Today’s job market grows dynamically, which, depending on the field, brings about either lesser or greater difficulties in candidate selection. Current employment market’s conditions point to a change of strategy in job search: future candidates should dismiss sending applications and plunge into a more complex search. The direct search method is not restricted to the recruitment consultants’ use – those searching for a job may benefit from it as well. So, how can a candidate use the direct search method to his advantage?
According to the author’s advice in What Colour is Your Parachute? 2014 Edition: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career Changers book, job candidates ought to cease searching for another and another company to apply to and ultimately, give up on sending applications. Instead, Richard M. Bolles suggests contacting people who may recommend you to the employer, be it either your former supervisors or target company’s staff. For potential employers, offering a job to a candidate that already has even a short-term employment record with the company, being previously commissioned for a project or to a person recommended by a reliable staff member seems less risky than hiring someone from the outside. When we are finally invited to an interview, it is best to have something to certify your skills. As far as programmers are concerned, a sample of code or a designed software should be more than enough. While those applying for a copywriter position should consider interviewing with samples of writing at hand, photographers or architect ought to carry a portfolio.
Incidentally, the direct search method may be used to exceed its original purpose, namely one can contact headhunters, instead of waiting for a contact from them. Sending a resume to the recruitment agency also increases the odds of finding an interesting job offer. According to the author of the manual, the deciding factor in job placement is the level of risk ensuing the recruitment of the unknown candidate. Therefore, a person looking for a job should seek ways to prove his credibility, reliability and market value.