Here is some basic advice that applies to most careers, seniority levels, or industry to keep in mind during a job search.
Monster, Dice, Career Builder, & Craig’s List
- Post your resume and search the job postings.
- Use all four! Although there will be a lot of overlap, some employers only post on one job board to save money.
- Dice is ideal for IT positions.
- Do your research! Knowledge of a company can land you a job.
- Don’t be afraid to apply to a company that you’re interested in or passionate about even if they don’t have any jobs posted. Sometimes an impressive & persuasive cover letter can get you an interview.
Privatize your Facebook and Twitter Accounts
- Especially for entry level positions, employers will Google you before scheduling an interview. What you do in your private time is your business, but it can affect your job search. Make your social media counts as private as possible and make sure your profile picture is appropriate.
- Another point that goes along with this is to make sure your email address is professional. Try to keep it simple, and avoid nicknames, hobbies, etc.
- Unlike other social media sites, you want to be found as easily as possible on LinkedIn.
- You can apply for jobs directly on LinkedIn.
- Your profile should look like a resume. Include as much information as possible to make it easier for people to find you in t heir searches. Complete the Skills section.
- Have a professional profile picture. Do not have a photo with a drink in your hand, your pet’s face instead of your own, a “selfie” style picture that was clearing taken by yourself on your phone, etc. Do not omit a photo either – it is important for employers to put a face to a name. Smile! People like to work with happy people.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to hiring managers or HR staff on LinkedIn. The majority of the time, they will be happy and impressed to see your persistence.
Daily Search & Establish a Schedule
- Often, landing a job is a matter of good timing. That’s why it’s important to do a daily search for new job postings.
- Set aside certain times of the day for your job search. This will keep you focused without feeling like the job search is taking over your life!
Categorize your email
- The majority of your job search is going to be via email. It’s helpful to set up your email into different categories to help your stay organized.
- Examples of folders are jobs that you’ve already applied for, jobs that you need to follow up on, information for pending interviews, etc.
Keep a list
- Keeping a list of companies and jobs that you’ve applied for is very helpful, especially if you are working with staffing companies. Many employers will eliminate candidates who are submitted to a job more than once by multiple staffing agencies.
- Be persistent: use this list to follow up with a phone call or email about a week after you apply or interview for a job.
Tailor Resume and Cover Letters
- Read the job description completely, and tailor your resume and cover letter to specifically highlight what the employer is looking for. Of course, this doesn’t mean lying or embellishing on your resume. The goal is to put emphasis on your skills that the employer is most interested in.
- Move important skills or technologies to the top of your resume of to the top of your bulleted list of responsibilities.
- Be knowledgeable about the company and show it in your cover letter. You can use a generic cover letter for most jobs, but always add a sentence or two that is specific to the opportunity that you’re applying for.
Strategically Choose Staffing Agencies
- Don’t work with too many staffing agencies – it tends to get confusing and you risk getting “double-submitted” for jobs. Many staffing agencies will all of the same job opportunities. Choose a handful of companies that meet your needs.
- It is good to work with staffing agencies that focus specifically on your line of work – IT, finance, etc.
- Diversify the companies that you choose … maybe work with one or two large (national) staffing companies and one our two smaller, local companies.
- Try to keep in touch with one contact person (usually a recruiter) to build a relationship. Check in now and then if you don’t hear from them to make sure they remember you and are keeping you in mind as new jobs become available.
Apply for everything!
- Getting your resume in front of HR staff and hiring managers is the main goal. Even if you’re not 100% a match for a given job description, apply anyways. Often times, employers will see potential in your resume and consider you for a different position. It can’t hurt.
- Resunate is an online tool that can improve your resume and increase your chances of being seen via internet searches. Almost all employers search for job applicants online, so having the right keywords on your resume is necessary. This website helps you do that. www.resunate.com
by Jillian Proia, Technical Recruiter