Searching for your next job can be one of the most stressful challenges a person can undertake. Make it easier on yourself by going into your job search prepared. Check out these job search tips and find a job that is an ideal match for your talents and personality.
First things first: Be reachable. Clear your voicemail inbox and record a professional greeting in case you miss a call. Upgrade from that old "firstname.lastname@example.org" account, and try for a more business-friendly address with your name in it. Check and double check your phone number(s) and email on your resume, cover letters, and LinkedIn accounts. It may sound simple, but it is too important not to mention, be sure that you're reachable.
Job boards will likely be the first place that you visit in your job search. Sites like careerbuilder.com, monster.com and linkedin.com are great starts, but if you want to search for ALL of the jobs, use a job search engine. ZipRecruiter.com and Indeed.com are two of the most popular. They find jobs on popular job boards, niche job boards and even company career pages around the web, and make them searchable in one place.
Hiring managers are more interested in reviewing resumes immediately after they've posted a job. So if your resume is first in the door, it will be more likely to be reviewed, and you will be more likely to be interviewed. Take advantage of this fact and sign up for job alerts! Be notified by email with as many job boards as possible (who won't spam you) or download apps to your phone. And remember, while job search engines let you search all the jobs, they're often delayed in indexing all of the jobs. So sign up at the source whenever possible, like, you know... Randstad.
Some job search tips are best practices even if you are not actively looking. It is a best practice to always have an up-to-date resume ready to send out - even if you are not currently seeking work. You never know when a dream opportunity will come along. If you haven't created a LinkedIn account, you should. If you already have one, keep it updated (a top resource for recruiters to reach out to you).
Make sure that you are attractive to recruiters. Have there been new technologies or regulations introduced in your industry? Research these topics, use trial demos, volunteer in your free time to gain experience or take classes to refresh yourself and standout from the crowd. Adjust your resume to reflect these new skills.
When you find a job that you want, put your best foot forward. Don't send the same resume twice. If it is a great opportunity, it deserves the time for you to edit your resume and cover letter to highlight your most relevant experience. Look through the job description and list relevant skills and experiences that correlate to the most important requirements and responsibilities in your resume and cover letter.
These are great places to meet and mingle with people in your industry and impress others with your industry knowledge or personality. You're also likely to receive great job search tips and networking tips from people in your location and industry.
Try to focus on individuals who are within higher positions on the team relevant to your skills. Even if they aren't hiring now, they eventually will in the future. It is good to keep these contacts.
During conversation, you may want to elude that you are looking for new opportunities, but do not specifically express interest in their company until they express interest.
Online business card sites offer great prices on high quality cards. In addition to connecting with people on LinkedIn and other social networks, these are a must have for networking events.
Always send follow-ups to your conversations with interesting people and companies. This will help relevant professionals remember you and know that you enjoyed their conversation. It also opens up communication avenues for employment inquiries.
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