You have a job so you are set, right? Wrong! Given the uncertainties of today’s economy and job market, does anyone truly have 100% job security?
The goal is to become a passive job seeker. This is someone who is currently working and not necessarily looking for something new—but would consider a great opportunity if one comes along. Top recruiters are always looking for the best candidate to fill open positions, and often the perfect person already has a job.
Becoming a passive candidate also makes it easier to get a new job if you suddenly lose your current one.
Here are somethings to keep in mind for as a passive job seeker.
1. Keep your social media networks up-to-date.
Whether you are an IT person or a teacher, it is important that you stay current with your social media. This is how recruiters and employers are going to find you. That being said, keep your profiles and messages professional. There is nothing worse than a a recruiter or employer checking you out on Facebook and seeing all your pictures are of you partying.
The most important of these networks is LinkedIn. Keep your resume and contact information visible and current.
2. Position yourself as an industry expert.
Create an industry specific blog that is constantly updated, join and participate in industry specific LinkedIn groups and post interesting content on Twitter and Facebook. This make you look like you are an expert, and by doing research you will learn more about your industry. Employers like to hire experts, and recruiters are constantly looking for them as well.
3. Get involved in your industry’s top associations.
Join professional groups and organizations that are specific to your industry. If you are in public relations and you are not in PRSA, you should be. Joining these groups, staying active and becoming a leader looks will make you stand out from the crowd. You are also more likely to hear about “hidden” opportunities. And you will cultivate a great network for mutual referrals and recommendations.
You can find these groups by asking around, or use Meetup.com to search by industry-related keywords.
4. Always network!
Continue to network with your peers. Even if you are happy with the job you have, do not stop networking. Expand you network. Some of
In a world where who you know is sometimes better than what you know, networking remains the most important activity to engage in regularly.the best jobs are not advertised, and an employee referral may be the only way to get an interview.
There you have it! No one wants to face the day when they are suddenly out of a job, but if you follow these simple rules, you shouldn’t have to be without one for long. And who knows, you may even find something better.