There is no denying that many people trying to get a job these days will have a tough time. The turbulent economy in some countries/regions has meant some employers aren’t hiring many people. That means more people are applying for the smaller pool of jobs available on the market!
The sad truth about job searching is that some people give up at the first hurdle. They feel they could never have a chance of getting their dream job due to candidates being better than them.
Others may take a military-style approach to job hunting and apply for hundreds of jobs per day!
What many folks don’t realize is that getting a job these days isn’t as hard as they think. Why is that, you might be wondering?
Well, it all comes down to one’s approach to job searching and applications. In a nutshell, if you’re doing it wrong, you won’t be very successful. Change your approach and think outside the box, and the results will surprise and astound you!
So, what is the magic formula to having a more positive job search experience?
Well, by following these 10 practical strategies, you’ll soon be getting plenty of interviews!
Here’s what you need to do:
1) Make a list of your Top Skills
Before you do anything, you need to think about how best to sell yourself to potential employers. To start that process, get a piece of paper and a pen. Next, write down a list of your best skills.
Employers only want to hire the best people for the roles they advertise. You need to make sure your skills are a good match for what they’re looking for. Otherwise, it’s all a waste of time!
2) Think about the types of roles best suited to your skills
Believe it or not, you don’t need to apply for jobs that are identical to your previous roles. It’s common for people to side-step into different careers using their same skill sets.
Not sure what roles are a good match for your skills?
There are a plethora of online career aptitude tests that you can take. All you need to do is dedicate a few minutes of your time to answering some simple questions. You can then find out what jobs are a good match for your skills!
3) Decide who should be your Next Boss
So far, you’ve listed your skills, strengths, and determined what jobs are right for you. The next thing you need to do is think about the type of employer you’d like to market yourself to.
For example, some people may prefer to work in high-flying corporate environments. Others may wish to land non-profit job positions for charities and other organizations. Where can you see yourself working?
It’s an important question to answer for several reasons.
- First of all, you don’t want to end up working for an employer you hate. Second, you want to work somewhere that will value your skills and input.
- And, third, it’s crucial to match your personality to the right working environment.
4) Check your Social Media Profiles
Did you know that some employers snoop on a candidate’s social media profiles online?
You might think that’s a gross invasion of your privacy, but there’s a good reason why they do that.
Employers want to make sure the people they hire are loyal, trustworthy, and reliable. A person’s social media profile can tell an employer a lot about a candidate. If you’ve got anything public you’d rather a company didn’t see, delete it right now!
5) Create a LinkedIn Profile
Sticking with the subject of social media for a moment, you should create a LinkedIn profile. As you know, the social network is targeted to professionals. When potential employers do background checks on you, they’ll see if you’re on LinkedIn.
You can use your profile to showcase your skills and offer case studies of your past achievements. There is also another advantage of having a LinkedIn profile: connections! It’s an opportunity to find out if professionals you know can put you in touch with hiring employers. LinkedIn is one of the most popular ways to find a job these days!
6) Tailor your resume to each potential job
A classic mistake many of us make is to send the same carbon copy resume out to employers. They are generic, uninteresting and usually end up in the trash I’m afraid.
What you should do is have a bank of resumes on your computer that you can use for particular types of roles. Doing so will help you increase your chances of getting an interview.
7) Keep your resume short and sweet
Put yourself in the place of an employer. You’ve received over 100 resumes for just ONE job that you are advertising! You’re a busy person and don’t have the time to read them all. What you’re likely to do is skim through each resume for just a few seconds.
As a candidate, it’s your job to grab the attention of the person reading your resume. Like with newspapers, headlines and bullet points are surefire ways to captivate your audience. Make that text relevant, and you will stand out from the crowd.
The last thing an employer wants to do is read about your life story. If they want to find out more about you, they can invite you for an interview.
8) Beef up your Cover Letter writing skills
Sending a brief “Hi, here’s my resume, thanks bye” type of cover letter won’t get you very far.
You need to use the letter as an opportunity to explain three things:
- Who you are;
- What relevant skills you have to the job you want to get; and
- Why you think you’ll be a good fit.
If you’re not any good at writing cover letters, there are numerous examples online you can check out. Doing so will give you the inspiration you need to create a kick-ass cover letter!
9) Invited for an Interview? Do some research before you go!
If you’ve followed the above tips, you will start getting interview requests. Congratulations! Before you go for your interviews, you need to wear your research hat.
Find out everything there is to know about each company. I guarantee one of the questions they will ask you is “what do you know about us?”! Impressing the interviewer with your knowledge will show you are keen.
10) Give yourself a mini-makeover before the Interview
I’m afraid that appearance is everything when you go for an interview. Most interviewers will form a judgment of you before you’ve even sat down in their office!
Start off by sorting out your personal grooming. Next, dress to impress by wearing appropriate attire. If you have an interview at Google, for instance, don’t assume you can rock up in shorts and a T-shirt!