Insider Look: How Experienced Job Hunters Look For Jobs

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It is not an easy experience to look for a job. If you're currently employed, it is the best time to begin a job hunt. Though the process itself can feel like a job in itslef. But, when you approach job hunting more smartly, it can guarantee you success.

While willpower, resilience, and determination are essential attributes to a job search success here are additional tips to help you on your job search journey.

Network Online

It is good that you are searching for jobs online, but it is also better if you network online. Most companies do not advertise their vacant position. You can only get to know about them through networking. So, you need to interact and communicate with others. Ensure that as you are searching for jobs online on one side, you are also telling your network about your job search on another side. Knowing someone on the inside is also a plus when job hunting; this can give you an edge over other applicants. You still need to have the required skills and knowledge. However, a good word from someone on the inside might guarantee your successful application.

Gain Experience and Make It Known

Lack of experience is part of the reasons why recruiters reject some applications. Most companies want candidates who are already in the know-how of how things are done in the industry. Hiring candidates who have experience will reduce the training period. So they go for applicants with experience. You can gather experience by volunteering in organizations in your field. Another way to gain experience is through an internship. As you are gathering all these experiences, note them on your LinkedIn profile and in your resume. Noting them will boost your chances of being hired the next time you apply.

Take Good Care of Your Social Media Pages

Your Social Media pages and feds should indicate a touch of professionalism. Essentially, you want to show that you are skilled and competent in your field. This applies more so to your LinkedIn profile as well since most employers and recruiters refer to this as your defacto online resume. Ensure you have industry-related keywords so your profile can be visible to recruiters and that the information on your LinkedIn profile tallies with what you have on your offline resume. Having contradicting information might disqualify you during the recruitment process.

You'll also need good recommendations_ some good sources are mentors, past employers, or previous line managers. It boosts your profile and makes you easily noticed when people you've previously worked with can attest to your skills, knowledge, and work ethic. When these sources

Keep Your Resume Updated and Precise

Some circles believe a resume cannot get you a job. While this may be true for certain individuals who are well-known authorities in their industry, more often than not, a bad resume will ruin the chance of most persons landing an interview. This is the more reason why you should have an organized and up-to-date resume.

Most recruiters spend a little time perusing resumes anyway, so you have to find a way to capture their attention in the first 10 seconds. A one-page resume can do this excellently well. Let your resume capture the recruiter’s attention at one glance. Also, check your resume for wrong spelling. Any mistake on your resume can send your application into a trash bin.

Avoid Using Embarrassing Email ID

Using an embarrassing email such as notyourregulargirl224@hotmail.com will send your application straight into a trash bin. Unfortunately, recruiters disqualify a lot of applicants because of their unprofessional email addresses. So you need to avoid that mistake. Also, when you are looking for a career change, don’t use the email address in your current domain. It reduces your chance of being hired.

Keep in Mind That There are Other Applicants

For a job you are applying for, many other applicants are applying for that same job. Invest energy and thought into your job application process.

Do not start applying arbitrarily, especially for jobs you are remotely unqualified for and for jobs you know you will not love doing. When you land an interview for jobs that you qualify for and you love doing, it makes the session a breeze because you will be in your natural elements. This way you have a very good chance of standing out of the pack.

Do Not Apply In a Rush

The moment most candidates see an advert about a job opening; they rush to submit applications. You should avoid doing this. The job description is an important guide; read it thoroughly to understand the employer's addressable needs and confirm if your skills and experiences meet these needs. This will also help you when drafting your cover letter, and an updated resume tailored for the role, as these documents should be highlighting these addressable needs. This action will make your application stand out and give you a higher chance of being hired.

Ask for Feedback After an Interview

Even if you are rejected, you should ask your interviewers for feedback. It shows that you are professional and you have a growth mindset. Interviews can be overwhelming, and you might not notice the mistakes you made during the interview. Asking for feedback from your interviewer that observed and evaluated you can serve as a means of personal development. It helps you gain more insight about an interview and helps you improve yourself. The feedback will help you prepare for your next interview. Besides, asking for feedback after the interview helps you connect with your recruiter. It can expand your network and create additional opportunities. When you're able to connect with recruiters outside the recruitment process, they may be able to point you towards suitable opportunities.

Conclusion

Change your current job hunting approach if it is not yielding the desired results. The tips described here will boost your chances of landing a job.


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