Most people look for jobs on job boards and LinkedIn. But there are many other ways to find potential business and professional opportunities. You may find that it helps to get away from depending solely on the traditional job search avenues, and seek out employers and individuals that can help you find work in the future.
Five Strategies to Expand Your Job Search Opportunities:
The following are some ideas that you can consider for meeting new people. By expanding your professional network you increase your job search potential.
1. Get Out There
You’d be surprised how many people you can meet simply by taking part in any type of activity. Joining a bowling league can help you connect with as many as 50 new people, all of whom are also interested in meeting new people for their own personal and professional growth. Consider any opportunity to get out there and meet people, including sporting activities, volunteering, community events, and large social gatherings.
2. Be a Guest Speaker
If you have some type of expertise perhaps other people would like to learn more about it. Consider providing guest speaking or presenting opportunities – for free – with organizations and groups that may be interested in learning from you. This helps present you as an expert in front of a large number of people, thus expanding your social network.
3. Be Liberal About Your LinkedIn Additions
LinkedIn is specifically there as a way to grow professionally. If you meet someone, and you’d like to connect more with them, add them with a personal note. If they have any interest in communicating with you, they’ll add you back and the two of you can determine ways to assist each other’s career goals.
Ask Your Friends for Introductions
Your friends have friends of their own. Asking them for an introduction is a great way to meet someone new, while also receiving the personal recommendation that comes from sharing a mutual friend. Part of having a social network of any kind is to expand, and asking friends is sometimes a simple, easy way to do it.
4. Attend Job Fairs & Networking Events
There are career fairs & networking events that occur every month, in every city. Perhaps this is the year you decide to attend at least one. Job fairs connect you directly with employers. They are a simple, already available strategy for finding work, especially in the early stages of your career. Networking event offer you opportunities to connect with others trying to achieve the same thing as you.
5. Meet People – Expand Your Network
Anyone that is committed to their professional growth is interested in connecting with people that are also looking for the same things. That is why the most important thing you can do is simply get out there and be open to meeting new people. Even those you meet in your personal circle can one day be benefits to your professional circle, but the only way you’ll know is if you meet them.