A new year is a great time to make some new goals. Perhaps one of those goals for you is to find a new job in 2017. This can be a long and tiring process, but with the right tools and mindset, you can truly make the most of the process. When trying to land the perfect job, it takes more than just experience. It also calls for a great attitude and technique. Hopefully, you’ll find these tips for job hunters useful in your search.
Tips for Job Hunters:
Enhance your skills
If it has been a struggle for you to get a job in a certain field, going back to school may be the right option for you. With the internet by your side, possibilities are everywhere. The best part about learning online is that you can continue to work and save money. Sites like Udemy.com offer courses on a variety of subjects and industries. You do not have to go back to a full college program to obtain new skills, however, an RMIT online course could be a viable option. The more knowledge you possess the better your chances are of getting that new job.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to submit just one resume and walk away. You have to treat job hunting as though it is your job. You need to be consistent and stick with it. Dedicate a certain number of hours each day and week to applying for jobs. The more you apply, the more likely you’ll find a job sooner than later. Also make sure to be specific when looking for job posts online. Most of the time, there are options where you can filter out your job search by category: location, level of experience, and industry type. So if you’re trying to find a tech job in San Francisco, don’t bother to look for other job types available on other places. This will lessen your time of looking for a job not fit for you.
Give your resume a makeover
This is probably a tip you hear all the time, but do you know what to revamp? You should regularly update your work experience, but you should also include other skills that you have. While still trying to keep it as condensed as possible, you should work on making it stand out from the crowd. A nice header and an inclusion of your personality strengths may be just the key to show a potential employer you bring more to the table than just your past jobs. You should also try to include keywords from the actual application. Additionally, make sure to always customize each cover letter and resume per job. Employers can usually tell when you are sending out a mass letter. It will be time-consuming but worth it.
Spread the word
The power of social media should not be underestimated, even in the case of a job search. Spread the word online to your friends and families and let them know you’re looking and what you’re looking for. If you are currently employed, you should try to do this in a respectful manner. A personal outreach might be better in your case so as to not make your current situation uncomfortable. When sharing your efforts online, share a link to your resume so that they can also easily share with their employer connections. Alternatively, be sure that you have a LinkedIn profile that looks complete and professional. Recruiters regularly search LinkedIn, so you’ll want to be sure you’re findable online.
Alternatively, be sure that you have a LinkedIn profile which is complete and professional. Recruiters regularly search LinkedIn, so you’ll want to be sure they can find you.
Think outside of the box
Just because you have always worked in a certain industry does not mean you need to continue to do so. Perhaps it is time to spread your wings, especially if you are having a difficult time finding your way back into your desired industry. If you have other skills or hobbies that you think you’d love to pursue, go for it. You don’t have to work in the same field forever.
These tips for job hunters will hopefully help you in finding that next big step in your career. By preparing yourself mentally, anxieties should be alleviated knowing that you not only have the right tools for the job but a great strategy for applying as well.
Finally, if you are serious about changing careers, want a better job or are just getting yourself into the workforce, consider getting a copy of What Color Is Your Parachute?, by Richard Bolles. The book is a comprehensive guide to getting a job in the contemporary economy. It has sold tens of millions of copies and outlines tips on interviews, negotiating salary, and job search strategy. If you are on the job market job, this is a must read.
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