Searching for a job can feel like an uphill battle sometimes. The job market is vast, and often quite spread out, so it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start and how to go about looking for a vacancy that you would be able to successfully fill. To be successful, it is important that your job search is strategic and carefully planned out, so you maximise your chances of uncovering a new job opportunity. More conventional avenues of job search, such as job listing sites, are often inundated with applications, which make it quite difficult to get noticed. Taking the road less travelled, when it comes to looking for a job, may also be a great way to help improve your chances of being considered for a role.

Here are some of our top tips to maximise your job search and find a position best-suited to you:

1) Work With Recruiters & Labour Hire Companies

Recruiters and labour hire companies are employment experts. Many companies in a range of industries outsource the recruitment process to labour hire and recruitment agencies. Some industries that commonly use labour hire include, construction, mining, events, hospitality, and so on. Labour hire and recruitment agencies are often privy to a variety of job vacancies, before they get posted for the general public to see, and tasked with finding the best candidates for the position. This makes joining a labour hire agency or recruitment company beneficial, because once you're put in the database, they'll send job opportunities that match your skills and qualifications directly to you. With a labour hire or recruitment agency, you don't have to do the running around.

2) Take Advantage of Social Networking Sites

When searching for a job online, it is crucial  that you don't neglect social networking sites as a potential avenue to explore. Companies are increasingly building online presences for themselves and expanding the channels they use to highlight their job vacancies. It is becoming more and more common for companies and businesses to post available positions on their various social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. One of the most valuable networking sites for employment opportunities is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a platform where you can build a professional identity and network online. On LinkedIn, not only do you have the opportunity to see the positions that employers have made available on the dedicated jobs board, but also have employers come directly to you. For this to happen, it is important that your profile is constantly updated, polished and well-connected.

3) Tap into the Hidden Job Market

Just because a job isn't visible yet in the public domain, doesn't mean there isn't a vacancy there. There's no harm in cold-calling and searching out these employment opportunities for yourself. This shows initiative, drive and determination, which can work in your favour by making the employer more likely to consider you as a potential employee. Also, if you've searched out the job yourself, it's likely that not very many people will know about it, if at all. Thus, making it easier to get noticed due to the lack of competition.
Another way to tap into the hidden job market, is to utilise your network. Networks can be a rich source of employment, since your connections may be able to notify you of jobs you'd be suited for, or even recommend you for them. A recommendation or referral from a connection in your network, has the potential to boost your application and enhance its credibility.

If you're looking to join a labour hire company to help connect you directly with job opportunities, give Workfast a go today! Click here to sign up, or call 1300 824 403!

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