Crowdsourcing for Job Hunters


3 Methods to Mobilize the Troops

We just love seeing great people find opportunities in the job market by following our proven Jobzdojo methods and training. The level of success that job hunters achieve is determined by the effort they put in, the passion they employ while hunting and the methods they use to find opportunities, but what all job hunters have in common is the fact that they all start off as “a one man team”. Some quickly realize that they need to team up with others in the market, or leverage off their network to find out what’s going on in the market. We at Jobzdojo believe that crowdsourcing is the answer, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. We look at it more from a “Monkeysphere” point of view, so everyone in your close network should be able to assist you in some way to learn more about what is going on in your industry, and instead of it being just you gathering information, you have a whole “crowd” of handy helpers gathering and feeding you information. The information that you gain from your interactions with your peers and the rest of your network, will help you uncover opportunities that are not publicized, and as a result, you will probably be ahead of the game when going for those opportunities – less competition. How do you get your network involved?

Crowdsourcing 101

  1. Find your peers:
    Whatever your profession is, you have peers in the market that you can share information with, and whom you can learn from. There are a number of ways to find your peers in the market, but the way that we prefer and promote is through the use of LinkedIn. The main reason we promote this way of search is because of the time you could save, and the quality of information you can get from people’s profiles. You can learn a lot about someone from their profile, so before you reach out to him/her, you at least know a bit about them. To start off, you can use LinkedIn to search for companies that are similar to ones you have worked for before. Once you have this list of companies, you can then start looking at the people that work for those companies by using the company name as a search filter. Now, look at the people that match your current/former title and make a list which you can use for your next step. Now, look at everyone’s profiles individually to learn more about them, and to see which groups they belong to. You will find that many of the people on your list will belong to the same groups, so the next step would be to join those groups as well. Now that you share a group with your peers, start following the discussions in these groups and comment where you feel you could add value to the conversation. Also, look at the discussions and comments from your peers, and if you see something interesting, send the person a direct message from the group page (you don’t have to be connected with the person on LinkedIn to send a message if you are in the same group). The message should preferably be to complement their discussion or comment, and to ask if you could have a chat offline about their company and/or job. Rinse and repeat.

  2. Share ideas.
    People follow leaders, true, but they also follow thought leaders and visionaries. If you have expert knowledge in one or more sectors, then share it at every opportunity you can. Knowledge is power, and not just to the person that wields it, but also to the person that shares it. Knowledge has infinite value, especially social value, because the moment you are seen as the go-to person for some specific area of knowledge, you gain clout, and if your peers see you as a thought leader, and you need assistance with spreading the news that you are looking for opportunities, they will feel inspired to help.

  3. Engage the reciprocal rule:
    Give, give, give – receive. Marcus Aurelius had it right all along, and it would be wise to follow his lead. In Robert V. Levine’s book, “The Power of Persuasion: How We’re Bought and Sold”, he talks about the reciprocal rule as one of the rules exploited by compliance experts, but if used for good, it can open so many doors. As long as everyone wins out of the rule, Jobzdojo stands 100% behind it. People are wired to return favours, but remember to help people out of selflessness; don’t expect anything in return, just do the right thing, always. That is the Jobzdojo way.

Our Jobzdojo program started out as a labour of love, and quickly became a raging success, and with every subscriber reaching his/her goal, we get closer and closer to bursting with pride and joy. The content above is just a small bit of what we share in our workshops and our Jobzdojo manual (soon to be published in hard copy!).

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