Helpful Hints for Job Hunting
Job searching can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help give you that extra little boost to sell yourself so you stand out from the crowd!
- Don’t Limit Yourself
Sure you may have a specific career goal in mind, and you may even be aiming for the top position in that particular field. This is great, however, you don’t want to limit yourself. Do not assume that a position is “beneath” you. Thinking you are overqualified for a job may limit you from finding a position. If you have a lot of money saved and can afford to be choosey, that’s a different story. But in today’s economy it doesn’t hurt to accept a lower position. You can always work your way up. Also, don’t be afraid to branch out and broaden your horizons. You might find that a career change could be the best decision you ever made. If you broaden your search, you will have a better chance of getting a job. You can still pursue your dream job for the future. The possibilities are endless!
- Network: In Person and Online
You should always be ready to network. Have business cards on hand. You never know who you are going to meet while you are out and about. You should always be selling yourself. A lot of people get jobs by word of mouth. It never hurts to be prepared.
Always keep an active profile on social media sites, especially LinkedIn. Many businesses utilise social media for recruitment as well as for advertising job positions. It is crucial that you keep an up-to-date professional social media site. Prospective employers often look up potential candidates on social media as part of the hiring process – so you want to maintain a professional appearance online as well as in person.
- Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Submissions
Online resumes are great. Sites such as Monster, Careerbuilder and Indeed.com are excellent places to network. However, you don’t want to rely solely on online job submissions. It can’t hurt to mail out your resume and cover letter as well. It shows employers you are truly interested in the position.
It is also helpful to submit your resume in person as well, if this is possible. It shows prospective employers that you are seriously interested in the position. It also helps them place a name to the resume, so yours will stand out. Applying in person helps you establish a networking relationship and also shows that you are responsible and dedicated.
- Submit a Job Specific Cover Letter and Resume for each Job
This may seem time-consuming, but it will pay off in the long run. You should have both a standard current cover letter and resume saved as a template. However, you should take the time to tailor both to the specific position for which you are applying. Recruiters receive dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes so you want to make sure yours stands out from the rest. A recruiter will notice a cover letter that is geared toward that company and position over one that is boring and generic. The same applies to resumes. Tweak the skills, etc on your resume to tailor fit that particular position.