Searching for a job can be a tedious task, and without a search strategy, it can be easy to lose focus. So, create a job search strategy. Finding a job offer, sending your resume and waiting for news from the employer are part of the job search, of course, but there are also strategies you can practice to get the right job for you:
1. Know what you want.
That is, what job do you want and what type: full-time, part-time, independent, remote, flexible hours, etc. What type of company do you want to work for: a non-profit organization, an agency, a company in a specific industry, a small company, a large corporation, etc.? What are the main tasks that you would enjoy doing?
2. Personalize your resume and cover letter.
There is a reason why you hear this advice over and over again. It is important to include keywords that are relevant to the job offer. You should also closely follow the formatting instructions when submitting your resume and cover letter. Do not apply until you have read the entire job offer description.
3. Optimize your LinkedIn profile.
Many recruiters are on LinkedIn, and they will likely search your profile. The first step in optimizing your LinkedIn profile is to complete as many sections as you can with true information. Upload a professional photo without any social media filters. Once you complete your profile, keep it updated.
4. Use the right job sites.
Using large job sites can provide a great way to find a wide range of jobs and even discover new companies to hire in your area. However, consider more focused job sites to help narrow the search and provide better results.
5. Attend networking events.
Take advantage of networking opportunities. The more you get involved, the more real connections you’ll make. While creating your network is always a useful job search strategy, to be more effective, be sure to look for events in your industry and professional associations that align most closely with your skills.
It can be challenging in a competitive job market to keep these strategies until you find the job you are looking for. But knowing and using them can definitely help you be noticed by employers. Today’s hard work will pay off tomorrow, just be patient.