If it feels like your job search isn’t getting results, it may be time to take a step back. Here’s how to improve your job search!
How to Improve Your Job Search: 7 Tips
The job searching process can be busy. Candidates spend time crafting and sending out resumes and cover letters, contacting networks, and waiting to hear responses. But it’s also a good idea to periodically take a step back. Here’s how to improve your job search from the ground up.
7 Ways to Improve Your Job Search
1. Be Strategic When Reaching Out
It’s a good idea to choose a company first, then look for a job. That being said, there are definitely right and wrong ways to go about it. Figure out what the hiring process is at the company you want to work for, and then look for an opportunity to make meaningful contact with someone in a decision-making role.
Finding the right people at the company to follow up with can save you time and energy—and hopefully, get you an answer sooner than later.
2. Become Proficient at Networking
It can be difficult to muster the energy to network if you’re an introvert or dislike networking. Take heart, though—some of the most effective networkers are actually better at listening than talking. Instead of asking for a job, they take the time to develop relationships with people, seek out feedback, and ask for guidance. As is the case with most things, good networking happens over time and takes commitment.
Take small steps every day to build and connect with your professional network, and you may just find your way to your dream job.
3. Strive for Quality Over Quantity
While it may seem as if the odds of finding a job increase when you send out more applications, that may not be the case. Job seekers are better served taking the time to tailor each resume and customize every cover letter to the specific job. Not only does this show the hiring manager why (and how) you’re the perfect candidate for the position, but it can also help you make it past applicant tracking systems that are scanning for specific resume keywords.
Thoroughly read the job listing and research the company before applying. A well-thought-out, quality application makes a positive impression.
4. Connect the Dots
There are times when you may be able to apply for multiple jobs at the same company—but make sure not to use the same exact application for each position. Recruiters might be willing to hear how you’re suited for both a coordinator role in marketing and a developer role, but it’s important to use your cover letter to connect the dots.
Consider that the same person may be receiving your application each time, so you’ll want each resume and cover letter to uniquely explain your relevant skills for that position.
5. Have a Plan
Come up with a job search plan and set aside regular time to devote to job seeking.
Have an organized space in your home to use during your search, and develop a system for looking at job boards and keeping track of all your applications. Know which jobs you’ve applied for and mark on a calendar when you need to follow-up, along with the job title and company name.
6. Consider a Professional Service
We look to experts for help in many areas of our lives, so why not hire an expert to help with your job search? Career coaches, resume reviews, and premium job search services (like FlexJobs!) are all incredibly helpful for job seekers looking to up their job search game.
Think about which areas present the biggest challenges for you and check out your options for getting some job search guidance and support.
7. Be Informed and Prepared
Congratulations! Your application impressed the recruiter, and now you’ve been invited to a job interview. You have to go in strong and communicate your value to the company, your ability to do the job, and your knowledge of the business. Be prepared with plenty of questions to ask, so you aren’t left with anything to say. You’ll also want to avoid the biggest job interview mistakes.
Start Improving Your Job Search Today
Learning how to improve your job search may be all you need to find the exact position you’re looking for.
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