JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
Job Search is Just a Part of the Puzzle
Finding a job that fits your skills, experience, and work preferences is a job in itself. You will need preparation, patience, and a viable plan.
The truth is job security does not exist. There are too many factors beyond your control, market shifts, company finances, laws, business leadership, etc. Jobs and careers have always been dynamic; now, it’s ramped up. Be ready. Most of all, keep your resume updated.
Consider being willing to repackage your skills to move into a job that may not be on your preferred list now, for future positioning.
Every job seeker wants a successful conclusion to their search. Solely uploading your resume has a low success rate, even if it is a viable strategy. You must incorporate other search vehicles, as well.
Find Companies That Are Hiring
You must become a detective. Make a list of companies where you’d like to work. Then research the company to determine if they are hiring. Don’t just look for job postings. Talk to people who work for the company. Read articles about the company in the local newspaper, business journals, or trade publications. Are they expanding? If so, they’ll likely be hiring in the future.
Start with the End in Mind
Take the time to think about what kind of job you’re targeting. What job title, functional roles, and industry are of interest to you? Any specific companies where you’d like to work? If your ideal job were available, how would you describe it?
Social media is becoming increasingly important in the job search. More than 22 million job seekers used online social networks to find their next job. Being active on social media — and connecting with prospective employers on social media — can be more valuable than applying for jobs posted on job boards.
Resumes and Cover Letters
Keep your resume up to date at all times. You never know when you might need it. Your resume is your “personal marketing ambassador” when you are not physically present. Yes, you can write it but If you are not comfortable writing it yourself, seek the services of a Professional Resume Writer. Consider it is an investment in your future earning capacity and professional reputation.
If your resume is uploaded online, it is very likely it will go through a computerized scan, the Applicant Tracking System – ATS. Many large (and small) employers use these computerized systems to screen job applicants. You may have to seek out a Professional Resume Writer for formatting assistance.