1: You Need a Solid Resume + Cover Letter + References
There is one thing that hasn’t changed over the years: you need an eye-catching resume, cover letter, and list of relevant references.
Resumes and cover letters are the foundation of any job search. You must ask yourself if yours contains what it needs to stand out in a pile of hundreds or even thousands of other job applicants.
You must grab the job seeker’s attention off the bat. Surveys show the average time an employer spends reading a resume in 2022 is only 6-7 seconds! Yes, seconds! If you want some tips on how to make your resume top-notch, check out this article.
2: You Might Need A New Email Address
Your resume can be gold, but it might never get opened if your email address is unprofessional. Recent stats reveal that 76% of all resumes automatically get tossed due to their email address alone.
Suppose your email address is still the one you used in college and doesn’t sound very professional. In that case, you should consider creating a new domain solely for job searching. It should be simple, as close to your name as possible, and, if possible, portray your skill set.
3: Start Networking
Most people think the best way to find a job is to scour online job boards. That is something you should be doing daily, and we will discuss how to do so successfully further down. But job boards shouldn’t be your only job search strategy because many open jobs aren’t posted online, including on the company website.
Often, you will only know about a job opening if you have an internal connection. For this reason, it’s no surprise that one survey found a whopping 85% of job offers are filled through networking.
You should spend just as much time, if not more, on building relationships with people who work in your industry of interest.
Attend industry events, join professional organizations, and connect with professionals on job sites such as LinkedIn or even social media like Facebook and Instagram. And don’t just join these social networks to browse or post “I need a job.” Be active by engaging and posting helpful content that showcases your skill set.
4: Ask For a Referral
When landing a job, it’s indeed about who you know. Surveys show that referred job candidates are at least 45% more likely to be hired.
Don’t underestimate the power of having a friend, acquaintance, former co-worker, or even people you don’t know very well but have met while networking to hand deliver your resume or put a bug in the hiring team’s ear to be on the lookout for your application.
Always make the most of your connections, new and old. Make a list of potential people to reach out to and have at least one or two new weekly conversations.
5: Use Multiple Job Boards
If you’re only using one or two job sites, you are probably missing out on a lot of potential opportunities. While you might see the same jobs posted across multiple platforms, that isn’t always the case.
To maximize your chances of landing a job, you should be active and sign up to receive notifications on as many reputable job sites as possible. For example, many jobs listed here on WorkForce Essentials can’t be found on popular sites like Glassdoor or LinkedIn.
Many often wonder if LinkedIn is still a viable job-searching tool in 2022. While there are plenty of newer job boards, LinkedIn remains one of the best places to find employment and for employers to discover you.
Whether it’s LinkedIn or another similar job site, there are a few tips job seekers need to take advantage of to make their profile stand out. We will discuss those under job strategy #8.
6: Look For The Right Job Fit
While it might be tempting to apply for anything that even remotely looks like a decent fit, your primary focus should be applying to appropriate job fits.
Don’t stop there; look at company benefits, perks, and workplace culture. Search for companies that you’d be excited to work for.
Start by making a list of all of your skills, certifications, and strong points. Then make a list of “bucket list” companies you would love to work for one day. This will give you a solid idea of the type of roles and companies you should spend most of your time searching and applying for.
That said, don’t hesitate to take a proactive approach and reach out to the department heads and managers at your “bucket list” companies, even if you feel you aren’t fully qualified, or they don’t have an opening listed. You can easily find these contacts on job boards such as LinkedIn.
7: Stay On Top Of Industry Trends and News
Knowledge is power!! Spend at least 30-minutes every day reading everything you can find from reputable sources about your industry.
This insight will not only give you content ideas to improve your job board and social media profiles (which we discuss next,) it will help you be more prepared for any questions an employer might ask and give you endless tidbits to talk about during your interview that will impress an employer.
Most job boards like LinkedIn and social media platforms like Facebook have an “About” section. Many also have an area where you can list your work experience.
The about section is a chance to show a potential employer why they should even read your resume. List the key bullet points you would use in your cover letter and the answers to common interview questions such as, “tell me about yourself” – “what are your strong points” – and any other tidbits that detail why you are an expert in your field.
In the work experience section, go beyond listing all the places you have been employed and your job title. Include your accomplishments and ways the company benefited from having you as an employee.
While at it, you should also consider cleaning up your social media pages or making them private. It goes without saying that most hiring managers will check out your LinkedIn page if you have one (and you do, right?) But many also look at your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok accounts.
If you don’t want to make your page private, consider hiding or deleting any potentially offensive posts. Replace them with more appropriate photos and industry-related news, quotes, or articles.
If you aren’t already, you should also un-follow “tacky” accounts and start following relevant companies and inspiring people in your niche. This shows potential employers you are passionate about what you do and up to date on trends within your industry.