Job searches can be intimidating if you don’t have the right set of tools and guidelines to help you. Checkout this list of ten recommendations for a better job search to help you in finding the perfect role.
1. Have an ATS Compliant Resume
Recruiters and hiring managers utilize Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to collect, sort, scan and even rank applicants during the hiring process. Much of this process is based on key word searches within a resume. When applying to a position ensure that the skills necessary for the position are accurately represented on your resume so that you will rank hire during this initial process.
2. Learn to Network
Networking is a critical aspect in finding potential employment. Having a large network of people to turn to for opportunities or recommendations makes the job search process that much easier. You never know when an opportunity may become available and its best to present yourself in a professional manner to be ready to seize opportunities when given the chance.
3. Be Employer Oriented not Needs Oriented
Although it would be nice to have a job that worked around your exact schedule and met all your needs this usually isn’t the case. Employers are looking for candidates that can adapt to situations and offer value to the company based on their skill set. It is best to land a job and work around the job rather than trying to find a job that will work with you.
4. Quality over Quantity
Sending out resumes in mass quantities may seem like a good way to land a position, but if you don’t have a quality resume employers aren’t going to give you a shot. It is important to develop a quality resume before sending it out.
Having a quality skill set that is pertinent to the position is a great way to get in the door for an interview, but interviewers are looking for candidates that are enthusiastic about the new position and opportunity. An employer is more likely to hire someone that is excited about the job and easy to work/communicate with rather than someone who is highly skilled but may be difficult in other areas of business.
6. Consistent Job Search is Insurance for Future Success
Consistently updating your knowledge of the job market and being ready to quickly apply to jobs you want ensures success for the future. It is better to be searching for a job while you still have one instead of when you’re out of work.
7. Invaluable Assets Can’t be Dismissed
Making yourself a valuable asset at the workplace ensures you son’t be dismissed when cuts need to be made. Whether it’s your consistent rate of success, your ability to fix office supplies, or picking up lunch for team members, you are more likely to be kept on if you demonstrate value.
8. Information is Power
Before applying to a job or getting an interview always research the job market and company you are applying to so you are prepared for the interview process and can ask questions of your own. This also allows you to fit key words into your resume that are specific to the indsutry.
9. Never Stop Learning
Always continue to be seeking knowledge when it comes to the job market and gaining skills. The more you know, the more of an asset you will be.
Throughout your life and career you should be looking to pick up credentials as much as you can. Whether its certifications, licensures, classes or anything else, the more credentials you have, the more opportunity there will be.
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