Are you on the lookout for a job? You’re not the only one who is going through this is going through this! Currently, millions of Americans are unemployed.
If you’re a part of this staggering figure, don’t worry. All you may need to find your next job are some pointers on how to go about job searching effectively. These are four tips on how to make job hunting easier.
- Make minor adjustments to your resume
Any employer’s first impression of you will be formed by your resume. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you put yours together hastily or haven’t changed it in years.
Use a simple and easy-to-read technical font. Select a font size of at least 12 points.
Take a look at resume examples in your sector. You can find them using Google. Look at what other people have on their resumes on ideas for your own.
Make sure your resume is perfect for each position you’re applying for. Include any accomplishments that are important to the role. You want the recruiter to know that you’re worth a call within seconds of looking at your resume.
Make sure to include some of the same keywords in language from the job description in your resume.
If you’re still having trouble, see if hiring a competent resume writer will help you.
- Create a network
In today’s tech-centric world, networking is essential for landing a job. “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know,” as the adage goes. Around 70% of job listings aren’t released, so you’re missing out if you just look for jobs online.
Social media is an excellent networking platform. Use LinkedIn to find important contacts that can help you in your work search. Start a conversation with them and give them something useful in exchange
- Make the Most of Your Skills
In the current economy, finding a full-time job can be challenging. That’s not to say you shouldn’t look for jobs to fill the void. Show employers what you can do if you have skills or experience to give.
If necessary, apply for part-time or contract positions. They’ll not only help you pay the bills, but they’ll also give you more work experience for your resume.
Consider working as a freelancer. If you have experience or talent, there are thousands of freelance jobs you can do from your home. To supplement your income, work as a copy editor, branding consultant, or social media manager. Work is a virtual assistant, a web designer, an SEO expert, do translations from audio to text . . . There is so much that you can do on a freelance basis.
Another way to get your name out there is to volunteer. It won’t cover your bills, but it will get you out of the house and help you expand your network.
- Don’t Put All Your Effort in the Internet
As you might be aware, many work openings are not advertised online until they are filled. Other times, by the time you submit your application, the work can already be in the final interview stage.
If you want to work for a particular organization, don’t hesitate to contact them directly. Always trying to find the hiring manager first, rather than human resources.
Since applying for jobs online is so easy, many people apply to dozens of jobs each day and never hear back. Since they believe that applying online is sufficient, many job seekers do not take the time to tailor their resume to the specific role, let alone contact the organization or their hiring manager. Don’t be like the others who have applied; put yourself forward!
Job hunting does not have to be difficult.
With my advice, finding a job would be a lot easier. Be patient, and don’t be afraid to contact prospective employers.
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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