Whether you’re looking for your first job outside of college or switching careers, finding a job rarely feels easy. Applying can be a long process with a lot of rejection and disappointment.
The good news is that there are some great, tried and tested tactics to help you out with your job search. The key to making job hunting a little less painful is to be focused, strategic, and proactive. The Dream job Don’t just fall at your feet, you have to go out and get it.
Follow these steps and you will be flying through the hiring process and shaking hands with a hiring manager in no time.
6 easy steps to get a job quickly
1. Don’t fall into the black hole of doom
A common mistake people make, though looking for new work is to be applied any You can find job offers. Ramit describes this practice of throwing résumés away as “sending them into a black hole”.
Hiring managers can easily spy on applications that are copied and sent to hundreds of job openings. If they lack specific company or role specificity, it is usually a tremendous waste of time to send them out in the first place.
Instead, it’s time to get smart with your application. Pay special attention to a few (1-10) relevant points and adapt your applications to each one. If you only focus on a few tasks, you have the time and energy to make them really perfect.
Make sure you tailor your applications exactly to the job descriptions. Adapt the terminology to the type of job. So whenever someone scans your resume, tick all the boxes right away. Your resume is a tool to give you an interview. Make it easy for them to invite you.
With a great resume, recruiters will be eager to interview you
2. Focus on the results
There are many common mistakes to avoid when preparing resumes and cover letters. One of the greatest ways is to make vague statements without a backup.
We’re talking about lines like “I’m a hard worker” or “I work well in teams and independently.” Aside from the fact that these statements are very unoriginal, they say absolutely nothing to a recruiter.
How Are you a hard worker Can you give an example Can you describe a real-world situation that demonstrates this?
Let’s take the line: “I have experience in leading a team.” Great, but tell us more. What were your tasks, what challenges did you encounter? What is your leadership style? How do you give feedback? These are all questions potential employers want to know, but they won’t necessarily pick up the phone to ask them. You will move on to the next resume does Instead, provide details.
3. Get smart about networking
Networking is the next step some job seekers don’t take after firing résumés. But you have to get it right because it’s easy to be wrong.
The main mistake people make is connecting with people and having no strategy or follow-up.
Don’t just connect with 100 random people in your industry on LinkedIn. It’s great to get in touch with lots of people, but if you don’t have a strategy to back up it sounds a bit like you’re waiting for them to do all the work.
Instead, be proactive. Identify people currently working in the companies you are applying to and connect with them. This doesn’t mean asking for a job, but it doesn’t hurt to ask about their job and what it’s like to work at X.
Before doing this, take some time to do a little research on the company website and social media so you can ask smart, specific questions.
People love to talk about themselves so ask them. Chances are you’ll be reminded that you took this proactive step and showed more interest than the 100 other applicants who didn’t care.
4. Build your professional brand
What if a hiring manager googled you? The best way to find out is to do just that. Don’t worry, googling is no longer narcissistic. We all need to know what happens when a recruiter searches for our name.
Ideally, only good things will show up. It will be your LinkedIn profile, website, or portfolio that says, “I’m a professional.” If it doesn’t, what can you do?
Maybe your LinkedIn isn’t too impressive or your portfolio is years old. Take some time to make these small changes so that you look like a bright candidate in the eyes of Google.
On LinkedIn, make sure each section is complete, current, and clear. Write an eye-catching headline and get a good photo and banner. The key isn’t looking like a college grad desperately looking for a job (even if you are).
Take it a step further and fill your schedules with useful, interesting content and interactions. This shows that you are serious, passionate and trustworthy about your chosen industry.
5. Have a conversation
Whether you’re connecting through LinkedIn or going for an interview, remember to turn every interaction into a real conversation. Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but looking like a real person is important.
Show your personality, tell them a little about the person behind the resume and this can go a long way in attracting them. It’s much better than looking tight and robotic.
You can give all the right answers, but it’s not just about that. Recruiters are looking to see if you are a good fit for a company. You are wondering, “Can I work with this guy?”
This will also help the people you are interviewing relax a little (sometimes they are nervous, too). Often times, when everyone is more relaxed, you can get more information about the company culture and the people you work with. Remember, in an interview you can see if you want to work there too.
6. Follow up after the interview
We’ve all heard this tip without a doubt. Many are probably still skeptical about whether a cute handwritten note is really necessary for the day.
But it doesn’t have to be sloppy or dramatic. All it has to be is a quick email to whoever interviewed you. Thank them, reiterate your interest and why you think you would be a good fit.
It’s polite, makes a good impression, and is a nice summary of what was hopefully a good interview. You may not get the job offer alone, but it could make a small difference. When competition between candidates is fierce, all you need is a small difference.
In such a competitive market it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a job offer. We have to work extra hard to get noticed. But with the steps above, more focus, and a proactive approach, you have a great chance of finding a job that you love.
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