Some things are so simple that we overlook them. But we know that sometimes the simplest things are the most effective. That’s the case with the following job search tips. With all the job search advice out there, it’s easy to overlook what truly works for finding a new job.
Instead of getting complicated with your job search, stick with a strategy that employs time-tested tips and tactics. Here is a short list of straightforward techniques to help you achieve your next career goal.
1. Be a clear fit for the position
Today, most job applications are made online. It is likely that your application will first be screened by an automated system and then by a lower level human resources person. Do not count on them to understand the complexities of the position or the nuances of how you are a good fit for the advertised position.
Make yourself an obvious fit by repeating back the qualifications and skills required in the position in your resume. Reflect the words and phrases so that even the simplest screening process will know that you are a clear and obvious fit.
2. Take your job search offline
Find the people who work at the organizations that you are targeting and cast a wide net. Get yourself in front of them by scheduling informational interviews or asking them to spend a few moments answering your questions.
Prepare for the meeting, and go prepared with insightful questions. Next, ask if they think there are other people they think it might be beneficial for you to meet at their organization or in the industry.
3. Modify your resume (and LinkedIn profile) for each position
Change wording, modify key terms, and switch out bullet points in your resume depending on the position you are seeking. Treat your resume as a working document that will evolve as your job search and your career evolve.
4. Be interesting
Being professional and polished does not mean being boring. Perfection is boring. Give yourself permission to be you at the same time as being professional. If you and another candidate have equivalent qualifications but you are more interesting and likable, you will get the job.
5. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, create one
Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their main candidate search tool. Enough said.
6. Say thank you
Just like in point 4 above, if two relatively equivalent candidates are competing for the same job, who do you think will get the position, the one who doesn’t follow up after her interview, or the one who sends a short, warm thank you within a couple of hours of the meeting? You guessed it – the candidate who sent the thank you.