- Get Specific
Time is precious when looking for a new job. Don’t waste it by filling out a bunch of applications to places you are only semi-interested in. Instead, take the time to figure out the type of position you would really enjoy and then devote yourself to finding something that matches. Most job boards and recruiting sites allow you to make specific searches to match you with a job that you would enjoy and succeed at.
Write out a few keywords that fit job duties and the work experience you have, so you can use each sites’ search functionality to your advantage. These specific searches also allow you to specify how close the results will be location-wise as well as pay and employment level. The results will point you to available positions much closer aligned to your desires. Once you have a match, filling out the application will be much less tedious than applying for a position you aren’t as interested in.
- Don’t Settle
Remain specific when it comes to where you want to work. Just because there are 10 openings in your field, doesn’t mean you should apply to all of them. Research their employer brand online and speak with friends and family, so that you find a company and position that fits your work values and needs.
Before starting your research, try compiling a list of what the perfect company is to you, the type of work environment you thrive in and any companies that excite you.
- Don’t Just Quit
You’ve done your research and submitted your application/resume, but now what? Keep your eyes open for other potential employers and opportunities as they come available, it’s better to apply for many positions that interest you than just applying to one or two.
If a company sends a rejection letter, take this opportunity to ask them what you could have done differently, and build on that for next time.
- Remember the Cover letter
Hiring managers only spend between 5-7 seconds reviewing a resume, so it’s important to grab their attention with a cover letter. It’s best practice to change the cover letter for each position you apply for.
Give a brief summary of your qualifications and touch on how you plan to help the company thrive. Hiring managers want to know what sets you apart from other applicants. Without this, it’s possible your resume may not stand out and you may be passed up for the position.
- Keep it Simple
If you’ve been in the workforce for years and have pages of experience should you list it all? Not quite. When it comes to stating experience and work history, keep it recent and simple.
The past three jobs or 5-7 years of employment are enough to offer a clear view into your work experience. Offering too much information can be overwhelming and could agitate the hiring manager instead of impress.
- Employment isn’t Everything
Many job seekers go weeks or even months without finding the right job. This leaves gaps in the work history section that often leaves recruiters fearful the job seeker isn’t reliable. Fortunately, stating your work history isn’t all there is to a resume.
Be sure to feature any volunteer work or projects you did during the gap. If you were a stay-at-home parent, mention that as well. Recruiters want to know what you were doing and how you were growing your skills while you weren’t working for a company.
- Dress For What You Want
Most have heard the saying, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Well, it really does hold some truth. When going into an interview, don’t dress just for your part, dress for the part of upper or senior management, or the position that you hope to obtain during your career at the company.
First impressions are everything, especially when you only have 30 minutes or so to talk with someone before they decide to hire you. Make it count!
- Don’t Fake It
Employers do not want to see fake smiles or rehearsed answers when it comes time for the interview. They want to know who they hope to hire and you want to match the position and culture. Being misleading helps neither of you.
Saying what you think the employer wants to hear might get the job, but the job might be a total misfit for who you truly are and want to become. Being honest is the best way to show off your skills and land the job of your dreams.