Another day at the daily grind, heavy on the grind. Your To Do list is both too long and too short. You look out the window for what seems like the umpteenth time and then peek back at the clock. Only two minutes have passed by since you've last looked - you're pretty much nowhere nearer to the end of your day. It's not that your job is bad. But it could be better. You try to think of the last time you felt really engaged and enthusiastic at work - you were, once, but nothing about your situation feels like it quite fits right.
It'd be kind of cool if in the middle of all that, you got a phone call or message one day offering you a better position and all the things you've been missing. The thing is, if you're good at passive job searching, that kind of happenstance is more of a reality than you'd think.
What is passive job search?
Passive job searchers are people who are looking for a job but don't need one. In other words, they're already employed or otherwise not looking to change employment anytime soon. However, they're open to new opportunities.
Chances are that your professional life could use a little boost. Only around 20 percent of Singapore's workforce feels engaged at their current jobs, compared to a global average that isn't much better: 31 percent. Only around 40 percent of the country's workforce feels valued by their current employers, which is right around the global average.
Meanwhile, passively searching for a job means you have little to lose. You're already in a position of advantage - if you don't like what's offered to you, you can always stay where you are.
Unlike job seekers looking to pay their next bill or keep employment paperwork together, you have time on your side. Without a deadline, you have time to really seek out a position that fits you, your skills, and your lifestyle. And, with the online resources available now, you have the ability to flag down your next job with a bit of the right polishing.
So, is the grass really greener on the other side? There's only one way to find out. Use these tips to keep yourself in tip-top passive job searcher shape, and maybe you won't even have to look for your next job opportunity - chances are that it'll find you.
1. Whip Yourself into Shape
Passive job searchin is about setting up a system that does the work for you so you can go about your daily life, content that you've opened yourself up professionally to as many opportunities as possible. So, the first step is the same as it is in active job search: get your documents in order.
That means updating your resume and LinkedIn to reflect what you've recently been up to. Leave a detailed description of your job responsibilities that helps a viewer pinpoint your strengths and skills. Profile updates are a sign to recruiters that you are perhaps gearing up for a job search and may catch their attention.
But not every company has the budget for a LinkedIn recruiter account, which costs over US$1,000 per year. Spread a wider net. If you have profiles on job boards, update your information there too (reset your passwords if you've since forgotten them - and then store all of that somewhere where you can easily access it if you need to update things again). Making a profile on 100offer neatly incorporates your resume, expected salary, and desired location into one platform for employers to view.
If you're really ambitious, you'll also polish your cover letter template to include what you've recently been up to.
2. Know Your Long-Term Goals
If the thought of updating your job search documents makes you squeamish, take comfort in the fact that you have time to spread these tasks out. Also, while you're doing an overhaul of yourself on paper, you can take the opportunity for some introspection: What kinds of qualities would make it worth leaving your current position?
If that's money, figure out how much someone would have to pay you to leave. What kinds of promotions would you want to get - or other work benefits? Would you like a position with more work-from-home opportunities? Have you been eyeing a new location for personal or professional reasons? Or, do you need some kind of combination of the above?
Passive job searching doesn't mean that you have to pigeonhole yourself into a set situation, but it gives you the opportunity to focus on what you really wanted - or what you'd take, given the opportunity.
100offer can help by offering a side of free career counseling to help you align what you want personally with what the 2,000 companies on its platform can offer you.
3. Get a Little More Social
Chances are your job has you doing some networking already. Use that to figure out other opportunities for you, and don't rule out that the event itself may be an opportunity. Hack && Tell, held just last week at Viki in Singapore, had a Viki HR representative willing to talk to candidates for hire at the event.
And, if/when your schedule gets so busy that you can't squeeze in another event, take to the internet! Join interest groups liberally - on LinkedIn and through meetups. Each group is a new opportunity - even if it doesn't seem that active.
4. Give a Little to Get a Little
This bullet point requires the least amount of change on your part. Sharing is caring. Write some LinkedIn recommendations for colleagues you know are highly skilled. Endorse people for skills for which you know they personally excel.
If you hear about a job that sounds like it might interest or be right for someone in your network, share the link to the application. If you know a company's hiring, share it around in your circles. That'll help strengthen your connections, and perhaps one day, someone will pay it forward and do the same to you.
5. Use a platform that'll watch out for you for free
Many job boards are trained to recognize your search history and send you related jobs - do two or three searches for the job title you want in the location(s) you're seeking.
LinkedIn, for example, has a mode for passive job searching - flip a switch on the site under the job search tab, and it flags recruiters to let you know that you're looking, along with other job preferences you have, like location and company size. It has the added benefit of not revealing that you've done this to anyone with whom you're currently working.
For a more directed search, you can take to the usual software engineering and tech job boards - AngelList, GitHub, and Stackoverflow. You can also make an account on 100offer for a specialized search plus a free consultant who will come in and lend you a hand with what you need best at this stage in your life
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