Employers always seem to be seeking candidates who are committed to collaboration. Diversity of thought, group skills and teamwork goals are typically woven into job descriptions and corporate values pages alike. Effective collaboration can have major, positive results on projects, after all. In fact, recent studies have shown that up to 86 percent of employees cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures.
Why, then, do we insist on making looking for a job a solo experience? It’s time to ditch the idea that you’re alone in your search and embrace collaboration; it’s time to crowdsource your resume!
Before your mind jumps to a group of cheering music fans lifting someone over their heads, don’t confuse crowdsourcing with crowd surfing. Crowdsourcing refers to the process of obtaining information by enlisting the help of a group of number of people. With more tools for tapping into advice from your networks available than ever, it’s easy to get started today!
Here are some tips for pulling in tips, tricks and suggestions from a large pool of helpful minds using the power of crowd sourcing:
Tap into Professional Groups
Online platforms give job seekers access to a staggering amount of job search advice. Blog posts (hello!), videos and discussion boards alike allow you to learn from other people’s perspectives with ease.
Take it a step further by joining a professional group on a site geared towards the working world, such as LinkedIn. By joining a professional group within one of these networking platforms, focused on your industry or job seeking in general, you may be able to share questions and concerns specific to your search and receive answers you would have never thought of on your own!
Share your Application Materials Using Online Tools
Document sharing tools, such as Google Docs, makes sharing and editing documents easier than ever. Rather than sending your resume over email multiple times or trying to talk it through over the phone, consider uploading your document to an online collaboration resource and inviting a few close friends or colleagues to have access to view it. Not only does this make it easier to keep track of all of your potential changes, you can also work with collaborators in real time, breaking down a frustrating barrier in digital teamwork.
Have a Resume Party (No, Really!)
If online tools aren’t quite your thing (or even they are), consider sending out RSVP’s for a resume party! Rather than chit-chatting or dancing, center the night around collaborating on application materials. Here’s how it works: Invite a small group of trusted people from your network to a productive space. Don’t forget to have everyone bring a laptop or other tool to work on! Once you’re all gathered up, you can decide on the agenda; each person can work individually and ask for support when needed, or you can walk through pain points as a group. However you plan it, the impact of working directly with others can be incredible – especially if you’ve been stuck alone behind a computer screen for the majority of your search so far!
And remember – this invitation can certainly be extended to those currently employed, as well! It’s always a good idea to regularly update your professional materials and career documents.
Giving is just as Good as Receiving
Crowdsourcing only works if there’s a receptive and engaged crowd ready to lock arms to achieve goals. If you’re considering reaching out for support, make sure to give back just as much as you receive – and then some! Paying it forward not only helps you to better refine your own job search skills, it might just lead you to your next opportunity!
In the end, crowdsourcing actually is a lot like crowd surfing. Alone, one person would have awfully difficult time rising above the noise and confusion of the crowded applicant pool. However, with a little help from a cheering crowd, you can surf your way to the top!
Do you have any examples of collaboration helping the job search? Let’s crowdsource together in the comment section below!