Refresh your Job Search for 2018
You still have time to make your new career resolutions for 2018. Start off by finding a new approach to landing that next job! To help, we’ve got four tips to revitalize your job search in this New Year!
- A new “social” you
Refreshing your social networking profiles might just do the trick. Employers like to gain information about potential candidates by checking out their social media profiles. So, be sure your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts provide a positive picture of you and remove images or content that may reflect negatively. Also, adjust your privacy settings to ensure you are in complete control of what others see about you online. As for LinkedIn, be sure to include skills in your profile that are relevant and up to date. A profile summary goes a long way and so does sharing thought provoking articles that position you as an expert in your field.
- A resume makeover
For many employers, their first (and lasting!) impression of a candidate comes from what is written on their resume. That means the sure the format and content in your resume really needs to highlight your skills and personality. Now you find that your resume isn’t landing you any calls or interviews, it may be time for a makeover. A good place to start is asking someone to provide a critique, or consult online samples to make revisions. And remember, no two jobs are alike, therefore you need to adapt your resume to suit the position you’re applying for and incorporate the buzz words they included in the job posting to make sure your resume comes up in their searches.
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- Explore other avenues
Are those job boards you’re using not getting you any traction? Time to diversify your action plan! Start pushing the envelope and email the companies you’ve targeted to get your name out there. LinkedIn is a great tool to help with this. The search bar function allows you to pinpoint the hiring manager for many companies. Send them your tailored resume along with a short message that outlines the skills that make you the right choice for the role. You may not get a response, but that doesn’t mean your message went unnoticed!
Set realistic expectations
Expecting to take huge professional jumps can bring disappointment. If you’re looking to enter the workforce or make a career change, it’s essential to set realistic career expectations. Seek out roles that offer career progression. Consider applying for a position that focuses on experience instead of skills to possibly qualify you for that “dream job”. Taking small steps and applying for a job in the right field could result in professional leaps and bounds later on!