Maybe you’re fresh out of school looking for that first job, or your current job isn’t cutting it, and you’re ready for that next chapter in your life to begin. Whatever your story is, starting a new career can be exciting. But it can also be equally frustrating. What can you do RIGHT NOW to increase your chances of landing that new job?
Polish Up That Resume
Your resume is a brief description of your qualifications and previous work experiences. It’s similar to a biography but it’s only focused on what you have accomplished not necessarily who you are. It’s important that this message comes across.
If you don’t have a resume, it is strongly encouraged that you create one yourself or hire a freelancer to provide this service for you. If this isn’t your first rodeo, and your resume has been collecting dust, it’s time to make it shine.
Make sure your responsibilities and job titles reflect your accomplishments and aren’t just merely a list of tasks. Using concise language, demonstrate how you reached those goals and don’t be afraid to give a powerful example. It’s also important that you update your references. Double check that their contact information and job positions are current.
Be Mindful of Social Media
If your resume is your professional portfolio, look at social media as your personal one. As companies continue to grow and have influence in the digital world, sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are perfect resources for potential employers to learn more about you. Be cautious with what you say, what you post, and how you interact with others on these platforms.
One of the most underrated networks out there is LinkedIn. Using LinkedIn as a digital resume portal will undoubtedly increase your chances of finding a job or at least booking an interview. Many employers will list job openings on their LinkedIn page or have a direct link to their application website.
Make sure your profile page is up-to-date with a recent photo, relevant projects (whether personal or professional), as well as skills and recommendations. There can never be too much positive information out there for employers to find.
Network With Other Professionals
Who you know and how you know them are key to finding the right job. Often times, the toughest part of landing a job is just getting in front of the right people. You’ve thought to yourself, “If I was just giving the opportunity, I know I could show them.” Well, networking can lead you to that opportunity.
It’s impossible to get to know everyone that’s in your future industry. Heck, it’s hard just getting to know everyone on your street. But networking groups, meetups, and chat forums are all great ways to increase your chances of getting in front of the right people. It also gives you a chance to let your personality shine – that is if you have one.
Hard Work Pays Off
There are hundreds of articles that list tips and best practices on how to find a job. There are many different ways to go about searching. But at the end of the day, it really does come down to you. How much effort will you put forth? How bad do you want to start your new career? If you implement these three approaches into your job search, your chances of getting hired will only increase!