is considered the "King" of job search, it's the largest professional Social Media, all the big companies put their ads there, they search for talent themselves by searching the profiles of candidates, and beyond that you can do the following:

  1. Search job advertisements
  2. personal branding, you can show off yourself by filling in the fields with the appropriate content, programming the settings correctly, and uploading relevant media (Photos, Videos, Documents, Presentations)
  3.  Networking - You connect with professionals in your field, former and current colleagues, former and current classmates, Recruiters and HR Managers and anyone else you are interested in, you don't have to know them personally, just write a 2-3 line text in your connection request that you know them or how you found them and why you are connecting with them, not a simple connect that most people send
  4.  Mentoring - You can find excellent mentors from Greece and abroad, professionals who have already reached where you want to be, ask them for advice and guidance, some of them will help you. You can also mentor others if you have experience in a subject
  5.  Blogging - Writing articles and posts related to your subject helps users to recognise your value as you can share knowledge or opinions on your subject with them.
  6. Activity - It is good to participate in other users' posts with like, comment, and share, in the case of comment and share it is suggested to give an opinion, to give a feedback to the user who made the post, or to participate in the comments - brainstorming of others
  7. online courses - Premium only version, here you have access to hundreds of high-quality online courses provided by LinkedIn.
  8. Lead Generation - You can find new partners and customers if you are looking for one

Technique 5 - Websites & Social Media

Some employers only post their jobs on their websites and Social Media sites they have, since they don't have to pay a third party company to post the ad (with the exception of LinkedIn where they may have a Premium account and if they decide to pay for advertising for an ad)

  • You actively search for posts on all their websites and subscribe to their newsletter
  • Search for posts on the Social Media of employers you are interested in, follow them, and interact with their posts when there is an opportunity (many people follow this). I mean like, comment, share on their posts where possible

linkedin job search - Ways to find a job

 

Technique 6 - Direct approach with employers

In another article of mine that you may have read, I mention that there is a preference for candidates who are proactive, i.e. who approach employers on their own by sending a CV and cover letter, proposing cooperation. Here you need a very strong cover letter to make the employer understand why they should go to the trouble of considering you or even "creating" a position for you! Yes, you read that right! To "create" a position for you, if you believe you have a lot of value to offer an employer, present it well through your resume and cover letter! Maybe they will have the time and budget to hire you!

  • Create a strong modern CV (it's a good idea to make it ATS Optimized* for their database for future use)
  • You create a strong 100% targeted cover letter, what do you have to
    do you offer the company? why would they choose you and not someone else?
    invest in you; how do your goals fit with the company?
  • You reach them via LinkedIn, email, phone, face-to-face visit, visit
    in events they participate in, where possible

Technique 7 - Networking

I've talked about networking before, it's the be-all and end-all! This is where most opportunities are hiding!!! Get known, so well known that you can't be ignored at the next job opportunity!

  • Build your professional network through LinkedIn, conferences, workshops, job fairs, job fairs, workshops and other professional events and meetings
  • Say everywhere what you are looking for, make it known to everyone, so someone from your friends and family or from your professional environment can suggest a new opportunity, introduce you somewhere, or send you an interesting ad or information.
  • Be clear in your network, "I'm looking for a job" is zero information and no one will help you! You tell them "exactly" what you are looking for, e.g. I am looking for a sales position and preferably in a tech company, that way if they see/hear something, they will remember you and let you know
  • Print business cards with your contact details (Mobile, email, Skype, LinkedIn), depending on the industry you may need to add more (e.g. GitHub for developers). Alternatively ask for LinkedIn Profile and connect directly with them
  • Beware of Google results and your Social Media Accounts, these are monitored by employers, search your name in Google to see what it shows and if you think that some results will not make a good impression on an employer, delete them or make them not to be seen publicly, the same applies to Social Media, no extreme posts and unprofessional content, it is okay for personal content to be seen publicly but be careful not to be something extreme

Technique 8 - Follow Up

Something that most employers really like but few candidates do is follow up.

  • To employers who have sent a CV and/or cover letter without an advertisement, after a few days call them on the phone as a follow-up to ask if they received your application
  • Alternatively you can follow up via LinkedIn or email

This way you make sure that they received your application and it didn't get lost in the spam or the general amount of emails they receive, you also show that you are really interested in this company and that you didn't send your CV to them and another 100 in case you get lucky.

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If you found the techniques I mentioned useful, you can download the detailed guide "8 Ways to get a job in 2020" to learn more. In case you have any questions, you can email us at [email protected] and simply express your concerns. One of our consultants is always available to guide you and provide the answers you need.

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Markos Korvesis helps people around the world find their ikigai: a job they love, do well, that people need and are rewarded for.

He is a Career Consultant and co-owner of LeadCompass with 3,000+ hours of training in 15 countries. He specializes in Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn, Interview Preparation and Job Search Techniques for Greece and abroad.

It monitors the latest developments in the global labour market, such as virtual reality assessment of candidates and interviewing with artificial intelligence and robots.

He has helped over 1,000 people of 50+ nationalities with successes in 30+ countries find the jobs they want at companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as start their own businesses. His goal is to help millions of people with their careers worldwide.

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