Important Job Search Tips We Often Forget
There are times when we get bogged down with online advice containing job search tips. We begin to forget the important job search efforts that actually help us find a job. We also start to forget that our hunt for a job should not be super complicated.
When you read these job search tips below you may even find yourself saying, “I knew that! How could I forget?!”.
Your resume is not made of stone
When looking for a job, you are allowed to tailor your resume for specific jobs. It is not made of stone and you can change it back. It does not mean you are lying on your resume. It means you are only sharing what is relevant in your hunt for a job.
It's a good idea and important because hiring managers and recruiters are only looking at your resume for what they need. They don't need to know every small detail of your career.
Tip: Study the job description and the company before you apply for work. Then tailor your resume to fit their needs using relevant information. The same applies to LinkedIn. If you need to change your resume during your job search efforts, by all means, do it.
Online job applications are not everything
As you hunt for a job, you will come across dozens of job boards. You may start thinking this is the way to go. After all, look at the abundance of jobs! But online job applications in abundance does not equate to successful job search efforts.
Applying for work online is only one method of finding job candidates that everyone can use. Therefore, the process gets flooded with people on the hunt for a job.
Tip: Start doing what others are NOT doing all the time. Network with people who work at the company you want to work in. Job hunt by connecting with recruiters and hiring managers at your favorite companies.
Connect with employees within a company and find out what it is like to work there. Hire services like Find My Profession to help you with some of this digital footwork. If you enjoy meeting people, try finding and attending a Meetup with people who work in your industry. You will start to see why online job applications are just one tool for your job search.
Saying “please” and “thank you” matters
Words like "please" and "thank you" still matter in your job search efforts. If you rely on automated tools to say, “Please” or “Thank you”, the chances are you will not make any type of impression. Messages that were sent with the click of a button read as robotic.
Tip: If you are requesting an interview or following up, remember to send a “human” message that shows appreciation for a person’s time.
You are displaying the ability to show gratitude and interpersonal skills. At the same time, you are displaying a writing sample. Leave the robotic messages out of your job search. People still like to work with people. Polite, friendly, appreciative people remember to say, “Please” and “Thank you”.
For all the job search tips, rarely do you hear stories of people getting hired because they duplicated what someone else did. You will hear many stories of job candidates doing something unique to get hired. These job seekers broke the mold. They decided to be themselves.
For the most part, all the advice out there is to help you eventually discover the genuine and memorable “you”.
Tip: You have to learn the rules of the job search game before you can break them. In the beginning of your job search efforts, you may go on job boards like Indeed.com or Glassdoor and read advice from Top Resume. Yet, if you simply duplicate the actions of everyone else, you look like just another boring job seeker clone. No one will remember you because you look like everyone else.
When you discover what makes you memorable and a valuable job candidate, you will usually discover you are just being yourself. It is not easy. Being yourself takes discipline, courage, and the humility to hold yourself accountable for your own actions.
Two great resources to help you on this journey include the book “The Slight Edge” and “The Laws of Attraction”. Even though they do not give out specific tips for finding a job, they help you discover yourself. More importantly, they help you discover when you are not being honest with yourself.
People who are comfortable with themselves are confident. And confident people are hired for being great team players, leaders, and the most productive.