If you have exhausted traditional ways of looking of a job or you have had no replies from companies, here are 3 additional ways to boost your job search:
1. Re-examine your Cover Letter and CV
If you have had no call-backs from companies, it is time to re-examine your cover letter and CV. Are you giving off the wrong impression? Are you highlighting all your key strengths and accomplishments? (Additional tips on how to improve your resume here). It leaves a negative impression if you keep re-sending your application. So try and get it right the first time!
If you don’t get a call-back, you can follow-up once (at most twice) to enquire about your application status. If you continually don’t get a response, just take the hint and leave it. Otherwise, you may end up on a HR blacklist.
2. Apply for internships or contract positions
Apply for internships or contract positions. Companies are more willing to take a chance on interns / temp staff / contract positions and from there, do your best to wow your employers and grab the opportunity to get converted into a full-time position.
Participate in company-sponsored competitions and attend company-organized events or talks. These are ways to get noticed by your dream company and to convey your continued interest in getting hired by the company. You can also contact people who work in the company via Linkedin or email and ask if they would be available for a quick coffee chat.
3. Cold Emails
If you have a dream company in mind and they are not hiring, there is no harm in cold emailing HR or even to managers direct. Even if they aren’t hiring, you have now alerted them of your presence and to keep you in mind for future positions. This can also turn out to be a useful networking opportunity. If you choose to email managers direct, be extra mindful that you are polite (and not pushy) in your approach. Always follow-up with a thank you email even if they cannot be of assistance at the moment.