Searching for a job can be daunting. Adopting these strategies with a positive mindset will help you prepare and progress along in your job search.
At the start of the job search, define what you can offer potential employers by reflecting on your values, interests and accomplishments. With a clear understanding of your strengths, skills and interests, focus on jobs that will enable you to perform at your best. Learn to highlight and present your unique abilities to prospective employers when communicating with them.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Be aware of the outlook of the job market and job trends. Make a list of your targeted industries, companies and jobs so that you can focus your search efforts on where your coveted roles are. Find out more about the culture, values, requirements and performance of the organisations that you are interested in. Apply directly to the organisation through contacts or via job portals and LinkedIn.
CUSTOMISE YOUR RESUME AND LINKEDIN PROFILE
Recruiters spend an average of less than 10 seconds on a resume. Increase your chances of securing an interview by customising your resume for each job application. A well-written resume draws attention to the relevance of your skills and qualifications for the post you are applying for. Create an outstanding LinkedIn profile to give potential employers a comprehensive view and impression of who you are.
More than 70% of jobs are secured through networking. You should therefore leverage your network of family and friends to get connected to job opportunities. Ask for an introduction to a company connection. Attend all information sessions and recruitment events, virtually or in person. Subscribe and participate in LinkedIn interest groups. In addition to applying for jobs online, proactively reach out to industry professionals and recruiters through email or LinkedIn messaging.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Keep track of your job applications, interviews and all forms of communication with employers. This will help you stay on top of follow-ups, and let you know what you have accomplished thus far and what your next steps should be.
CLEAN UP YOUR ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
It is important to maintain a strong professional brand online. Your social media presence should consistently portray a positive professional image. Clean up your social media presence so that it does not affect your personal brand. Remember: recruiters often check out candidates on social media platforms.