Manage Your Social Media Presence
Gone were the days when employers merely contact your references or previous employers for some background check. Apparently, your social media accounts when setting on public make for a good basis of your character. So before sending job applications, polish your Twitter, Facebook, or whichever social media you are using.
Create an Attractive Online CV
Since we have mentioned social media presence, it is a good time to mention the benefit of crafting a useful online CV. If you are having a hard time getting noticed by a recruiter because of too much competition, construct an informative online CV and post them on job sites.
It is advisable to set up a professional sounding email to be used specifically for job applications. Include this in your online CV and wait for employers to contact you.
Write a Winning Resume
Use a well-crafted resume to highlight your skills and not bore the hiring manager with endless pages of work experience. No one will read five pages of tasks that you did in your previous jobs.
Use your resume to make an impacting impression. If you are applying for a computer programmer position, find an interesting way of presenting the computer languages you know. If you are applying as a graphics designer, create a CV that shows your designing skills. Do not be afraid to be creative.
Send a Carefully Made Cover Letter
Aside from the resume, cover letters are a good way of introducing yourself to the employer and expressing your interest in being part of their company. Like the resume, be short and concise. Let them know how you will be of use to the company and include availability in case you get hired.
Improve Your Network
Meeting new people or reconnecting with old acquaintances opens more doors of opportunities. A widening your network also enhances your credibility and manifests that you can be an asset to the company especially in the field of sales because you can be their key access to this pool of potential consumers.
Establish new connections by doing volunteer work for local groups or attending seminars, conferences, and events. You may also rekindle old connections by getting in touch with friends, ex-colleagues or college batchmates through social media.
Discover Hidden Vacancies
With your newly improved network, you can now do your own research on job vacancies that your new connections may know of at their current jobs. This will give you an edge over other applicants that generally use job ads.
However be careful in asking about sensitive information such as salary range or benefits.
Stay Focused on Applications One at a Time
It is easy to spiral out of control when you are trying to get scheduled for more interviews than you can handle. Select a job or company that you prefer and exert effort in getting the part. Saying yes to numerous interviews and leaving little gaps between them will make you lose your focus and even make you appear tired and disassociated.
Establish Reliable References
Having credible references speak highly of your personality. This means a considerable number of people can back up your good character. Some job seekers make the mistake of including their relatives here. Keep your references professional such as previous colleagues or employers. Unfortunately, parents do not count.
Take Breaks in Between Applications
Job hunting can be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting especially if you keep getting rejected. Make sure to get proper rest and recharge in between countless tests and interviews.
When jobs are elusive, we either get desperate or discouraged which is why having some time off is necessary. Taking a breather will improve your overall outlook and help you gain a more positive disposition towards finding a job.
Getting rejected or not getting any replies from employers can be frustrating. Being jobless might mean running out of funds in addition to getting pressure from family members. Do not let anything break your spirits though. No matter how grueling the job seeking process is, keep your head up and you will land a job you deserve in time.
Job hunting may be compared to selling a good product. You just havefoundd the right market where your skills will be appreciated, and sell yourself well.