New Job Search Tips for 2018

New Job Search Tips for 2018

Job searching can be difficult.

Whether you are an experienced worker or an entry-level seeker, we can all struggle with finding a job.

Without knowing how to find positions, build connections, create a compelling resume and cover letter, or prepare for an interview, it can seem impossible.

But, it is not impossible.

There is a job out there for you.

You just have to know how to get it.

Check out the following tips for how to get a job.

Determine what your skills are

Are you trying to find a job based on the job title alone?

Here’s the problem…

Job titles are changing and don’t often reflect the most suitable positions.

Try to focus your search on required skills instead.

To do this, you need to determine what your skills are and match them to the skills employers are searching for.

Here’s how this helps your job search

You can expand your search beyond job titles and find more suitable roles.

Utilize LinkedIn

If you aren’t on LinkedIn already, you are missing out.

Without a current LinkedIn profile, you are not only missing out on job listings, but you are missing out on networking opportunities.

So what do you do?

Update or create your LinkedIn profile, showcasing your work history and skill set.

Create an engaging LinkedIn summary to showcase your interest and experience in your field.

Change your settings to let recruiters know you are looking for opportunities.

Build your network by connecting with fellow alumni, colleagues, and connections in your industry.

Choose quality over quantity

When you are desperate for a job, you may start to think of job applications as a numbers game.

You may find yourself thinking, “The more applications I submit, the more likely I am to get hired.”

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

When you are applying for jobs, you should be more focused on the quality of job opportunities over the quantity.

Focus in on location, company values, and how employees feel about the company.

Reach out to professional connections for input on job opportunities and company culture.

Tailor your resume for each application.

Are you using a one-size-fits-all resume?

Using only one resume could be costing you jobs.

When applying for jobs, tailor your resume to fit the position you are applying for.

Customize your resume to reflect the skills needed for the position.

While some of the same elements will remain from job-to-job, such as experience, education, etc., customizing your resume can help give you an edge over your competitors.

Create a meaningful cover letter.

Here’s the thing.

Cover letters get a bad rap.

They get treated as unimportant or get used to recycle resumes.

But, cover letters are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase who you are and what you have to offer.

A meaningful, passionate cover letter can be a great way to showcase your experience, while also displaying your ability to write and communicate.

Use your cover letter to supplement your resume and show why you are the right fit for the job.

Prepare for your interviews

Knowing how to prep for a job interview can make or break your job search.

Taking the following steps can help land you the job you are after:

  • Research the company, what they do, and what your role would be.

  • Look up common interview questions and how to answer them.

  • See if you can find out who is interviewing you and get to know their background.

  • Prepare questions to ask your interviewer to display your interest in the company and position.

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