5 Non-Traditional Job Search Tips That Help You Get in the Door

A job search often involves more than sending a resume, landing an interview and accepting the offer. Depending on the company, online job postings often receive over 100 applications, making it hard to stand out from the crowd.  Networking and leveraging connections you have  within the company is often the most effective way to land an interview, but if that's not an options, you may have to think creatively about getting a foot in the door. Try these non-traditional job search tips to make that happen.
  1. Ask for advice before you need a job – Identify a subject matter expert in the company and ask for advice. This can lead to a conversation that will allow you to showcase your skills. When a job becomes available, you've got a relationship with an influencer on the inside.
  2. Get to know the administrative assistant – Already employed, but looking to climb the corporate ladder? Administrative assistants understand the company, the department, and the boss better than anyone. If you have the opportunity, introduce yourself to this  key resource  in a natural way. Over time, by practicing good relationship-building skills, you can get your foot in the door before you get the job you want.
  3. Don't be afraid to apply for an entry level position – There's no surer way to get your foot in the door of a company than to start at the ground floor level. For instance, if you have your eye on a managerial position, apply for a lower position within the same department. In your interview, let the interviewer know of your ambition - share a five year plan that includes that managerial role and the hard work you're willing to put in to get there. When the higher position opens, you could be first in line.
  4. Become a brand loyalist – Post about the company you want to work for on social media and your blog. By becoming the company's biggest fan, you can showcase your knowledge and enthusiasm for the company before you are employed by it.
  5. Create your own position – This takes some creativity. Have a special skill the company needs? Write a letter to the CEO, hiring manager, or human resources department and explain your skill set and how it relates to the position you'd like to create. Explain the benefits of the new position to the company, including the impact to the bottom line. An excellent sales presentation can lead to a job offer.
Getting your foot in the door of a company you want to work for is a skill in and of itself. Think ahead, develop a job search strategy and make yourself noticeable.