With the internet becoming an integral part of any career search, job seekers are also finding that they are inundated with various job search tips, potential connections and a new way to discover opportunities. However, this flood of new resources has also left some bewildered and anxious that they won’t be able to leverage this information to find a job.
The answer? Try narrowing your search to those opportunities within your niche, according to Amit De, CEO and co-founder of job search platform Careerleaf.
De wrote in Mashable that focusing your job search on a specialized area can lead to a breakthrough in your job hunt, and ultimately increase your chances of landing not only a job, but one that you are passionate about and eager to begin. By developing your job search to cater to the needs of the specific industry you’re after, you can benefit by touting the exact qualities that make you the perfect hire. What’s more, by moving away from broad job boards, you’ll likely find your job search will be revamped with a new vigor.
One of the best things you can do is to simply focus your networking strategy to include as many contacts within your niche as possible. While hanging around on job boards is helpful, it is no replacement for getting out there and making contacts. However, mingling with anyone and everyone may not get you a foot in the door in your preferred industry. What you can do is restructure your networking strategy to identify the major players within your desired industry and go to them for guidance, information, resources and further contacts.
“Successful networkers have a strategy and goals when it comes to building meaningful professional relationships,” De wrote. “Completely immerse yourself in your industry by attending industry networking events, conferences, seminars and webinars. Listen to and learn from every one of your networking connections and start building a foundation to be a thought leader in your industry.”
According to U.S. News and World report, volunteering in your niche is also a great way to focus your job searching efforts on one industry. Not only will it introduce you to contacts, volunteering while in between jobs is great for your morale, looks good on a resume and is also one of the best ways to learn new skills that could further increase your chances of finding your desired position.