It’s a competitive world out there, and any given job may have dozens or even hundreds of candidates applying for it. If you’ve been searching for a job and not having much luck, it might be time to rethink your game plan. Here are some specific ways to improve your job search today and find the right position.
Fine-Tune Your Resume and Cover Letter
These documents are all potential employers have to go on when initially assessing you as a candidate. Consequently, they need to be fully optimized and free of any errors or inefficiencies. Take a few minutes to look over your resume and cover letter putting yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager.
Are there any areas that might make you seem like a weak candidate or could be improved upon? After reviewing, go back and make any necessary changes.
Evaluate How You’ve Been Applying
What industries have you applied to? Which types of job have you been getting the best response from? Which have led to little or no response? Have you been using job boards, networking, social media, etc.?
Evaluating how you’ve been applying will offer insight into what’s most likely to work.
Focus on Where You’re Getting Results
Next, place your attention on what’s gotten you the best results so far. Maybe you’ve received several responses from networking with existing connections but nothing from job boards. In this case, you would probably want to put more effort on leveraging your network and less on checking job boards.
Improve Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is the one of the top social networks for professional networking and can lead to a lot of opportunities if you know how to properly utilize it. If you’ve slacked on your profile, it’s wise to spend some time optimizing it. For example, fill out your profile entirely, add all relevant skills and so on.
Manage Your Online Reputation
What you don’t know about your online presence can hurt you. Considering the fact that the number of employers who checked candidates’ social media profiles before hiring jumped from 39 percent in 2013 to 52 percent in 2015, your online reputation is definitely something you’ll want to take seriously. If you haven’t done so already, Google yourself to see what pops up in the search results. If you find something unsavory, do everything possible to rectify the situation.
Don’t lose hope just because you haven’t found a job yet. Simply reassess things and make any necessary changes so that your job search is more efficient, and make sure you’re putting your effort in the right places.
If you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, contact Axiom Staffing Group today to see how we can help with your job search. Our great team of recruiters is ready to match your skill set with our top job opportunities.