Savvy job seekers approach the hunt with a strategy. It takes work to find work! Unemployment rates have dropped and an estimated 36% of employers planning to add to their fulltime staff this year. Improve your chances of landing your next gig by following these eight job hunting steps:
- Give cover letters attention. Most cover letters recap the contents of an applicant’s résumé or read like a boring form letter suitable for almost any ol’ job. Instead, include information not found on your résumé, such as personality traits, success stories, and qualifications. In short, customize it for the job.
- Tailor résumés to fit the job. Using the job posting description, tweak past duties and achievements to better match the position —without misrepresenting yourself, of course— and pull the most pertinent information to the top of each job entry. Do the same within a skills section or qualifications summary.
- Create Google Alerts. If you’re interested in working with certain employers, use Google’s alert function to inform you of new job postings and business opportunities. It’ll also notify you of any developments at those companies, so you’ll be in-the-know during an interview.
- Use video. Film a short video — and we’re talking no more than two minutes — to highlight your skills, experience, and achievements, and then post it on your LinkedIn page to help you stand out.
- Download apps. Download at least one job-search app and the LinkedIn app to your phone. This will allow you to be productive when you have spare time. Timing is everything – you gotta get in the game early.
- Get social. A recent survey found that 73% of recruiters have filled positions through social media. Of these recruiters, 79% hired from LinkedIn. Add keywords related to in-demand skills, qualifications, and accomplishments to your profile.
- Post to LinkedIn. Drive more traffic to your profile and establish credibility by publishing content on LinkedIn and sharing your insights on your industry.
- Be eager. If a recruiter calls you about a job opportunity, take the time to listen whether you’re interested or not. Recruiters are often the first people to know about job openings, and the conversation could lead to a position that’s a much better fit to your goals and interests.
You know that other job seekers are using everything in their arsenals to find a job – you need to do the same! Don’t let a lack of preparation get in the way of a job. You have just one chance to make a good impression with a potential employer.