The Best Job Site You’re Not On

In follow up to my previous post, finding jobs that are a good fit are easy. Getting in contact with a recruiter is hard.

LinkedIn is the preferred site for most recruiters and job seekers because professional profiles are easily accessible (plus more updated and better looking than resumes) and normally there’s a listed job poster you can send an invitation to connect with.

The challenge with LinkedIn is most people will accept your invitation to connect, but go silent. Back to the cat analogy, recruiters will contact you when they want something, but when you desire to reach them they’re nowhere to be found.

A month ago someone contacted me on AngelList about a role and I forgot I signed up on their site. It was a position I was interested in so I contacted them back. *Crickets* but this story has a happy ending…

Once I started browsing around I liked the company profiles, job listings, visible salaries/equity and most of all the application process. If you select the apply now button you can send an optional message to the person posting about why you are interested in the role.

After understanding the functionality, I updated my profile since that’s what companies see (not a resume or application questions). Once sent you wait until the poster contacts you to state there’s a “match” or mutual interest.

Now you’re in contact with the decision maker. The process is very similar to Instagram’s DM where you can contact a company without any prior connections made.

As someone without a technology background this site has been more helpful than any other job site I’ve used. So if you do have tech experience or making a career change into tech AngelList is where you want to be seen.

Most job sites have filters based on keywords so your application and resume may never make it to the intended destination. Let’s be honest, people don’t get hired for written applications/resumes. Interviews separate the men from the boys.

By lowering the barrier to entry AngelList minimizes the middleman and allows job seekers to contact employers directly. Removing gatekeepers makes it easier to connect the right people. AngelList may not be the most popular job site out there, but it’s the most efficient/effective.

Don’t Hate the Process, Hate the Game

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Looking for a new job sucks.

There are no shortcuts, but instead of running the rat race, embrace the game…but play by new rules.

Just like a healthy lifestyle requires exercise and nutrition, there’s no magic potion to improving your career.

The way job boards are created, it’s as if your odds winning the lottery might actually be better. Unfortunately applying online is part of the process, but one of the most passive tactics you can participate in.

Most digital applications have built-in filters that sift out specific keywords, lack of experience or required skill sets. It’s kind of like talking to a robot on customer support instead of an actual human. Very frustrating.

But since applying for jobs isn’t something that’s going away soon, what can you do to combat it? Here’s 3 proactive ways to increase your chances of getting hired:

1) Network. Use the internet and social media to find contacts, but once you do reach out to schedule a phone call or better yet, a meeting over coffee. Technology has widened the playing field, so you need to stand out by leaving an impression. The #1 reason people get hired is because of relationship. Know someone and now all of a sudden you’re on their radar.

2) Contact Recruiters via LinkedIn. One of the worst parts of applying to jobs is not knowing if your resume ever makes it to the destination. On LinkedIn, not only do companies have to pay to post a job, but they also have to list whom posted it. My advice is: apply to the job, then connect with the recruiter. Chances are they will accept your invitation to connect, then send them a note you applied and why you’re unique.

3) Be Creative. Record a video. Reach out on Twitter. Ask for an informational interview. This may sound too general, but since this is a “game” who says you have to play by the rules? Everyone applies for jobs online. Everyone attaches their resume. Everyone sends a cover letter. Don’t be like everyone else (unless you like where you are now). You may not be after a sales position, but landing a new job is all about selling yourself. A good question to ask is: “Would you hire yourself?

Most companies are built like a fortress. If you try to enter through the front gate you’ll be denied. Instead the “back door” strategies mentioned above are much more effective.

So create a new process…while you still hate the game.