Last month I lost my Job. I reached out to my boss asking how I could replace a company badge that I just lost, he replied telling me that I was getting laid off. Well, this sucks...
Shortly after getting off the call, I immediately dropped everything I was doing and went into "find a job" mode. Four weeks later, I'm happy to say that I just signed an offer for a company and I am set to start next week. During this time I filled out zero job applications, and the only place I looked was LinkedIn. So how did I do it?
First, let me tell you why I didn't apply to any jobs via the standard "Job Application". It's because the standard way of applying to jobs, especially in the tech industry is a waste of your time unless you are fresh out of college looking for a role.
Think about this. Every job you apply to in the traditional sense will require 2-3 things: A job application, a resume, and possibly a cover letter. Even if you streamlined these three things, you are still applying to 1 job at a time, with no way of knowing if your application will even be seen, and even if your application is seen, there are numerous other things that may prevent you from landing that job.
Tech recruiters can sometimes get a bad rap in our field, there's even entire subreddits devoted to covering their shenanigans. There are certainly bad apples out there but for the most part, when it comes to hiring, a recruiter is your best friend.
Going back to applying for jobs. You will still apply to jobs, except this time instead of filling our applications yourself and hoping to get a response. You have an agent doing all of that for you and letting you know which jobs want to move forward with an interview and those that aren't interested.
If you decide to go apply to jobs manually, you will quickly encounter a bottleneck in that you can physically only apply to so many jobs in a day. However when talking to recruiters, the rapid velocity comes not when you have one recruiter working for you, but many.
During my search, I reached out to ~100 recruiters, got a reply from ~30, and ended up working with ~15. While the initial reach out can be tedious, a few hours of work and you have basically hired an entire department to find you a new gig.
At this point, you've outsourced all the grunt work in applying to jobs and all that's left for you is to manage it. Managing this is very easy: schedule phone calls, reply to emails and then go to the interviews that recruiters have set up for you.
Know when to say no to a job: Not every job that a recruiter has available will be a good fit for you. Unless you're dying for a job and nothing else is coming it, say no when you see a job you don't like or don't think you'll be hired to. There will always be more roles out there.
Recruiters know you're doing this: Recruiters will ask if you are working with other recruiters. Just be honest and tell them the truth. Some will not like it and drop you, most will understand.
Email templates help speed things up: Recruiters often ask the same questions: "can you email me your resume", "can you send me times you're free to talk", etc. To save myself the time I created templates for all of these messages so replying was a simple as plugging in the recruiter's email into the template and hitting send.
That's all for now folks. Comment down below with your stategy to finding work.