Job Hunting. Those two words can strike fear in the hearts of many professionals of all ages. No matter your level of experience, time spent at a company or the five year plan you carved out for yourself, you could find yourself hunting for a new gig. Searching for a job is a full time effort that needs the best tactics to succeed.
New and Improved Resume
A resume is the most basic of tools in the the job hunting arsenal. It’s the first impression you make on talent acquisition and it should be the best representation of your professional self. Toss out that old dusty resume and invest a few bucks in a modern resume template that helps you stand out from the crowd. There are plenty of template designs on Etsy for as little as $5 or if you are design savvy, create one yourself. If you are not knowledgeable about what to include on today’s resumes, try looking through these templates and seeing what you can change up. Enlist a friend for help in reviewing your resume for errors and mistakes. Even if you are currently employed, having your resume up to date is essential.
This is a given, but many people forget to ASK for help. Start with your immediate circle of friends and family then move to friends of your parents and past professional connections. Something as simple as asking if they have any openings at their company that fit what you are looking for could go a long way. Many companies allow employees to refer friends to open positions. Don’t be shy! Learn to accept help and ask for what you need.
The More the Merrier
It may come as a shock, but I have crossed many job seekers who aren’t really looking. Have you ever had a friend in need of a job but never seems to be applying? Don’t be that person who thinks that a new job will drop in their lap. Set a goal of how many jobs you will apply for daily or weekly and meet it!
We all know that feeling that comes after completing a long application. You suddenly realize, there are thousands of people who applied as well and we lose confidence. If you do get that call for an interview, don’t blend in. Job interviews are about standing out. Stand out with simple things like a hand written thank you card, a portfolio of your experience or learning something meaningful about the organization.
Job hunting is a challenge for everyone. Always keep your skills sharp in interviewing and representing yourself professionally. Go after that first job, dream job or that career change today!