Searching for a new job doesn’t have to be a long and tedious process. Work smarter and make the most out of your time and resources. Find a new job faster with these tips:
Submit In-person Applications
If done correctly, submitting a resume in person can make the difference between landing and not landing a job. Employers tend to take notice if you physically walk in, introduce yourself, and inquire about any potential job openings. There is a huge difference between reading a resume and physically speaking to a potential hire. In-person applications show initiative and it will give you an edge. Applying for a job in person gives you the opportunity to leave a positive first impression that will last. Make sure you dress in professional attire and have your resume ready.
Tailor your Resume
One of the most common mistakes job applicants make is sending the exact same resume to every job they apply for. If you really want to impress a company, tailor your resume for their job opening. Update your job history, special skills, and/or accomplishments to include your experience relevant to their open position. Make sure your cover letter is updated as well. If you aren’t sure where to begin when writing your cover letter, look no further. Michael Tomaszewski of Zety.com wrote an excellent article with only eight steps and plenty of examples to help with the process. You can find it here.
Spread the Word
Utilize your personal network by putting out the word to friends and family that you are looking for a job. The likelihood that somebody in your circle will know of a job opening of some kind is extremely high. Learning of job openings through word of mouth can be extremely successful. Not only does it give you an extra opportunity to make a connection during an interview, employers are more likely to hire someone who has been recommended by a current employee.
Look for job fairs being hosted in your community. If you are interested in working for a specific company, reach out to them to find out when these events take place. There are often businesses that will host their own job fairs or hiring events. If you aren’t sure where to look for a job fair in your area, you can try asking city hall, the library, your local rec center, etc. If your contact doesn’t have any relevant information for you, chances are they will know of someone else who can help.
There are many websites you can access in order to assist in your search for a new job. You can search various job listings online at Indeed.com, Ziprecruiter.com and Monster.com. Additionally, if you would like to network professionally online, create a profile on Linkedin.com. Do your research and find the online resources that will benefit you the most.
Use these tips to your advantage to help you find a job that makes you