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Need a new career? Take a look at these unconventional tactics

If you're searching for a new career, it may be time to look at some unconventional tactics. If you want to pursue your dream career, you need to think big! We've had a look at some of the ways you can get ahead in the market for your best career path.

Wait before you apply for a job. Don't go through the usual recruitment process if you find a job that will suit you. Research the company, find out more about them and make contact with key people. You don't want your CV to get lost in the application process, so taking your time and making sure you stand out is a great way to get through to interview. Convey your interest - ask questions about the company before you apply, and even ask for advice about their role or industry. You could even take care not to mention the job vacancy at all, and see whether they tell you about the role.

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Create your own position. Sometimes you need to approach companies first. Research your industry, think of some ideas, solutions, or how you could help companies within your remit and take the time to talk to them. It's important that you're not expecting a job offer to come flying at you, but that the companies notice you and what you can offer them.

Aim for the top. Don't just wait for job vacancies to come up and apply to the HR team. Find ways of connecting with the decision makers in the company, the Managing Directors or Heads of Department, to get yourself noticed.

Establish yourself as a fan of companies you want to work for. If you know the company or companies you're aiming to work for, make sure you're seen as a fan. Follow their social media accounts, like and share their message and make yourself known. Your enthusiasm will put you in a great position once vacancies come up.

Refine your interview technique. Not so unconventional this one, but very important all the same. Remember to listen at job interviews, not just communicate your own message, retain eye contact and focus on your body language. Paying attention to your interviewer(s) is a very important skill and will put you in a great position when they review applicants.

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