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The Six Best Ways to Job Search Without LinkedIn or Indeed

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Presumably you are familiar with the general way of finding a job :Tthe job title you want in the career A site like LinkedIn or Indeed, add some details, And then spend hours scrolling down a list of thousands of potential jobs. WWhen you finally reach the bottom, there will be more load. It Can Often Feel Like a Number game, Just robotically applying for lots of jobs and hoping one sticks. but tThese sites only know what you tell them (like job titles and years of experience), and when they You can make some guesses about what you want, they are not really understand skills and experience you bring to the table

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Odds are, you’ll be suitable for a lot The number of different jobs and titles, and the years of experience required, are generally less stringent than a computer one. Job titles are also constantly evolving, and different companies often describe the same job in very different ways (people team vs. human resources, customer experience vs. customer success, community manager vs. social media manager, and similarly), SoI like to complement the classic scrolling-LinkedIn approach with some targeted tactics to highlight particularly high-Quality leads and leverages real human interaction with the people around you, whether online or IRL.

1) Build your personal “Dream Companies List”

Open a document or a new page in a notebook and brainstorm all the companies you can think of that might be good to work for. Think big! My personal dream companies list includes Quip, Oatly, TikTok, and Casper (I love their products), OkCupid, Hinge, and Match Group (I met my husband online), and random places to be connected to. Looks good, like the Guggenheim or Momofuku. Once you have a healthy number of companies listed below (approx. 15-20), set a reminder to check the careers pages for each of these companies once a month. whyyou will be able to keep close Keep an eye out for opportunities at a company you’d really be willing to work for, and you might find a job you’ll love. for and With a title you might never have found otherwise.

This tactic is actually how I got my first job in tech. I didn’t know what a “community lead of marketing” was, but the description sounded like I might. I applied, and the rest is history.

2) Subscribe to newsletters about industries that interest you

I love newsletters for many people looking for a job Reason: THey curate content so I don’t have to scour the web on my own, they arrive in my inbox so I can read them at my leisure and feel “done” when I get to the end, and they often follow other news stories. shows, articles, or headlines I didn’t think I’d be interested in (which also has the advantage of sounding smart and up-to-date in an interview).

Job- or industry-focused newsletters are often a mix of job openings as well as general industry-related news, such as whether a company just received a major investment or is launching a major initiative. We know job openings are important to see clearly, but the piece of news can also help you predict whether a company is going to be hiring more people soon. If Company X recently closed a large round of funding, I might plan to keep a close eye on that careers page for the next few weeks to see if the money turns into new job openings.

A non-exhaustive list of relevant newsletters that I and my trusted friends subscribe to:

  • Techni Daily, A mix of tech startup news and job opportunities that ships ~3x a week
  • built-in, Monthly industry-specific tech news with outlets nationally or locally Austin, boston, chicago, colorado, LA, NYC, SFAnd seattle
  • social enterprise jobs, Job announcements in Social Enterprise and Social Innovation
  • willing??, Biweekly Social-Justice Oriented Job Announcements
  • rough notes, Bi-weekly insights on tech companies hiring, news and articles
  • word of mouth, Weekly opportunity for design, art, education, information and the built environment
  • the bloom, Weekly Jobs, News & Tips in the Social Impact Sector
  • Food + Tech Connect, Weekly food tech and innovation news and events

3) Join relevant online communities

these days there are a lot of communities that live Platforms like Slack, Discord, Facebook and Twitter are where people are connecting, sharing knowledge and promoting opportunities. These are also wonderful places to ask for referrals (perhaps to your dream company).), ask for insider information about the companies you’re interviewing with, and be the first to see people sharing new job postings. After I sifted through my dream companies list, I found my next job through a Slack group where the CEO was also a member and posted a role.

Another non-exhaustive list of online places I and trusted friends can vouch for:

Online communities tend to be more specialized and niche than newsletters, So depending on who you talk to, you can get very diverse suggestions. If there’s nothing on this list that resonates, I highly recommend a Google search along the lines of “[INDUSTRY] slack group” or “[whatever identity you inhabit (like women, POC, or veterans)] in [INDUSTRY] Dull group.

4) Join the curated candidate database

When you’re looking for jobs, recruiters and hiring managers are also looking for candidates. LinkedIn is still a highly used tool for doing this, but many companies also choose to take advantage of specialized and curated databases that are smaller but more targeted. Just as a company may partner with a college or bootcamp to hire a specific type of individual (in this case, someone with a standardized education early in their career), companies may partner with groups that that curate candidates from a specific industry or underrepresented. Identification.

Some curated databases on my radar (and some I’ve used as a recruiter before!) that are worth checking out:

  •, Mostly focused on people in technical jobs like engineering or design, but also a mix of business/corporate people
  • tech ladies, Focused on all women in tech
  • jopwell, Focused on Black, Latinx, and Native American professionals
  • wakanda jobs, Career-diverse focused on Black, Indigenous and other people of color

Similar to online communities, these databases can be quite specialized, So you can use this list for inspiration to explore groups that might be even more relevant to you.

5) Set a schedule for checking industry-specific job boards

Yes, I know, it’s still like scrolling down one big job aggregator, but industry-specific job boards tend to have more relevant roles for the jobs you’re excited about-and less of them, So you’re not scrolling to oblivion. When I’m looking for a job I like to check the more specialized job boards once or twice a week. WWhether that week’s jobs were good for me or not, I did that job and crossed that task off my to-do list.

Some job boards that I and my trusted friends have used with success (I’m sure there are many more):

  • reprojobs, Jobs in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Sector
  • Entertainment Career. met, jobs in entertainment; I’m told this is especially helpful “if you’re not Nepo baby”
  • impact opportunity, Jobs in non-profit, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, B Corp and government industries
  • WordSpark Social Impact Job Board, Jobs at Social Impact (they even have a monthly newsletter!)
  • Log Ops Job Board, Jobs in People Operations and Human Resources
  • good food jobs, jobs in the food industry; Farmers, Artisans, Policy Makers, Retailers, Restaurateurs, Economists, Ecologists, and more
  • Emerging Doctor in Philanthropy, Jobs in the Philanthropy Industry

6) Network with people you already know (and like)

Often when we talk about networking, we think of cold-messaging someone and asking them out for an awkward coffee chat. Or attending some kind of professional mixer where we have to strike up a conversation with a stranger and hope it pays off. While this type of networking has its place, It’s equally valuable to network with people you already know (plus, less stressful).

Every coworker, classmate, and family member Have their own network of people and opportunities that they can connect you withand that connection has its own own vast network, and so on, In such cases, You don’t have to worry about putting your best foot forward or being 100% attractive,Trusted people in your network probably already feel confident in you as a nice, kind, talented person. Not every call is going to turn into a referral, but you’ll still be exposed to new leads with the added benefit of connecting with someone you really care about. And they don’t necessarily all have to be your closest friends. It was through this strategy that I ended up having the job I have today: I was referred by a former coworker with whom I didn’t work closely, but to whom I frequently chatted about my dogs via Instagram. Had talked.

Investing in these relationships will continue to bring benefits in the long run. TeaYou can continue to lean on these people for support the next time you need help with a new job or assignment. ,special thanks to my former colleague lizzie redmayneA valued member of my network who contributed many resources to this article.)

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