Secrets to a Successful Job Search
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Secrets to a Successful Job Search

Job searching isn’t just about applying for jobs and hoping to get called for an interview anymore. It’s more complicated than that, especially in a competitive job market. The most successful job seekers utilize a variety of job search strategies to help them stand out from the crowd. In addition, it’s always important to make sure you have covered all the bases when you are in the midst of a job search. It’s easy to get so focused on one aspect of seeking employment, such as sending out resumes, that you forget to make sure that everything else within your job search strategy is professional, focused and appropriate.

Chart a specific course. Start off by narrowing your job search to areas of interest or expertise. The old attitude of, “I’ll take anything,” rarely works out very well. One of two things typically happens: Either your qualifications don’t line up with the needs of potential employers, or you end up in a position you hate.

Define your goals. Your career needs to satisfy you in more ways than just your pocketbook. By defining what you want out of a job and what you offer as a job seeker, you become better at applying for jobs that are aligned with your overall career goals. By taking the time to define what you want as a job seeker, you can figure out what your best selling points are and the most valuable skills you have to sell to an employer.

Perform a systems check. Next, check your career “tools” to ensure proper operation. Does your current resume reflect your accomplishments in a meaningful and well-written way? Do you have a set of cover letters that distinctly address your intended audience and properly introduce you to a potential employer? You should have one for posting online, one for recruiters and one to use when applying for positions that are available with employers that may already know you.

Tune up LinkedIn. Is your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and effectively marketing your brand? If you are constantly fielding inquiries for jobs you have no interest or skill in, it could probably use some adjusting. Be sure to reach out to existing connections on LinkedIn or look for new ones. Your resume is more likely to yield a positive response if you know somebody who works for your target company and they can put in a good word with the hiring manager.

Tighten up your interviewing skills. Once the previous items are taken care of, it may be time to brush up on your interview skills. Many golden opportunities have been lost in the interview office. A myriad of online resources are available to those who may not be as confident in this arena. If you’re not comfortable going through it alone, then consider the services of an interview coach to put you through the paces and prepare you for today’s challenging interview processes.

Tweak your training. Take stock of your skills and education and see if there isn’t some tweaking and refreshing that could be done. If you have the time and resources available, furthering your education is never a waste of effort or time. In this fast-paced technology-driven world, those who don’t stay current will be left behind.

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