These job search tips are so simple that once you read them, you may be frustrated to know you had not tried them, yet. Whether you apply for job seekers online or troll all the websites people use to find jobs, these obvious job search tips will always be helpful.
1. If you are not on LinkedIn, you do not exist
Approximately 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to screen job candidates. It is their primary research tool, so get your professional profile set up on LinkedIn.
Next, use it to your advantage. Communicate with people at companies during your job search. If recruiters are logging in to find qualified candidates each day in one specific place, you want to be in that one place.
Job search tip: Out of all social media platforms, LinkedIn is by far the most powerful for people searching for jobs, career networking and connecting with recruiters. If you do not believe in using social media, you should at least be on LinkedIn for the purpose of “being found”.
2. Thank you’s matter
There will always be automated ways of saying, “Thank you”, but avoid using these. Be human. Be nice and write a note that shows you have interpersonal skills and know how to engage others.
The process of applying online for jobs is pretty cold as it stands today. So now, imagine it comes down to you and another candidate after the entire process that started with an online form and ended with the final interview. You always want to be the memorable person who goes the extra mile to show appreciation.
Job search tip: Write an original thank you note that is not pre-filled out on the platform or any other automated method. Show people you have a brain and a heart. The more you get used to writing notes like this, the better you improve your interpersonal and writing skills.
3. Accept that you will never bore anyone into hiring you
If you have ever been in a job interview where it seems like hiring managers are falling asleep, chances are your answers were boring.
In order to get a job, your interview with a hiring manager has to leave a positive impression. If all they did was ask, “Tell me about yourself”, and you ranted for the next 20 minutes, that is a problem.
Job search tip: Practice your interview answers to make sure you come across as endearing and memorable, not polished and boring. Your “perfect resume” will not get you the job. Your personality will, especially if your resume shows you to be qualified.
4. Remember that your resume is not a tattoo and neither is your LinkedIn profile
One of the smartest ways to get a job is to have a resume for each specific career focus. When you apply to job applications online, or offline, resumes are not one-size-fits-all. Applying for Corporate Development jobs when your resume focuses on Investment Banking is a waste of time.
Job search tip: Be ready to change your resume at the drop of a hat. It is a good idea to have three or four resumes on hand when applying for jobs.
5. Don’t limit yourself to online applications
Online job applications can be time-consuming and take you away from face to face networking. The odds of getting a job through online applications are slim, so you cannot count on them 100% of the time.
Job search tip: In order to get a job, you have to talk to people face to face and through LinkedIn networking. Never commit to only one method. The majority of “dream jobs” happen because people were talking to others within their desired industry.
6. Make your resume painfully obvious
Your resume has a problem the second it provokes the question, “What do you do exactly?”
Job search tip: When you apply online, or in person, your resume should never create any doubt or confusion. If hiring managers do not see an obvious answer to the question, “What does this person do?”, the resume has a problem.
7. Ask not what your employer can do for you. Ask what you can do for your employer
The interviewer only cares about what you can do for them, even when they ask you about yourself. Certainly, they care about what you want, but only after you establish your worth. First, you must demonstrate why you bring value to the business.
Job search tip: Make your interview all about them. It’s not about you.
Why we forget these job search tips
It is very easy to forget the most practical advice while staying busy with a job search. There are millions of search results on Google with advice for job seekers, but when it comes down to finding a job, the simplest textbook advice always works best.
(Check out more search tips we forget in this article, Important Job Search Tips We Often Forget.)