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Trying to find a job, as we’ve always advised you on this blog, is a job in itself. Job searching take time and effort–sometimes a great deal of time and effort. Much has changed throughout the years regarding the actual techniques of job searching, but much also remains the same. Here are several tips that can help you get the job you want, and in a lot less time.
These techniques should be included in every job seeker’s arsenal and will help you find a job quickly.
- Make sure your resume promotes you as persuasively and compellingly as possible. It’s very tempting for many job seekers to rush through the creation of their resume, just briefly listing previous employers and general job descriptions. Many people figure they can go into more detail in the interview, right? Wrong! You must make sure your resume stands out from the crowd and differentiates you from your competition. Your resume should be written to “sell” you to employers as the person best able to meet their needs and to do so in a profitable way. It should feature your accomplishments in a prominent way.Your resume is your best chance to make a great first impression and to get your foot in the door. Don’t waste that chance!
- Get involved in networking. Networking is a vital part of your job search and you never know who you may meet that could alter the course of your future career. Attend job seeker events, and go to local events that will draw representatives from companies in your area. Once you get there, resist the urge to hold up the wall, and get out there to start meeting people. Nearly every event, from a round of golf, to an art showing can be turned into a networking opportunity.
- Utilize social media in your search. Social media is the new way to find a job and if you’re not utilizing these tools yet — you should be. Create a LinkedIn account and start networking online. Follow key executives for companies you’d like to work for on Twitter. Though your Facebook page should be kept private and accessible to just your select list of friends and family, it is still a great way to stay connected and nurture relationships, which is really what networking is all about.
- Market yourself. Today’s job market is incredibly competitive. If you’re trying to find a job, you’ve got to be willing to put yourself out there and market your skills assertively. Make a list of all the ways that you add value to your employers. Are you especially good at making them money? Saving them money? Improving efficiency? Building strong customer relationships? Creatively fixing problems? Know what your strengths are and how they benefit the companies you work for. Now make certain you promote those strengths when speaking to networking contacts and in every contact with potential employers.
- Look for the “unposted” job openings. Not all companies immediately post new positions. In fact, the majority of job openings are part of what is known as the hidden job market.Make a short list of your dream companies and then start working your networking contacts to find someone with connections in the companies of interest. Whether you need to find a job quickly or are willing to take your time to land your dream job, this could be the key that unlocks the door for you.
Don’t let the stress of job hunting get to you. By following these easy tips you can be assured that you’ll land the job you deserve at a great company and your future will look all the brighter for the effort you’ve put in.