Anyone that’s been on the job market for any amount of time knows that it can be stressful to search for a new job, not to mention exhausting. That’s to say nothing of how time-consuming it can be too. It takes an average of 11 weeks for qualified professionals to get a job. The good news is that there are some tactics and tricks that you can do to optimize your job search and get the job you want faster.
Five Ways to Optimize Your Job Search:
1. Breathe new life into your resume
One of the scariest statistics about job searching is that 98% of applicants will be eliminated during the resume screening process. That means your resume must be eye-catching, well written, and concise to have a chance of standing out from the crowd.
Here are some of the main things to focus on with your resume:
- Having a short and sweet summary to outline what you bring to the table. Should be less than fifty words
- Framework history and skill sets as benefits for the company – including quantitative benefits like increasing sales, or qualitative benefits like being a great leader.
- Use consistent formatting and patterns for spacing, bolding, and highlighting across the resume. This makes it easier for recruiters to scan through it and notice important parts
- Use correct spelling and grammar
- Make use of subheadings and bullet points, sticking to our earlier tip about consistent formatting
2. Use your network
If you’ve lived in several cities, went to university, or have held several jobs, then there’s a good chance you’ve put together a network of contacts. Platforms such as LinkedIn and AngelList mean it’s never been easier to stay connected with old co-workers and stay on top of where they are working. Get in touch with them and ask them if there are any openings where they are and to put in a good word for you.
3. First impressions matter
Writing the best cover letter and resume in the world doesn’t matter much if you fail to make a great first impression. Do some research before attending a job interview. The interviewer expects you to know about the company, as well as the position you’re applying for. They also expect that you will dress appropriately and be ready to talk about personal strengths and previous work experience.
Here’s how to make a great first impression:
- Arrive on time
- Give a firm handshake
- Showcase communication skills during the interview
- Do some research on the company
- Show your passion for the job
- Ask questions, but avoid asking about salary
- Dress to impress, with a focus on personal hygiene
4. Be sure to say thank you
A job recruiter will interview dozens, if not hundreds, of applicants for each position. It’s vital that you send them a quick follow-up email thanking them for their time.
5. Remember the importance of compatibility
When hunting for new jobs, particularly when you get desperate, you might be tempted to jump on the first offer you get. Be sure to take some time to consider the culture of a company and how compatible you would be with it before accepting any job offers unless you’re on some sort of deadline like being on the verge of losing your house/apartment because you need money that badly.
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