Simply landing a job is not enough to make your career soar. Considering the fragile state of economy, we can safely say that nobody is truly safe. People are being let go every month, even if they are doing a good job. Even if you have your dream job, nobody can guarantee that you will still have it tomorrow. The only thing that is consistent every year is the very fast pace of change. Therefore, you should always be prepared for unforeseen circumstances.
On the other hand, if you do not have a job, you should definitely try to learn as much as you can about the field that you wish to work in, and how you can make sure you are accepted by a potential employee. Keeping on top of recent career trends and studying continuously is imperative. The internet is full of useful information, strategies and tips for job-seekers, and after having researched most of them, we would like to discuss about our favorites. The tricks below have been tested by hundreds of career professionals, coaches, and resume writers, and they work.
#1 Create a Short and Concise Resume
There has been a lot of talk on the subject of resumes, and even if many consider that they face impending doom, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Resumes are still important tools for finding a job and showcasing skills. Nevertheless, hiring managers don’t have a lot of time on their hands, so they need formats that they can quickly read, in small bits. Make sure you create a short resume, in which you include vital information about your background, knowledge and studies. According to recent reports, a typical resume is scanned for approximately six to ten seconds, usually on a mobile device. To make your resume easier to read try to eliminate filler words, and use numbers to quantify your results. As contact information only add an email, a LinkedIn profile and a phone number.
#2 Be Original for Successful Job Searching: Use Social Media
The world has changed, so it was only natural that the job hunting process, and everything related to our careers will also change with it. We strongly recommend that you find relevant groups on LinkedIn by searching groups you may like in the groups directory tab. Become part of the community, share interesting article, give pertinent comments etc. The chances of being seen by a potential hiring manager or simply becoming a go-to source for knowledge will increase.
Twitter is another tool that you can utilize to your advantage. With it you can attract the attention of employees who are hiring. These potential employers will appreciate your resourcefulness, as long as it is well executed. According to sources, employers are moving away from using external recruiters, to internal hiring processes, which will heavily rely on identifying prospective employees with the help of social networks.
#3 Create a Portfolio of Job-Search Resources
If you really want to step up your game, you have to come up with something truly unique. A great way of distinguishing yourself from other crowd applicants is by supplementing your resume with collateral leadership briefs, blogs that establish robust knowledge and professional identity etc. In other words, investing in an online presence, may it be social media or simply on blogs (which in a way involves social media) is essential. Considering that there are so many online resources that you can take advantage of, it should not be hard to get a head-start.
Another thing that we advise you to do, is to find a hiring coach to perfect your video interview skills. It is no secret that more and more interviews are being made on Skype, so you will probably see better results with practice.