Job searching can be a mind-numbing and stressful pursuit. And unfortunately, far too many job seekers make the process more difficult and futile by forgetting simple, yet very important job tips.
And so, the next time you are job hunting, make sure you do the following.
1. Search Beyond LinkedIn
Far too many applicants have grown overly reliant on using a single, job search tool. In so doing, these applicants are not privy to a plethora of job postings that employers advertise on other platforms. Savvy job searchers know there are other job search websites besides LinkedIn that allow them to search job postings by field, position, and location.
2. Using a Tailored Application
The most common approach to submitting job applications is to fire off lots of resumes and cover letters in the hopes that eventually one of them will catch the eye of a recruiter. The problem with this approach is that candidates favor a standard application and/or resume they can use for every position and employer.
If you want to increase your chances when applying for jobs, you must get into the habit of tailoring your application to meet the needs of the position you are seeking to fill.
3. Relying On Your Network
Think of the last organization to which you applied. Before submitting your application, did you examine those in your group of friends or professional network to consider if you knew anyone working for that company?
Do not beat yourself up if you forgot; it is a common oversight when job searching. Social media grants us a wealth of information into people’s lives, including where they work and who they know. Use that information and your network to your advantage.
4. Remembering Your Career Goals
Applying for a new job is stressful, and it is easy to become so distracted by the search that you can easily forgets your career goals.
The job opportunities you seek should be positions that will assist you in reaching your ultimate career goal. Perhaps there are several different types of positions that will teach you the skills and give you the experience you need to land your ultimate dream job. If so, you can broaden your search to consider a greater number of jobs and opportunities, thereby increasing your chances of finding an open position for which you are qualified.
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