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Unexpected Places to Take Your Job Search

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The recent-grad job search is an exhausting game. There are only so many times you can scroll through the same job listings on Monster and not go completely insane. You think you’re doing everything right: you’ve perfected your resume, you’ve tapped into your network, you’ve done your time at plenty of unpaid internships, but you still haven’t landed that perfect position. While it may seem like you’ve exhausted all of your options, you may be surprised to find that there are some untapped, unexpected places to take your job search. 

Industry Organizations:
If you know what industry you want to get a job in, do a little sleuthing and identify trade organizations in your area. These organizations are in the business of promoting their industries, and can be great resources for job seekers! Check out their websites for open industry events like conferences, cocktail parties, seminars, open houses, lunch and learns, and more. Some of these websites will even have job boards themselves.

These are also great locations to get names of businesses and decision-makers you may want to contact as well. Just look for a membership list, board of directors list, or something similar for a well-curated list of contacts for you to pursue.

Social Media:
We all know that networking is an essential career tool, but have you been utilizing your online presence to get the most out of networking? Social media is a valuable tool when you’re networking, especially when looking for a job. While it’s possible to tap into any social network to better a job search, Twitter and LinkedIn are the job search gold mines.

LinkedIn, obviously, is built to optimize professional connections and enhance your job search. But Twitter should not be overlooked, especially if you are looking at a career in a very “plugged-in” industry like advertising, technology, or a start-up of any sort. (This goes without saying, but make sure you’re social media pages are workforce-ready before you decide to use them as a self-promotion tool!)

Start following companies you want to work for, and employees at those companies, and start interacting! Comment on links they post, start conversations about questions they ask, and be a part of twitter chats that they regularly host. Become a name that they recognize. This will benefit you in a number of ways. You’ll be familiar to them throughout the application process, you’ll be top of mind when they’re looking for new hires, and you’ll already have proven yourself as someone invested in the industry and what is up and coming in their field. If you still have doubts, check out this video from Rosianna and Sanne about their job search and now social media and networking helped them land their dream positions. 

Online Articles:
List articles aren’t just useful ways to tell your Facebook friends what Game of Thrones character you would be. Believe it or not, they’re also a great way to look for jobs! While you may not find a lead on BuzzFeed, search local publications and their “best of” lists to find companies that might be up your alley. Interested in working at an up-and-coming start-up? Try searching for a list of the most promising start-ups in your city. Looking for great company culture? Search for lists identifying the best places to work in your region.

Tailor your search to your industry or what is important to you in a company you work for. Once you’ve identified companies you’re interested in, check their websites for job listings. Nothing available? Send a note telling them how excited you are by the work they’re doing (along with your resume, of course). You never know, the perfect opportunity may be just one email away!

Specialized Organizations:
Searching by industry is not the only way to find professional organizations looking to help you through the job search. Organizations like Levo League are founded to assist Gen Y professional women. Check out their online network or look to see if there is a local levo branch in your area. Most regions also host young professionals networking events hosted by a young professional society or the Chamber of Commerce. Look for events like this in your area for networking or other job search opportunities. 

Your Own Website:
A great way of showing potential employers that you not only have the experience to step into a position, but the drive to go above and beyond, is to work a side hustle that is in the view of potential employers. Keep your personal blog updated with weekly content relevant to your field of interest. Fill your online resume with glowing reviews from former clients or employers.

Position yourself as an expert in your field that is always on the cutting edge and, therefore, extremely desirable. This action will not only get you in the right circles, talking to the right people, and having the right conversations, but who knows, maybe you’ll be able to turn your side hustle into a full time gig!

The process of looking for that perfect position may be rough, but finding a job you are passionate about with a company you love can be completely worth the wait. 

Have you ever gotten a job in a unique way? Tell us your story in the comments!

About the Author


Caroline holds a B.A. in English Literature from Westminster College in Fulton, MO. She is a copywriter and currently works for a midwest-based jewelry company. Caroline loves reading, traveling, binge watching anything on Netflix and elevating everyday life.

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