If landing a job was easy everyone would have one. The reality is, finding a job is tough and finding a job that pays well, comes with great benefits and within your degree field is even tougher. While the job market looks a lot better than it did 5 years ago finding a job still is not easy and for most people, one will not fall into their lap. Below are my 15 most useful job search tips
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15 Job Search Tips Anyone Can Use
Make a Game Plan
Whether you are about to start your job search or in the middle of it. It is best to come up with a game plan of how you want to attack job hunting. Will you spend the first day of the week tailoring your resume and cover letters? Will you apply only to top choice jobs? How many applications will you put in a day? Having a game plan will keep you on track and help you stay focus during your job hunt.
Clean Up Social Media
You would be surprised at how many job offers you lose because of your social media accounts. My best advice is to private all your social media account and do not add anyone new until after you have landed your job. But if you choose not to private your account or the company request that you follow them having a clean social media account is crucial. Take the time to delete all your political opinions, uncensored thoughts, and party pictures. The formula to having a clean social media account is a balance. Keep in mind most jobs are looking for someone who they can work with on a daily basis. So it is ok to show your fun personality. Keep a few party pictures just makes sure they have no booze in them.
Resume and Cover Letter
Before starting your job hunt make sure you have gone through your resume and cover letter with a fine tooth comb. Make sure your resume only has relevant job experiences lists and make sure your cover letter is tailored for each of every job you apply for. You can check out my what to do before sending your resume tips at this post.
Invest in a Black Suit
I would also use this time to invest in a good black suit. Think of it as your interview suit. No will know that you wear it every interview but you. As much as we like to believe that this country is a forward thinking country sadly much of the professional and corporate world is still very conservative. Don’t let a thing like attire keep you from landing a job.
Create a LinkedIn Account
If you do not have a LinkedIn account I suggest creating one and taking the time to really make it professional. A lot of the professional and corporate world use the LinkedIn to check out potential candidates. Plus, LinkedIn has a nice job search feature where I guarantee you any job you apply for through LinkedIn you can bet your bottom dollars they will be looking at your LinkedIn account. Check out this great post on 31 of the Best Linkedin Profile Tips for Job Searching
Purchase Thank You Cards
A person who sends thank you cards a week after their interview is bound to be remembered. You can purchase thank you cards from Amazon or my favorite store target. Keep it nice and short with something like “I want to thank you for the opportunity to interview with your office. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you”.
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Remember the funny voicemails you had on your phone during college. Well, it’s time to delete those because chances are you will miss a few calls and the last thing you want is for a job to be turned off by your voicemail. Again, keep it short by stating something like this “You have reached [insert name], I am sorry I am unable to take your call right now, but if you leave a message, name, and number I will be sure to return your call.”
Make yourself business cards. When job hunting, every opportunity is a chance to land a job and you always want to be prepared. While it not ideal to carry your resume around every where you go, business cards can always go with you either in your purse or wallet.
Professional E-mail Address
I am sure we all heard this job hunting holy grail. Get read of the goofy e-mail address. They make you look extremely silly and childish.
Before your job search, you want to have practice interviews. The point is so that you can get used to the typical questions that are asked during interviews. You can have a friend ask you the questions so that you can practice your response.
Develop Question to Ask Bank
When you are at a job interview and they ask you “Do you have any questions”, never say no. Collect about five or seven questions you can ask after an interview. Keep the range of questions different just in case one of these questions are asked in the interview, do not want to seem like you do not pay attention.
Apply for a Ton of Jobs
When applying for jobs, apply for many. Think of it this way. You see a job listing online more than likely probably 1000 others have seen the same job listing, probably 500 of them applied, 200 of their resumes were looked over, and only 20 were accepted for actual interviews. As you can see, the chances of you getting selected to come in an interview are already extremely slim. Which is why you want to up your odds by applying for as many jobs as you can.
During your job hunting do not forget to network. Most of the time landing job is all about who you know. Go to any networking events you hear about including job fairs.
Track Your Application
Keep track of jobs you have applied for. You can track your job hunting by pulling off a list of documents and keeping a running list of jobs you have applied for and marking beside them whether you received an interview, offer or denial.
Don’t Let Job Qualifications Scare You
My last tip is to do not let job qualifications scare you. As millennials, we have all seen those jobs applications that claim entry level but with 7 years of experience. I see these types of requirements as deterrence for individuals who do not truly want to work. Now, I am not saying to apply for every single job know you do not meet the basic qualifications. What I am saying is if you believe you can do the work then go for it.