With the holidays behind us, now is a good time to turn up the heat on your job search.
Think about your current search methods. What’s working? What could use improvement? Maybe you have a tried and true methodology. Either way, there’s always room for improvement.
Here are five tips to help you land that next big gig:
1. Build your personal brand. Take a look at your resume, LinkedIn, and Twitter profiles. They should all tell a potential employer the same thing. This brief statement should address the age-old “Tell me about yourself” interview ice-breaker. This declaration should be approximately two to three sentences and state your profession and what makes you a better choice than the next guy.
2. Highlight quantifiable achievements on your resume. Do any of the bullets on your resume say “responsibilities include” or “duties include”? If so you may be dead in the water before you even get your hair wet. This is passive language and indicates that you are someone who simply carries out duties instead of a person who achieves. You have a limited amount of time to make the first impression with your resume. One of the best ways to do this is to show the employer what you can do for them. Think “I did this, which resulted in this” or “I achieved this by doing this”.
3. Maintain your LinkedIn profile. I cannot stress this enough! This website can be an invaluable resource for jobseekers when it’s used correctly. Be sure to fill out your profile as comprehensively as possible. Use industry-specific keywords, skills, and functions often listed among job descriptions of relevant positions to you. Personalize your profile with videos, documents, images, or audio if it applies. While endorsements are great, don’t be shy about requesting references to back up your skill set to highlight your talent to the best of your ability.
4. Keep in touch with your references. Though it’s rare that references will be contacted until the final stages in the hiring process, why leave it up to chance? If you’re actively job searching, take the time to touch base with your references periodically to let them know you’re looking and what type of position and skills they may be asked about. No one likes to be caught off guard or unprepared so don’t leave your reference hanging. After all, you want them to speak highly of you so it’s wise to be considerate in this situation.
5. Networking is your friend, online and in-person. Sometimes the best connections are right under your nose. If you’re looking for a new position, put the word out. When mingling at homecoming, seminars, the gym, or community meetings and events optimize that opportunity to build relationships. Chances are that person knows someone who knows someone. Now I don’t advise carting around your resume in these circumstances, however, exchanging a business card or LinkedIn address could be just the connection you need.
RoxxyWrites! Whisper Tip: When in doubt, don’t put it out! This should go without saying but be careful how you conduct yourself at events and online. You never know who is watching so it’s best to play it safe. Now, I’m not saying don’t be your regular, colorful self; but think of it this way, is posting that latest video from WordStar really worth forfeiting that corner office? I’ll answer that for you….it’s not! If you wouldn’t share it with the church usher board, don’t post it!
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