The modern job search can feel like a never-ending battle if you are not able to take advantage of certain new technologies and processes. Many talented individuals who haven’t been looking for a job recently are caught unawares and left wondering why they are sending out resume after resume but never hearing back from hiring managers. The truth is that job hunting has changed. Employers are hiring differently. Everyone is optimizing for time and cost, but with these 3 tips, you can work toward getting a good job faster and more effectively.
From an employer’s perspective, one of the most attractive aspects of the modern recruiting process is the automation and the ability to reach out to a wider field of candidates quicker and easier than ever before. But that results in some interesting challenges for professionals in the market for a new job. A common mistake that job hunters make is to send out a generalized template style resume to several different employers and waiting to see what sticks. In the present day of search engines and automated application forms, that’s a great way to get completely ignored by recruiters and hiring managers.
Instead, lean into the technology and let it work for you. Highlight keywords that you know employers are looking for in resumes that read. Reach out to employers on social media. Connect with them in forums. Differentiate yourself using the latest and greatest technologies to show that you mean business and would be able to bring that knowledge and experience to help them grow their business.
Goal setting is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure a positive job search experience. You should know what it is you are looking to achieve right from the beginning. What sort of job do you want to get? Who do you want to work for? How much do you want to get paid? Answering these questions on the front end of a job search is important so that you ensure that you don’t settle for whatever falls into your lap. This is your job search, your career. Take ownership of it and be prepared to say no to an offer that simply doesn’t meet your standards or fails to help you reach your goals.
Networking can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of a job search. Asking former colleagues and connections for leads or recommendations can be tough. It opens you up to rejection and it reveals a certain vulnerability that most professionals like to keep hidden away. But talking to your family, your friends, and your colleagues for referrals can be a cathartic experience. They can help you see how valuable you are, and how much promise your career holds. They can inspire and motivate you to do better than you would do otherwise, and above all, they can provide the support that will give your career a boost with little to no leg work from you. So, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
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