You may not be actively searching for a new job. You may even love the job you currently have. However, it is never a bad idea to have other options. Here are seven tips for passive job seekers to help you find the best job opportunities.
1. Be Active on Social Media
Be active on LinkedIn and other social media you use to present yourself professionally. Work to build a good presence on those sites and use them to network passively. For LinkedIn, you can get a weekly digest sent to your email address to stay updated on what’s being posted without actively searching.
2. Create a Professional Network
You don’t have to spend a lot of time building your network. Just be sure to take some time out of your schedule regularly. Consider working some networking events onto your calendar too. Once you have some connections, work to stay in touch with your network. Post regular updates on social media, send email correspondence or send a friendly message to engage with people in your network.
3. Research Different Companies
Take some time to research companies in your industry. This will give you an idea of who you might want to work for and which companies you might want to avoid. Have a few companies that you check for job listings on the regular and stay up to date on what’s going on in the company.
4. Take a Look at Job Listings
Check your job search apps weekly. Run a job search based on your skills and experience and see what new jobs are available. You can also set up email digests that keep you updated on jobs that match your previous searches. Then you can apply to positions that pique your interest.
5. Update Your Resume
Even if you are a passive job seeker, it is important to keep your resume updated. Continue to add new skills, courses, and achievements to your resume to highlight your latest work. Every time you change jobs or receive new credentials, add them to your resume. It is also a good idea to have a draft cover letter that is generalized for your skills and expertise. Once you start applying to jobs, you can customize as needed.
6. Be Prepared for Interviews
Practice answering some common interview questions, and be sure to do your research on the company you are interviewing with. Both of these things will help you be interview-ready. You should also have an interview outfit picked out and ready to go when the time comes. This will just save you some time. You should also have a list of references readily available as well.
7. Work With a Staffing Agency
Another great resource for passive job seekers is staffing agencies. When you submit your resume to an agency, your information will stay on file. They will reach out with potential job offers or opportunities to interview for new positions when they match your skillset and experience.
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