Tips for Success During Your Job Search
The economy is doing much better since 2007 when the recession started. And yet, there are still plenty of people who are stuck in their job search. Since we are in the peak of graduation season, I’ve compiled a list of some time-saving and success tips to help make your job hunting more efficient and effective for new graduates and others who are looking to land a better job.
#1) Be More Than Prepared for Everything
There are a variety of prep steps that you can take, which are often forgotten. Make sure to have a professional voice mail system set in place and sign up for a professional sounding e-mail. email@example.com isn’t going to cut it if you want a decent job.
Put your cell number on your resume instead of your home number so that you can follow up quickly. If they are calling a number of applicants, you want to be one of the first people to call them back or answer their call.
Always have an up-to-date resume on hand, even if you’re not actively searching for work. You never know when you’ll run into a better opportunity that is too good to pass up. Always keep a list of three references (name, relationship, phone number, and e-mail address) ready to hand out when needed. Bring a copy of this list with you when you go on interviews.
#2) Don’t Be Afraid To Reach Out
Take it from my personal experience. Just because they don’t post a job opening on their website, doesn’t mean that they’ll turn you down if you send them a letter of intent, your resume, and an honest and flattering cover letter.
Right after I graduated from college, I was worried that I wouldn’t get a job in my field of expertise. I was working a dead-end job just to stay afloat. I – spontaneously – sent a letter of inquiry and my resume to a local company and was pleasantly surprised to receive a response the next day, asking me to come in for an interview. I’ll never forget the opening sentence. “You’re just what we’re looking for – and we weren’t even actively looking yet!”
#3) Templates Make It Easy – But Add Your Twist To It
You should have a general copy of your resume that you can use as a template. There are some templates that you can find online in order to create this general-use one. However, when you’re actually applying for jobs, make sure that you change the content to directly reflect the job qualifications and experience that they will find interesting and useful. They don’t want to read through all of your accomplishments.
The only parts that should stay the same are the opening and closing paragraphs of your cover letter, and the contact information. The rest should be focused directly toward the different job opportunities.
#4) Utilize Job Alerts and Job Search Engines
The biggest job search engines right now are Monster.com, Indeed.com, Careerbuilder.com, Glassdoor.com, and Craigslist. When it comes to sites like Craigslist, make sure that you do your research; they can be a bit sketchy. If you get an offer, look for testimonials online or look up their name on sites like the Better Business Bureau.
Most sites will let you upload different versions of your resume so that you can apply to a number of different types of jobs. Make sure that you name them appropriately and that you send the right ones to each job posting.
#5) Check Your Contacts and Social Network
Make sure that you check with your contacts and social networks. You can often find job postings from companies that you’d like to work for on their social media pages. Along with that, you can ask your friends about places that are hiring.
Consider using your blogs and other social media platforms to show off your expertise. It is a common practice for the human resources departments and your potential new bosses, to Google your name. This is how they find your social media networks, look up some of your connections and credentials, and find out a little more about you.
Sometimes landing the perfect job can seem like pure luck but luck doesn’t exist. Everything happens because of cause and effect. If you put yourself out there and place yourself in situations where opportunity often knocks, you will find yourself “luckier” than if you were to just sit at home and binge-watch Netflix.
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