Our Thought Leadership Team has published nearly 50 articles this year alone on How to Find a Job. We know you know how to job hunt but once you are confronted with rejection or financial stress, some people give up on aspects of the job search that have not yet produced results.
In the words of the inimitable Mike Tyson, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” When it comes to job hunting or boxing, don’t let setbacks change your plan. Our advice is stay the course, manage your time effectively, and never let up.
To that end, we have assembled the Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Job Search.
1. Have a clear goal – What kind of job are you looking for? What are your salary expectations? Once you determine what you want, you can help your network help you with concise information.
2. Increase Your Network – 75% of all people find a job through someone they know. This figure has held steady for the last 40 years. Talk to your friends, family, and former colleagues to see if they know of any openings and widen the aperture of who you connect with on LinkedIn.
3. Tailor your resume – Every resume should be tailored to the specific position you’re applying for. Take the time to read the job description carefully so you can highlight the skills and experience that are most relevant.
4. Practice your interviewing skills – We recommend recording yourself answering tough questions. Practice answering interview questions about your successes and setbacks and be prepared to talk about the skills and experience you possess that are relevant to the job.
5. Don’t be afraid to reach out to recruiters – Recruiters can help you find job openings that match your skills and experience. They can also provide guidance and support throughout your job search.
6. Stay positive – Keep networking, practicing your interviewing skills and submitting applications with a positive attitude. Remember, you never hear about a person that has been interviewing for 20 years. Everyone always finds a job.
7. Follow up after interviews – After the interview, it’s important to send a brief but pleasant thank-you note to the interviewer. This shows you’re interested in the position and appreciate the time the interviewer spent with you.
8. Use keywords – Use keywords throughout your resume and cover letter. Often, these keywords can be lifted right off the job description.
Always be honest but help the company choose you by using their vernacular. And don’t forget to get feedback on your resume from a friend, family member, recruiter, or co-worker. This can help you identify areas that need improvement.
9. Dress appropriately – Dress professionally and conservatively for interviews. This shows that you’re serious about the job and makes a good first impression.
10. Elevate your level of preparation –. Do detailed research on the company, it’s industry sector, and even its competitors. The more intimate knowledge of a company and industry you possess, the better your chances.