Recruitment: Five unconventional ways to find your next job

Beef Central, 31/10/2013


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GOING in search of a new job can be onerous, especially if the job seeker has exhausted all the traditional channels and has still yet to find the role of their dreams.

However, thinking outside the box is sometimes just what is needed: not all jobs are listed in recruitment classifieds or posted on websites, so that perfect position could be just ‘out there waiting to be found.’

With dozens of qualified applicants vying for every opening, searching classifieds or online job boards will only take the job seeker so far. Finding that next dream job, and soon, may need creativity and tenacity.

Instead of hoping to stumble onto their dream job, the job seeker may be better served deciding what they want in a position, and what they need to do to convince employers to take a chance on them.

Here are some ideas for different ways to look for that next role, regardless of the type of work the job seeker is looking for:



Networking is a concept that has been around in the business world for some time now, but the truth is it can make a real difference to the job search.

Find out if there are any local networking events that you can attend and sign yourself up – this will give you the opportunity to speak to people in your chosen industry and get yourself known.

Maybe even have some business cards made up with your contact details, so if any position does become available, a recruiter or HR manager will know how to get in touch.

Send out your CV

Your CV is not likely to be doing much good if it's sat on your computer where nobody can see it, so don't be afraid to send it out to companies with a letter outlining that you are looking for work.

Even if there aren't any positions available at the moment, chances are they will keep your CV on file and contact you when there is.

Use social media

An increasing number of organisations are using social media to advertise positions when they become available, so make sure you are logging in regularly to find out what and where they are.

Becoming a fan of industry-related pages on Facebook and join these groups on Linkedin and Twitter will help make sure you are always in the loop.

Follow employers you’d like to work for on these sites, keeping an eye out for opportunities to interact directly with decision-makers at the company. For example, inquire about the company’s plans for the future or reply to questions company representatives pose to the public. Also, search for individuals who work at these companies and invite them to connect with you online.

Get Your Foot in the Door

A full-time position isn’t the only route you can take to secure a job. Consider alternatives such as contract work, internships, volunteering or temporary employment. If you want to work in the non-profit sector, for example, sign up as a volunteer for a fundraising event. If the organisation’s director sees you in action, he might have faith in what you can do for his team.

Contact companies you’d like to work for and ask about freelance / work experience opportunities. Once you prove yourself, employers might turn to you first when they need to hire someone.

Market Yourself

Encourage employers to come to you by raising your professional profile. This could include writing for industry publications, speaking or asking questions at industry gatherings or serving as an expert source for journalists.

Start a blog or maintain a profile on prominent social networking sites. Use these venues to offer advice or commentary on news and events within your profession.


AWX director Cameron Dart says it’s important to keep your message tightly focused on your occupation and on the kind of position you hope to find.

“If you establish yourself as an expert in a field – regardless of how specific – employers might come knocking on your door, eager to see how your knowledge and skill can benefit their companies.”

Somebody with good experience working in an induction team at a feedlot, for example, might offer some online ‘do’s and don’ts’ over correct vaccination or implant procedures.


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