In today’s digital world it is very easy to go on Google and look for as much advice in as much detail and as much wisdom as possible in any area of your life. The same goes for job searching advice but the problem is that among these nuggets of wisdom, most of the advice is completely contradictory to each other.
When you are looking for a job the frustration of what tips to follow will make you feel overwhelmed. Frustration is the exact opposite of what you’re looking for while you are in the job searching mode. So we’re here to help you boil things down. Here is a short and sweet list of things that could be categorized as timeless job searching tips. It will help you get started and save you both, the frustration and unnecessary reading of time-consuming articles. Let’s dive in:
1. Make Yourself “The Obvious Fit”
It is very likely that your resume will be checked in by an applicant tracking system before it meets a human eyeball. Assuming you make the cut and move to a human being, It’s likely it will be reviewed by somebody at a lower level HR position, who might not understand the technicalities of the job you are applying for. As a job seeker, you have to make your resume easier to read for the computer as well as the human being. You have to smartly smack them in the head with what they’re looking for and here’s why you are the best fit. Studying the job description and using the same keywords and phrases to showcase your strengths and why you would be a great fit for the role is a great way to start.
2. Go Beyond Online Applications
While it’s a very good and convenient option to search and apply for jobs online, if you want to accelerate this process, don’t limit yourself to online applications. Apart from applying online, start showcasing yourself to the people and the company who have decision-making positions. For example, scheduling informational interviews with colleagues or approaching somebody internal such as an HR manager to drop in your resume. Maybe intentionally putting yourself in a coffee house or networking event or even a lift with the CEO of the company anybody who might get you an interview. It will benefit you greatly because recruiters and decision-makers take recommendations from inside the company and prefer interviewing them over a blob of resumes.
3. Resume And Profiles Are Not Permanent
Yes, you have worked hard on your LinkedIn profile and it looks aesthetic. Your CV looks perfect in all aspects too. But while applying for jobs, don’t be afraid to change keywords & phrases to fit into the job you are targeting. Let’s face it, your profile or resume is not a tattoo. Treat them as living breathing documents capable of change. Make changes as and when necessary. One pro tip, turn off activity broadcast in your Linkedin privacy settings. It might make your current manager suspicious to see changes being made to your profile every now and then.
4. No Linkedin = No Existence
More than 90% of recruiters have been using LinkedIn in the past decade as their primary source to hire and this is no understatement. If you are a professional looking to expand your career or be in the industry for a long time, you need to have a LinkedIn profile. Take full advantage of this online networking and recruiting platform. For example tomorrow morning a recruiter searches on LinkedIn geology expert in whatever you do and you are not there, guess who are they going to hire. Yes, exactly “not you”. Learn to bend the power of social media to further your career, especially LinkedIn. One way would be to find people in your target company and connect with them through LinkedIn this will place you in a better relevant position to be hired by recruiting managers
Last but not least would be to remember that at the end of the day the recruiter cares about two things: what do you bring to the table for the company and are you cool to work with. The first part can be demonstrated through several ways using a paper resume, showing up and LinkedIn profiles in your network. The Latter should be demonstrated in an interview. Now go and show everyone how its done.