I could give job searching advice all day long. After all, I’ve been in the recruiting industry for the greater part of my career since graduating college. I’ll skip providing the math and exactly how long that’s been in an attempt to not feel old today. Let’s just say it’s been long enough to see the industry evolve from mailing in paper resumes to the LinkedIn-dominated world of marketing yourself professionally. Job searching can be a daunting process, especially if you haven’t had to do it in a long time. You may still think mailing in a resume is the best method (it’s not in case you were along those lines).
You can Google blog post after blog post, advice column after advice column, and consult expert after expert before you end up on the floor in the fetal position with angst due to the overwhelming amount of advice you’ll find. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do your research and make sure you’re following all the dos and don’ts of job searching (we have lots of great advice you should check out on this site!), but too often I think there are simple things that people overlook because of everything they’re trying to accomplish. Let’s take a step back and review the basics so you’re not missing some of the main checkmarks on your job search list that may be costing you a job.
Be a fit for the job you’re applying to. What does that mean? It means that you need to make sure when you apply to a position, your cover letter, resume and application should all be a close reflection of the job description. You can’t have a one-size-fits-all resume and expect to find a job any time soon. Recruiters sometimes receive hundreds of resumes for one position. If they come across a resume that doesn’t scream the perfect fit, it will get tossed aside along with their leftovers from lunch. Your resume should tell the recruiter and hiring manager that you are the exact fit for what they’ve been looking for.
How do you do this? You go over each bullet in the job description requirements and any skill or experience listed that you either have or have done, list it! Don’t ever expect a recruiter to assume you have that skill or experience just because you applied. People apply for jobs all the time that are in no way qualified or should be applying to in the first place. Those resumes don’t get more than a second glance. The same will happen to yours if you don’t make sure your resume is tailored specifically to the role.
Your resume and LinkedIn profile are works in progress. Regardless of how you structured your resume and the content you determined was important to include in your LinkedIn profile, don’t feel that you should have a final version not to be updated or revised ever again until you land your new job. I frequently update my LinkedIn profile and resume and I’m not even job searching. I feel it is important that my online profile be current and relevant with any new skills or training buy doxycycline hyclate I’ve received. As mentioned above, your resume should be tailored to each job you apply for to show the recruiter you are the perfect match. Additionally, what you include in your resume and LinkedIn profile one day may not be what you want the next. I’ve reread a statement or description of my work that I listed and wondered why I worded it the way I did – easy fix! I simply change it to the way I want. Bottom line, don’t hesitate to update and tweak both your resume and LinkedIn profile so that it not only suits your job search target, but also suits the way you want it to look and feel.
Mix up your job search platforms and methods. There is no one-way to go about your job search. In fact, there should never be one way to go about it. Sure there are more effective ways to job search than others, but the key to being effective is to mix it up. Just as with investments, you should always diversify. Same goes for job searching – if one method isn’t cutting it, the other methods can carry the weight to make up the difference. The days of limiting your job search and applications to only Monster and Career Builder are over. The research is out, job boards are not very effective when it comes to landing a job in comparison to other methods. Sure people still find jobs this way, more so in some industries over others, but if you’re solely relying on obtaining a job by applying through a few job boards, you’re severely lessening the chances of that happening. You need to get yourself out there – networking, talking to recruiters, contacting people who currently work for the companies you’re targeting, social media, LinkedIn, company career sites… the list goes on and on. My point is, try it all. The more time, effort and ways you go about job searching, the more likely you will land your next job.
LinkedIn is essential when job searching. This is probably my number one tip to give people who are job searching. Regardless of the industry you’re in, you can be guaranteed that the recruiter in that industry uses LinkedIn to find candidates, network with others who may have a referral, post jobs, and build their network for similar roles. In this day and age you cannot be in the job market and not have an updated, robust LinkedIn profile. Even if you’re not job searching, having an updated LinkedIn profile is beneficial and essential in establishing your professional network.
Like I said, job searching can be overwhelming. The way we go about it seems to change daily. How do you expect to keep up with all the new ways? For most of us, we can’t. But if you follow the basics as I outlined above, it will take you a long way in your job search journey.
Good luck job searching!