If you’re applying for jobs where there is a lot of competition, for example those in the media or environment, adopting a creative approach to job hunting can really help your chances of landing your dream job! Put simply, the creative career search involves adopting a proactive approach to researching careers and/or making job applications.
Rather than being passive (reading information and browsing online) and reactive (waiting for a vacancy to be posted before making an application), you take the initiative in finding out what is involved in a career or about potential job opportunities.
One advantage of this approach is that it can help you to access jobs which are not advertised, which in some sectors, such as the media, is the majority of jobs!
So, if a job is not being advertised how can you find out about possible opportunities within an organisation? A key skill which can help you to do this is to learn to network. Networking involves more than just talking to people, it’s about having purposeful conservations. For example, if you meet someone who works in a role or organisation you are interested in you could ask them, ‘how they got into their role?’ , or ‘if the organisation is planning to recruit in the future?’ or ‘What they look for in employees? ’
Other incredibly useful tools in the creative career search include social media, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to name a few. These sites give you one of the best and most effective ways to find people working in the sectors that interest you, make connections, gather information and discover opportunities.
If you have made a good impression you may be asked to send a copy of your CV in case an opportunity becomes available. An excellent CV, which is targeted to a sector, and which sells your skills is a crucial component in the creative career search. Don’t put off updating your CV as you never know when a fantastic opportunity may arise.
Whilst your dream job may never be advertised on a conventional jobs website, there are many ways you can make your dream a reality.
More information is available from the Careers and Employability Service publication ‘The Creative Career Search’.