Non Standard Methods of job searching

If you are a student and you want to find your first job in a sphere of your dreams there are several methods you can employ to achieve this.

The first method is well-known and well used, for the benefit of this write-up, we are going to call it the usual standard or the traditional method. This method simply involves you putting together your resume and sending it to all the companies you want to work for. It is simple enough and seems to produce amazing results, you know this method already, so it’s not news. But if you are looking for new ways of getting a job, here are the best and most non-standard ways of getting a job.

Hand out leaflets with your resume near the office of the company of your dream

This is certainly an unorthodox way of getting a job, but then it is no worse than spamming people on social media and hoping they get in touch with you and give you a job. There are thousands of people right now that are trying to contact employers over social media and think they are the only ones that have thought of it. Most people do it because of articles like this telling them it is a good idea, but it’s not so hot if everybody is doing it. If you go around your local area handing out your CV to passersby, then you are probably going to fail, but your successes will be far juicer than if you go begging on social media.

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Pros
If you have an impact, it will be a powerful one
It increases your chances of getting a job you didn’t think you could
Nobody else will be doing it

Cons
Your success depends on being lucky enough to have the right person walk by
You will probably waste your time
People will call you and prank you into thinking you have a job

Diligence is the mother of good luck -Benjamin Franklin

Go directly to the office

It is possible to get around the red tape and see the hiring staff in person. You should not lie to get in, but you should consider simply asking to see the boss of the company or even the owner. Again, do not misrepresent yourself or claim to be something you are not, but they do not walk in saying, “Can I have a job?” because at the most you will meet the secretary.

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Pros
It puts you ahead of the competition
It is ideal for people who are very good socially
Some people are able to talk themselves into a job

Cons
It can be a very fast way of making a lot of enemies
It requires a lot of charm and social skill
It is difficult to make it work

There is no luck except where there is discipline – Irish Proverb

Keep in touch with people

You are going to meet people in college, people as an intern, and people who know members of your family, and sometimes they are going to be helpful in your career. You can usually keep in touch with them over the Internet and via social media so that when the time comes you can use these people to get what you want.

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Pros
It gets you into people’s inner circle
It is about whom you know rather than what you know
It can make getting a job very easy

Con
A lot of the people you invest time in will never be able to help you
It is possible to invest a lot of time and have nothing to show for it
There is a chance the person you are in touch with will turn against you

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work – Harry Golden

Be a volunteer

You can volunteer for a job with the hopes you get enough experience for them to give you a job. They usually call this being an intern, which is just another way of saying you work for free with the hopes your internship gives you enough experience to get you a job in the future.

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Pros
It is a frequently used way of getting a job
You do earn experience you can put on your CV
It is possible to create helpful connections in the company

Cons
It is another way a company can make you work for free
You do not get much respect as an intern
Many interns leave without much experience beyond what they write on their CV

The day you decide to do, it is your lucky day Japanese – Proverb

Learn the names of the staff and contact them personally

It is difficult in some cases, but not that difficult if you know what you are doing. How you learn the names of the staff and their contact information is up to you. It is very easy to look on LinkedIn at the names of the employees. You may also know people who work at the job of your dreams. Set up fake social media profiles and use each to try to make friends with different employees online. Once you have created your faux friendship, have that profile recommend you (your genuine profile) for a job. It works better if the fake profiles you set up are of very hot women or men.

Pros
It cuts through a lot of red tape
You can learn more than your competitors
Valuable information may be learnt

Cons
It can be difficult
Sometimes it leads to dead ends
It is very time-consuming

Turn up on interview day

This is a cheeky way of getting a job. Apply and wait for an interview, but if you do not get one then go on the interview day anyway. Find out when it is by getting to know other people who have applied and checking posts on social media that may give you a clue, and turn on when they are interviewing a bunch of people. Claim that you were asked to come alone, and even give as many uncheckable specifics as you can. Now, all you have to do is wow them at the interview.

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Pros
If they have had a bad run of applicants, you may get the job
It is rather easy to do once you know what day they are interviewing
You can make friends whilst you are there and use them next time

Cons
You may be thrown out or embarrassed
It takes a lot of courage to do it this way
You may be wasting your time and you have to kick up a fuss if you want an interview

Conclusion

One of the best things to consider when you are trying new and innovative ways to get a job is that your own creativity is the only limit. Try to think how you would feel if the things you were doing were done to you. Maybe you would be impressed if somebody gave you his or her CV on the street, or maybe you would look upon it as if it were yet more trash.

Think about how you would act and react to what you are doing, and ask yourself what you would want a future employee to do to get the job. Showing initiative and tenacity is a good start, but what else would you ask for from your future employee? Figure this stuff out, and you will not have to rely on standard methods to get your job.

Laura Jonson’s BIO
Laura Jonson is a creative writer and career advisor. Her passion is learning and self-improvement. Now she is content creator on assignment writing service AssignmentMasters. In the future, she is planning to publish her book dedicated to career building.

2 Comments

  1. Taiwo Adeyemi says:

    It got clearer when I saw the name and byline of the writer. I was wondering if the writer was a Nigerian and if the writer actually had Nigeria in mind while writing it.

    • Stellamaris Obomanu says:

      Lol, Adeyemi I totally understand you. Ngcareers is expanding and we hope she goes beyond the shores of Africa.

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