Job search channels are methods that job seekers can leverage to meet employers, stakeholders, and peer-level employees who can give them insights on the company they’re applying to. In my hour-long September Q&A, I talked about all of the awesome and easy techniques you can use to set yourself up for success in the job search!

Here are the seven job search channels you MUST use if you want to see quick success in your job search:

1. Coffee meetings

Meeting with fellow professionals over coffee will never become an outdated way to build connections and relationships while benefiting from valuable advice. These are called informational interviews and they involve you connecting one-on-one with the person you want to meet. But, in busy seasons, you may find that the people you want to see just don’t have the time. The modern coffee meeting doesn’t have to be a sit-down affair – see if you can schedule a phone call, Skype Call, or Google Hangout if the person you want to meet can’t see you in person.

2. Networking events

I know that you know that networking is important. But, do you do it often enough? If not, let this be the kick-in-the-butt you need to get out there and start making connections. During your job search, I recommend going to 1-2 networking events each week. Yep, that’s right – that’s the amount of effort it takes to meet the right people at the right time. Check out events in your local area by heading to eventbrite.com!

3. Job boards

These shouldn’t be your primary job search channel, but there’s no doubting that they’re a very important part of the job search. Use them to learn what types of roles are available to you and then leverage this intel to find information sessions, networking events, and professionals to connect with who are relevant to your target company.

4. Your target company’s website

This is another one of the most underrated job search channels. I can’t tell you how often candidates sit down with me for an interview and I just know right off the bat that they didn’t do their research. You should prepare for every interview by conducting extensive research on your targeted ROIs – roles, organizations, and industries. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to deliver compelling messages!

5. Referrals

A referral happens when an employee from within your target company recommends your application to HR. This is by far the most effective job search channel – it increases your likelihood of getting hired by 4x! When a company gets a referral about you, they’re more likely to want to hire you because they have a trusted source who can vouch for your skills.

6. LinkedIn

The worlds largest professional network gives you information, resources, and connections at the touch of a button! Use LinkedIn to reach out to your existing connections, ask for introductions, build relationships, and contact recruiters. The more people you talk to about your situation, the more likely it is that one of them will know of an opportunity for you.

7. Your alumni network

This is an amazing resource for professionals who are willing to help you out! I recommend starting with this great job search channel when you begin reaching out to professionals on LinkedIn. Having something in common with the people you’re reaching out to is a perfect way to break the ice, build relationships, and open the door to you receiving valuable advice.

Do you have any questions about top job search channels? Check out the recording of my two-part Q&A on job seeking!

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