Job searches can be frustrating… Especially when you get off to a slow-start. Here are 5 tips on how to optimize your job search!
- Get social.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, now’s the perfect time to get one. 94% of recruiters actively use LinkedIn for candidate searches. People are no longer getting jobs the old-fashioned way, and believe it or not your social networks matter. You can even apply for jobs via your Facebook profile now! Social networks can help boost your range, find you more jobs, and have search-engines that help you narrow down your search. If you choose to apply for a job, it’s important that your profiles is an image you’d want your future boss to see – check out our social media checklist.
- Make a resume that highlights YOU.
Each resume you submit should be tailored to the job you’re applying for. Odds are your resume will go through a screening process of 120 seconds. With just a quick glance and looking for keywords, you need your resume to stand-out. When working on your resume, keep in mind the job key-words and ask yourself “why am I the best person for the job?” – this should help you write a great resume summary. Learn how to highlight your skills on your resume here!
- Narrow down your search.
First things first, know the position you are looking for. Are you job-hopping and looking for something similar? Or are you looking for something completely new? Take some time to research the position (job duties, workload, salary) as well as the company culture you would like to work in. Networking is another great way to narrow down your job search. Online job boards, Facebook groups, LinkedIn jobs – are all great ways to network and gain more information on the position you’re interested in.
- Thank you-s matter.
Once you’ve had broken the ice and made contact with a hiring manager it’s important to start thinking of when and where it’s appropriate to say “thank you”. Many people forget that a simple thank you can go a long way. After your interview, you should always follow-up with a thank you note to show your appreciation for the opportunity. Remember, you are not the only one interviewing for the position. Thank you-s can separate you from the rest of the group.
- Get help.
If you feel like you’ve tried everything and still getting no where, it’s okay to get help. One of the best resources for help is a recruiter. Recruiters are a great way to get on the other-side of the door. They already have inside contacts and relationships with the company they’ll be sending your resume too. Recruiters are like your best friend: they’re there to help you when you’re down, coach you along the way, and cheer you on.