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How to use Slack to secure your next job

Posted on 05 October 2022

How to use Slack to secure your next job

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Many reading this have likely either heard of or are currently using Slack in their working lives. Slack has become one of the most popular messaging apps of recent years for in-company usage, however, its benefits far extend beyond an organisation with the application being useful for networking, job searching, knowledge sharing, making new connections and so on.

In this article, we want to show you how you can use Slack to advance your career and secure your next job. How to find the right communities of like-minded individuals and offer a few ways on which you can engage and start networking.

 

Finding the right communities on Slack

Slack communities are plentiful and there is a strong chance that one already exists in your niche, industry or area of interest but it is important to note, there is not a single exhaustive list of communities which you can simply join, you either need to be invited to one or find one yourself and request to join.

If you are not sure where to start here, consider some of these strategies:

Online Search

Using your search engine of choice, keyword search with the word ‘Slack’ and manipulate the search based on geography until you find the community you want.

This way doesn’t always give you an exact community immediately, but it does usually produce a number to choose from in the form of lists, for example, ‘JavaScript community slack’ showed Top 15 Slack Communities For Developers : Online Geniuses in the first few results.

 

Ask a friend

Unless you are very new to your industry there is a good chance you have a number of friends or colleagues you could lean on to help introduce you to slack communities that could be right. Take it a step further and expand your reach by asking on platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Reddit.

If you are new to your industry and at a complete loss, speak with a recruiter and see if they could suggest any for you to join, or better yet, invite you to some directly.

 

Database Search

Although there is not a single one-stop shop for all Slack communities, there are a number of databases through which you can filter, two to consider that we like are Slack And Teams Chat Groups - The Full List of 2000 Communities (standuply.com) and Slofile - Public Slack groups to join.

Nearly all of the communities we are part of require a sign-up and then a verification process from the admins, so you might find that you need to wait sometime before you can actually access the channels. Some might even ask you to complete a form, sharing your intent to join etc. this is done often to keep the community spam free and ensure everyone is joining with the right intentions.

 

Getting the most out of Slack

Once you are in the community of choice be prepared for information overload. A well-crafted community will have a number of sub-pages in which you can join along with a general area to discuss and a jobs section.

Without knowing the community, you have joined, we will cover a few of the standard channels that you can expect and how best to utilise them to get the most out of your Slack experience.

 

Job Search

The first and most obvious one is in relation to this article. Every Slack community we are part of has a designated jobs section, if you joined a community that is within your niche you can expect nearly if not all the openings to be relevant to you.

Many of these postings will be from internal and external recruiters but don’t let that stop you from reaching out and learning more.

 

Gain Industry Insights

Follow conversations within channels, pose questions yourself and learn from others around your industry. Keeping a pulse on where things are going will help you throughout any interview process. Hiring managers do not have an abundance of time to keep track of everything new that is coming into the field, so if you can part some knowledge to them during a process, there is a better chance of success.

 

Search for what your need

Slack has a search component that filters your results by messages, files, people, or channels. This will help you find what you need quickly.

Searching for channels will probably be best at the beginning to get an idea of what already exists within the community, if something you need is not there, maybe consider reaching out to admins to help set it up.

As with any networking platform, the more you give back the more you get in return.

 

Keyword Notifications

Slack also allows you to set up specific keyword notifications from within your ‘preferences’ in your profile under ‘my keywords’.

Doing this for example for ‘remote’ in the jobs page will alert you every time a remote position has been shared.

Note, the keywords will only work for the channels you’re in.

 

The jobs section of any Slack community is just the beginning of using it to help secure your next role. The real benefits of such a platform come from actively engaging with the community, sharing knowledge and growing with others. Seeking out opportunities for personal / side projects, participating in events, doing so will drastically improve your chances of success from Slack when it comes to looking for a new job.

Give it a go but be mindful of your return on investment when it comes to time. Slack is a time consumer; we would suggest setting yourself strict time on how much to spend on the platform otherwise you might find yourself responding to messages for hours whereas that time could’ve been best used on another job searching method.

Share this article with anyone you feel could benefit from learning more about Slack communities and how to utilise them during a job search and collectively we can bring simplicity to the chaos of recruitment.

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