Subject Matter Expert (SME) jobs are the hidden roles within the world of work. They’re there because you’ve seen people fulfilling those roles. The problem is when you look in the newspaper you’re never going to see someone advertising for this type of work. If you have the right set of skills, it can lead you to feel lost and confused. Let’s take a closer look at how you can find an SME job.
Aim for the Smaller Brands
The big brands will always have thousands of people applying for these roles with the big salaries attached. Cue a maze of questionnaires, assessment centers, and interviews. Rather than throwing your hat into a situation like this, look for the smaller companies. They offer SME jobs as well.
In most cases, you’ll never have to email the usual recruitment address. You’ll have a phone number you can call because this is a more personal process. Companies will typically look at 80-90% of applications, as opposed to the 10% or 20% they’ll look at in a bloated corporate environment.
Social Media isn’t the Key
Despite the fact, companies are more likely to use social media for recruitment this isn’t the case with the SME world. The truth is these companies are less likely to use social media, so stop wasting your time here. On a side note, if they are using social media, the only network worth checking is LinkedIn. Companies prefer to use it for headhunting, as opposed to public calls for applications.
Make sure you have your LinkedIn account fully updated to give yourself the best chance of being found.
Prospective employees may think it’s a good idea to attend conventions. No, no, no, this is not the case. These conventions are hubs for big corporations. Employees from companies with SME jobs don’t have the time to travel the nation far and wide to hunt down people for these openings.
This doesn’t mean you’ll never find someone at a convention, but you need to aim for the smaller, niche conventions. If you see a specific niche industry convention, you may find it worthwhile to visit, but bigger conventions aimed at a broader audience are unlikely to help you.