10 Effective Job Search Strategies

Use these job search strategies to boost your success in your job hunt
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Job searching isn't as easy as some people make it out to be. In fact, job hunting is also considered to be a job. You, as the job seeker, are constantly on the lookout for the perfect opportunity and when you find it, it then becomes your responsibility to get noticed by the hiring manager.

When you're searching for a job, it's important to make use of every outlet you have available to you. While most applicants prefer to apply online on various job boards such as LinkedIn or Glassdoor, there are other resources to utilize to make sure you are doing everything possible to maximize your exposure. Here are our different strategies to conduct effective job searches.

  1. Conduct a self-assessment.

    Before starting your job search it is important to conduct a self-assessment. Take this time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, and really think about the kind of work you want to be doing. Applying to every open position will leave you feeling unsatisfied with the outcome of your job search, especially if you receive interview requests for jobs you don't want to do. Remember, you are looking to grow your career, so it is important to treat your job search as the first step to that.

  2. Be Prepared.

    When conducting your job search, it is important to be prepared and stay vigilant. It is important to always look professional and the best way to accomplish this is to do the ground work. Make sure to have a professional voicemail in place for when recruiters and hiring managers call. It is also important to have a professional email on your resume that consists of a variation of your name. Recruiters and Hiring Managers are going to be wary if your email is "chocolateluv3r_91380@domain.com".

  3. Prepare your resume - multiple resumes

    Your resume is key to getting a phone call from the Recruiter or Hiring Manager. Keeping your resume updated with current information is important. It's also important to have multiple resumes on hand that you can use in different situations. Tailoring your resume is a useful strategy to get noticed by companies, allowing you to stand out among the crowd of candidates. Use key words and phrases from their job postings in order to pop up in search results.

  4. Networking is king

    Using your network is especially important in the job search. Keep the hidden job market in mind as you reach out to your contacts. Networking doesn't necessarily have to be in-person. You can comfortably network from the comfort of your own home through different social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. You might get initial nerves adding someone on LinkedIn from your past, which is understandable, but you must keep in mind your network's connections can bring you one step closer to someone who can help you land your dream career.

  5. Conduct Informational Interviews

    Informational interviews are a great way to see if there is a potential job opening in the company you want to work for. Informational interviews are intimidating, but professionals understand that everyone has to start from somewhere. Buying someone a coffee and having a 15 minute chat with them about their career, how they landed the position they are currently in, and expressing your interests in working with their firm, is a great way for you to make an impression in their mind. This way, if there is a job opening, you will have an upper hand because you've done your research and taken the necessary steps to be remembered.

  6. Manage your personal brand

    Your personal brand is important. Your potential employer's first impression of you comes from how you've presented yourself on social media. Cleaning up your social media profiles is a great start in managing your personal brand. Employer want to know a bit about who you are and if you will be a great fit, but posting un-professional posts on social media is a sure way for their interest to fizzle out.

  7. Set Daily Goals

    Job searches are known for being long and tiring. Setting daily goals for yourself in your job search gives you a sense of accomplishment, but also a sense of direction. Being able to visually see these tasks accomplished leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction. Job searches are often discouraging, making it difficult to be consistent. These goals allow you to feel motivated and satisfied, but still lay the foundation for your success.

  8. Social Media is key

    Social media has blown up when it comes to the job search. Facebook Jobs allows users to search for jobs on Facebook. Twitter has also turned into a search engine for jobs as well. Using social media in such a way is a great way to leverage your position in your job search.

  9. Participate in Job Fairs

    A job fair is a rare opportunity where the employer comes to you. Participating in these events gives you exposure to a different way of conducting your job search. Meeting with employees in companies that you want to work for will give you a sense of what they're looking for, but also what the company culture is like, enabling you to assess whether or not it is a good fit.

  10. Don't Stop

    Job hunting is frustrating. The longer it continues, the more discouraging it becomes, until it becomes a serious love/hate relationship. No matter how hard your job search gets, it is important to stay motivated and never stop until you land that job. Limiting yourself to online job boards is a sure way to get frustrated when you see no results. Make sure to constantly switch up your job searching methods in order to stay motivated.



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