Job Hunting Can Require Some Creative Thinking…
… If you decide to forego the shotgun approach of blindly applying for jobs then a targeted approach may need actionable intelligence.
You’ve decided what fields / job positions / titles you are searching for and you have defined the geographical catchment area probably based on just how much you are able or willing to commute but some companies decide to make it difficult for you and conceal their address on the job application or even on their website.
What do you do?
Many of us try the following checklist: –
This approach is laborious and since most of the searchable information is garnered from the company itself, if they have opted to leave their local address off the website you will probably strike out.
At this point do you apply anyway or just keep job hunting? Has this compromised your targeted approach?
The Warptest POV
Recently I was contacted by a friend with a list of several companies like this and asked if I had any idea how to find their location.
I started suggesting similar steps listed above but then the word “location” gave me an idea… Foursquare
As Foursquare is possibly the largest locational database of retail and commercial locations it’s reasonable to try searching here first when job hunting:
After testing this I confirmed that the popularity and gamification behind Foursquare encouraged company employees to check-in at each of these companies. Getting the addresses via Foursquare was a piece of cake.
So if you are searching for company addresses whilst job hunting then Foursquare should be your first stop.
Disclaimer: companies have many different reasons for opting out of posting their address online. Act responsibly and respect that. Use the information you discover but you don’t need to spread it far and wide.
Good (job) hunting!