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80 Things You Can Do Today To Find the Job of Your Dreams

 

When people want to find their dream job they jump online, search for the job they want and submit their resume for the position along with everyone else who is doing exactly the same thing. This can work, but here are 84 things you should also use when you start to look for the job of your dreams.

Please note some of these ideas are extreme job search ideas so proceed with caution and keep an open mind. Want good job search karma coming your way? Pay it forward by sharing this article using the social media icons.

 

Improve the content on your resume – As a resume writer I see a lot of customers focus on design instead of content. You need to start adding achievements to your resume because this is what sells your resume to the employer. You can download a free resume questionnaire that will help you pinpoint your achievements here.

 

Upgrade to a designer resume – Once you have the content perfect, it’s time to work on the design. If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself you can purchase a ‘designer resume’. I particularly love the ones LOFT offers. They are AMAZING and you can get one for less than $100. You can see some of their designs here.

 

 

Improve you cover letter – Most cover letters are boring as bat shit to read. While it’s true only about 50% of employers actually bother to read them, you stand a better chance of getting noticed if you take the extra time to send a job specific one, rather than a generic puff piece.

 

Write a job search schedule and stick to it – I talk to a lot of people trying to find a new job. The thing is 80% of job seekers don’t treat finding a job as a job. If you are unemployed and looking for work, you need to be applying for positions from 9-5, Monday to Friday. Even if you are already employed you need to set a schedule of say one hour per day from 5-6pm to focus on your job search efforts.

 

 

Send out cold calling letters – This is so effective, yet very few people do it. Your competition on job seeker websites is fierce with over 150+ applicants for one position. One way around it is to set a goal of say 20 organisations a week and send them a letter and your resume. Your letter should make it clear that you really want to work there should a position become available. (Do not use email, I have split tested this and it is only really effective if you use traditional snail mail)

 

Make some cold calling phone calls – Just like writing a letter, this is when you give prospective employers a call and ask if they have any potential positions available. I find letter writing is more effective but this approach can still work provided that you can handle being told ‘no’ multiple times in an hour.

 

 

Go see the people you want to work with in person – This is my favourite approach for anyone looking for work in retail or hospitality. It is hands down the most effective job search method out there for kitchen, waiting and bar positions. Simply print off multiple copies of your resume and hit the pavement handing them out.

 

Get a LinkedIn Profile – LinkedIn is becoming more popular by the day. The biggest mistake I see is people don’t use a profile picture or don’t put any effort into their profile. Make sure you treat your profile like a resume and include all your achievements.  If you are going to do LinkedIn make sure you do it properly or it’s a complete waste of time.

 

 

Get endorsements on LinkedIn – LinkedIn give you the opportunity to endorse people for skills you know they have. It also gives users the opportunity to endorse you. If you haven’t already start endorsing your contacts for their skills so they return the favor – make sure you only endorse them for skills you know they have.

 

Post that you need a new job to Facebook – You can always post a status update letting your contacts know the sort of work you are looking for and asking if they know anyone. Of course, only do this if you don’t mind your current employer finding out about it. If you don’t want to post a status, try sending everyone a personal message instead.

 

 

Tweet that you need a new job – You can use a similar approach with Twitter (again, only if you don’t mind your current employer finding out about it). Tweet the sort of position you are looking or and ask anyone that might have a contact to tweet you back.

 

Send an email to all your contacts letting them know you want a new job – Building on social media, you can also send a person email to all your contacts asking them to forward your email to anyone that may be interested. Again be careful with this one if you don’t want your employer finding out.

 

 

Personally call your contacts and let them know you want a new job – Another approach is to personally call your contacts, let them know what you offer and what you want and ask if they have any contacts that may help.

 

Apply for jobs in the paper – Of course, there is also the traditional job search way of finding a job out of the paper. Most of you will already be doing this but if you haven’t started – now is a good time to get started.

 

 

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Apply for jobs on websites – If you haven’t already, make sure you check out job search websites such as Seek. The competition can be fierce but if you have a resume and cover letter ready to go, you can apply with the click of a button.

 

 

Sign up for a recruitment company – Get in touch with your local recruiters and introduce yourself. They usually make you fill out some forms and give you a quick interview so they have you on file if a suitable job turns up.

 

Get some interview coaching – There is always room for improvement and if you find yourself getting interviews but not getting the job, it’s a sign you might need some help. An interview coach can help and a quick Google search of your area will point you in the right direction.

 

 

Get professional written selection criteria– Most government positions require you to address some kind of criteria as part of your application. If you don’t have experience in this area and you find your application is getting overlooked it may be time to get some professional assistance.

 

Update your professional development – You don’t need accredited training to be able to list it under your professional development section on your resume. There some really great online training options available to help you update your skills in any area. Take some free courses through Udemy or Allison and add this to your professional development resume section.

 

 

Take a career test – Achievements sell resumes and one of the best things you can use to demonstrate your achievements is some kind of evidence to back up your claims. Do some career testing in your area of expertise and use the results to sell your resume.  Career tests also have the added bonus of helping you prepare for positions that will want to test you before you start. Try one here.

 

Do a course in job search techniques – Need to brush up your job search skills? It may be time to take a course to make sure your resume is the best it can be and you have been exploring all avenues. I offer a 100% free ‘Get The Job You Love’ program available for immediate access here

 

 

Get publicity in the paper – If you have an angle, the local paper may interview you for a story. Examples of angles include “I have 3 degrees and can’t get a job at McDonalds” or “I’ve submitted 5000 applications and still can’t get a job”.

 

See if you can get extra media attention – You may also be able to get media attention on the local news or current affair program using the same approach. Again, you will need an angle before you get in touch to pitch your story

 

 

Pull a stunt – If you don’t mind putting yourself out there, it’s always possible to pull off a stunt. Maybe you can hire a group of flash dancers to stage a dance outside the place you want to work. It can be risky, you can never be sure what the employer will think but it could also pay off.

 

Do some work experience – There is a mistaken belief that work experience is just for children. The truth is working for free for a limited time to gain experience also works for adults. At the very least you will have some more experience to add to your resume. They may even offer you a full time job if you impress them enough.

 

Move – I’ve relocated to advance my career three times successfully. The trick is to choose locations that a) no one else wants to live in b) are very small and remote and have a limited number of suitable candidates or c) have a transient population where people move on every few years creating new job opportunities.

 

 

Start your own business – If you can’t find the job of your dreams, you can always create one instead. With the internet going from strength to strength, it’s now possible to start your own business with less than $100. You can read my post on 100 Business Ideas for $100 here.

 

Take an advertisement out in the paper – Most parts of the newspapers have a section where job seekers can take out an advertisement advertising their services and availability. If you have the cash, you may want to take out premium advertising space for extra effectiveness.

 

 

Take an advertisement out on radio – Using a similar approach you can also advertise on the radio. This rarely happens so you may have the added bonus of getting interviewed by the station for free publicity.

 

Pin your resume to noticeboards – I used this approach with success when working my way around Australia as part of a working holiday. You may want to blot your your phone number and just use an email address instead to cut out prank calls and dodgy employers. (Also make sure you list references on request so they don’t end up with random strangers calling their mobile)

 

 

Set up your own website and blog about your job search – If you have time to spare and reasonable computer literacy you could also start your own blog and blog about your job search efforts to get attention. Blogs take work to get noticed so for this to be any good you will need to promote it on your social media channels

 

Write a desperate letter – Of course, if you are applying for positions and not getting a response you can always write a brutally honest letter about how you need a job to feed your children, fund your drinking etc……………..most employers won’t want to know you but every so often someone will appreciate your honesty and at least meet with you.

 

 

Write an ‘out there’ letter – Taking it a step further, you can always write a totally wacky cover letter. It doesn’t have to be totally out there. You may include a joke or personal info about how you are a GOT addict – just something different to stand out in the crowd.

 

Update your make up and wardrobe – Before your next interviews take some time to update your make up or your wardrobe. The more confident we feel, the more confident we act and since confidence is so attractive to the employer, this may give you the extra 1% you need to get the job.

 

 

Watch some You Tube videos for job ideas – YouTube can be a fantastic resource on everything from interview tips to resume writing help. Next time you need help, do a quick search of YouTube and see if you can learn or update a new job hunting skill

 

Sign up at an employment agency – Employment agencies are different to recruitment agencies. With recruitment agencies the employer is usually the client, with an employment agency you are. You have to pay for their services but they usually have one ear to the ground and can give you some tailor made tips for your job search, along with resume and interview writing. Many will also write up an entire career strategy for you to follow based on your chosen profession.

 

 

Research your industry extensively and compile a report on it – If you have the skills needed to write a research paper, you could research your industry and write and publish a report on it on the internet.  Once the report is published, you could email potential employers that may be interested in the report with a link to it and follow up a week later to let them know you are looking for employment

 

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Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work and ask if they can help you – I mean everybody from the car mechanic to the lady that sells you your milk. Everyone is connected to somebody. You never know – the guy that services your car may have an aunty in a management position where you want to work.

 

Snail mail your applications as well as email them – When you apply for a job in the paper or online, snail mail a copy of your application as well. This means they get a second chance to read how fabulous you are, in case they missed it the first time

 

 

Make up work wanted business cards – Entrepreneurs have business cards that they hand out to find potential clients. There is no reason you can’t get cheap business cards made up and hand them out to people you network with or talk to. At least this way they have your contact details if they know someone who has an opening.

 

Use FiverrFiverr has a whole bunch of marketing and advertising services from $5. You can hire someone to pin a work wanted notice all over a busy train station, create a video advertisement, create a radio advertisement, proofread your cover letter for typos etc.

 

 

Use LinkedIn – We have talked about LinkedIn before, but this time I’m talking about using it to network. You can reach out to your contacts and ask for introductions to people they are connected with who may have openings.

Replace TV with job search – How many hours of non-essential TV do you watch a week just to unwind? Set a goal of replacing TV time with job search time and watch what happens.

 

Hire Elance To Do Your Job Search –Elance allows you to post jobs that you need done and applicants from around the world submit a bid for your job. If you don’t have time to update your LinkedIn profile or submit applications, Elance has access to low cost virtual assistants who will do it for you.

 

 

Download your resume questionnaire and use it for interview – Next time you have an interview take some time to prepare in advance. Simply download the resume questionnaire (you can get it from here), write out your responces and chances are next time an interviewer asks a tricky question you will already have an answer that fits the question stored in your memory bank

 

Keep a log of everything you do on your computer – Every time you do a new course, learn a new computer system, get your key performance report, feedback from a client or meet your sales targets write this information down on your computer somewhere and keep it stored in a safe place. This way when it’s time to do your resume, you will already have all the information you need and won’t have to try and remember it all. It’s easy to think you will remember the name of the accounting software you are using right now, but chances are – five years down the track you won’t remember what it was called

 

 

Go back to school – We have already talked about updating your professional development section. This time have a think about formal qualifications such as university degrees and TAFE courses that you could do to increase your career prospects. Can you become an external student or do night school?

 

Attend events – You can also attend events in your industry. These could include specific networking events, training, seminars or other places that give you an opportunity to connect with others in your field.

 

 

Check Gumtree– You can also check online classified sites such as Gumtree and Craigs List for possible job openings. You may also choose to advertise in  their work wanted section. Childcare and farming workers seem to always be in demand on these sites.

 

Check Your Facebook Profile Pic and Privacy Settings – One thing you can do right now is to check the privacy settings on your Facebook account to make sure it’s set to private. Why you are at it, check your profile picture and make sure it’s not a pic of you smoking a joint or anything else that could cause issues. A recent employer survey showed that half of all employers snoop at an applicant’s Facebook page before making a final hiring decision.

 

 

Google Yourself – Why you are at it, you may want to Google yourself and make sure there isn’t anything negative about you on the front page. If there is you can pay a service to try and have it removed or flood the internet so the listing moves down the page.

 

Try EFT to boost confidence – If you always get attacked by nerves when it comes to interview time, you might like to try the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as tapping to combat the nerves. There isn’t enough room here to go into it, but thousands of people swear by it and a simple Google search should bring up some videos showing you what to do.

 

 

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Get a haircut/blowdry – I don’t know about you, but a blow dry from the hairdresser is probably my no-fail way to boost my confidence. I get it done before any big business meetings but having it done before an interview will increase you confidence and have the added bonus of making you look perfectly polished.

 

 

Read a career book – If you feel like you could use some extra assistance in your job search, it may be time to hit the books at your local library. I really like ‘Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office’ and What Color Is Your Parachute’.

Attend job expo – Most cities run a career expo at least once a year where you can meet with prospective employers, learn about the job search agencies available in your area and get free advice on your chosen career path. Also lots of stalls give out samples bags and who doesn’t love a free pen (or maybe that’s just me)

 

Wage subsidies – If you live in Australia, the government offers wage subsidies for some eligible job seekers. This means they subsidise any employer that takes you for part of the wage – making you more attractive to the potential employer. Check out your options by getting in touch with your local government run employment agency.

 

 

Market stall – If you don’t mind being out in the public you can always print up hundreds of copies of your resume, hire a stall at your local market and make a ‘work wanted’ sign. You never know who might be there and they may just applaud your resourcefulness.

 

Tshirt – You can also print off a ‘Work Wanted’ T-shirt and wear it whenever you are out in public. It might be a good idea to also list in bullets the sort of work you are looking for. You never know, the person walking behind you may have just lost their waitress/bar tender/assistant.

 

 

Networking Group – This is more of a traditional approach. It’s when you attend specific networking events related to your industry to make contacts and possibly network your way into a new position. Industry forums and workshops could also be beneficial.

 

Facebook advertising – Most people use Facebook advertising to sell their business to customers, but there is nothing to stop you using it to target potential employers. Facebook has great targeting capabilities with the ability to target advertising based on industry. You can always run an advertisement linked to your resume. Also Facebook advertising is very cheap with the ability to only pay when someone clicks on your advertisement.

 

 

Signature email – You can also add a signature to your personal email saying something along the lines of what sort of job you ae looking for  with a quick blurb about your experience. Just don’t reply to your current boss with your home email unless they already know you are looking.

 

Check the phone number on your resume – This seems so basic but I have on occasion received a resume that has the wrong phone number listed on it. The resume’s owner has usually contacted me because they aren’t getting a response and they think there must be something wrong with it when the only wrong thing is a typo – one digit can make all the difference.

 

 

Delete cute emails addresses – Please also check the email you are using, Many of us are still using the email address we made as teenagers. Supersexylegs or f*ck mylife may have seemed like a cool username at the time, but it’s time to get a new one.

 

Finder Fees – You could also hold a competition or offer a finder’s fee for anyone that gets you an interview through their contacts. Offering $50 to your contacts to network your way into an interview is a surefire way to make your contacts sit up and take a look at who they know that could offer you a job.

 

 

Send a shoe – It’s worked before. The basic idea is to send a shoe along with your resume and a note attached saying ‘just wanted to get my foot in the door’. It won’t work for everyone, but it will get you attention and hopefully enough to get you an interview

 

Volunteer Work – Volunteer work is a great way to increase your experience in an area, looks great on a resume and you get to help out in the community at the same time. It’s a win, win win. It also allows networking possibilities and the chance to add a new reference to your list.

 

 

Job Search Balloons – Want to work in childcare as a Nanny or rack up more babysitting hours? Hit someplace with loads of kids, print your contact information and what sort of position you want on a balloon and start handing them out. You can easily hire a helium tank from any party supply place.

Pinterest – You could start a board on Pinterest and include infographics on the skills you can bring to the job. It’s a long shot but if you have exhausted every other avenue, you have nothing to lose from trying.

 

Facebook Groups – We have already talked about your own profile and advertising but you could also look for networking groups in your area and post about the sort of position you want. In my city there are plenty of ‘work wanted’ groups that match employers with jobseekers at no charge.

 

 

Lulu Book Publishing – You have two options with this. You can self-publish a book that would benefit your industry, add it to your resume and send free hardcopies to prospective employers as a gift with your resume or you could self-publish a novel on what you can offer an employer (like a really long extended resume with heaps of details) and send this with your resume. It’s unlikely they will read it all the way but it will get their attention.

 

Press Releases – This is an extension of the ‘free publicity’ we have already spoken about. You could write your cover letter up as a ‘press release’ instead to get points for creativity or you could find an angle of your job search that media outlets would be interested in and send out a press release to drum up some publicity.

 

 

You Tube Videos – Alternatively you could create a series of You Tube videos showcasing why you are the best person for the job and include a link in your cover letter.  If you have excellent personal presentation skills and something interesting to say this could work.

 

Podcasts – Similar to putting a link in your cover letter to a You Tube video you could also create a podcast and link to it. This may be a better option if you sound ok but don’t want to put yourself in front of a camera.

 

 

Check Haro and Sourcebottle for leads – Haro and Sourcebottle match up media outlets with people to interview for their articles. Signing up for alerts is free and you can keep an eye on them and see if anyone wants to interview an expert in your industry and pitch yourself to them. This gives you another achievement to add to your resume.

 

Library talks – Local libraries are often looking for speakers that would interest members of the community. Try pitching a talk on a subject matter in your industry. It will allow you to network, build up a positive reputation and add public speaking to your resume.

 

 

Free community event talks – Similar to the Library idea, you could try pitching your ideas at community events, for community organisations or at local schools or universities if they are a good match for your industry.  Again, it allows you opportunities to network, helps position you as an expert in your field and allows you to add some new achievements to your resume.

 

Nominate awards – You could also nominate yourself for awards in your industry to gain extra publicity, add something new to your resume and give you the chance to network at industry events. You never know you might even win.

 

 

Adwords Advertising – Similar to Facebook advertising you could also try Google Adwords. Again it allows you to pay per click but it doesn’t offer the same targeting as opportunities as Facebook.

 

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