Trying to find a new job is not always easy. From preparing resumes to writing cover letters and following up on job applications, job hunting can be daunting. The best way to take the stress out of your job search is to streamline the process and be prepared.
With these simple tips, landing your dream job will no longer be a far-fetched dream.
1. Be conscious of your time
Looking for a job online can quickly turn into a full-time job if you’re not careful. Set aside a few hours to actively search for a job and use the rest of the time wisely. You can learn something new, get certified, watch career development Ted Talks, or listen to personal growth podcasts.
2. Personalize your search
Researching with appropriate keywords is crucial to finding relevant jobs. If you use generic words like writer or photographer, you’ll waste a lot of time browsing through irrelevant jobs. Instead, use appropriate keywords such as Real Estate Photographer or Marketing Copywriter.
Also, you can save time if you use the filter options of job search websites. For example, add details like your level of experience, preference for on-site or remote work, salary estimate, distance from home, etc., to narrow down your search results.
3. Look for niche job websites
You can find most jobs on LinkedIn and Indeed job boards, but you can access specialized jobs on niche websites. For example, if you are looking for a remote or part-time job, FlexJobs and We Work Remotely offer various opportunities around the world. For jobs in NGOs and charities, Idealist may be your best bet.
4. Find connections on LinkedIn
You know how important LinkedIn is for your career development. So, be sure to actively find connections and follow them. You can learn about industry happenings and find job opportunities through them. Remember that your new connection may be the ticket to your new job.
Spend considerable time on LinkedIn to build your network. It’s imperative if you’re just starting out or trying to change careers.
5. Personalize your resume
Do you send the same resume to different employers? If so, it’s time to change that. Hiring managers expect you to customize your resume for each job you apply for. You don’t have to start from scratch, but be sure to refine your summary and draw attention to relevant skills and experience.
Before applying for a job, follow these steps.
- Read the job description cover to cover
- Think about how you can add value at work.
- List relevant experience and skills.
- Edit the summary, skills, and experience sections of your resume.
- Apply with your personalized CV.
It’s a good idea to keep your resume in a standard format like a Word or PDF document to make edits quickly. You can create a template and keep it handy, or try a customizable template online. If you’re using an infographic resume, editing it can be time-consuming, and you’ll need special software and expertise.
6. Learn more about your future employer
Instead of following the spray-and-pray strategy, where you apply for multiple jobs and wait for something to work, spend time researching and prescreening the companies you’re striving to work for. Visit each company’s website and browse the About Us page to learn more about its principles and values. Likewise, check out social media pages and get to know senior management.
Researching your future employers will also give you pointers to add to your cover letter.
7. Write a killer cover letter
Writing a cover letter for every job you apply for can be time consuming, but when you do write one, it will show the employer that you are very interested in the position and have taken the time to market yourself. Additionally, a well-written cover letter will give you an edge over other applicants by making the recruiter take a closer look at your application.
When writing a cover letter, it’s essential that you don’t just repeat the information in your resume. Instead, your cover letter should contain details that aren’t on your resume. You can also add more about a particular skill or experience that is only briefly listed in your resume.
Your cover letter is also a place to explain your professional shortcomings and relevant hobbies. Clearly state your address and contact details at the top of the page. Keep your cover letter short, proofread it several times, and make sure it’s error-free.
8. Follow up with the hiring manager
So you have found your ideal job and applied. You watch your inbox like a hawk for days and days, but nothing happens. But before you throw in the towel, it’s best to send a nice reminder to your hiring manager. This will show your hiring manager that you are seriously interested in the opportunity and your CV will receive special attention.
You can either call your hiring manager or send them an email. Wait at least two weeks before following up and confirm the application deadline before doing so. Usually, hiring managers will need a few days to shortlist exciting candidates. Be professional, brief, and to the point when writing a follow-up email. You don’t have to repeat your entire cover letter. The same goes for the follow-up call.
9. Check with your references
You know how it usually goes: you apply for a job, attend the interview, get the job, and when it comes to checking references, you scramble to find someone at the last minute. It will save you time and energy if you find at least three references before diving into your job search. It’s also wise to call or email them and ask for their permission before doing so.
Your supervisors, managers, and colleagues know you well enough to attest to your skills, work ethic, and character traits. You can also use your mentors and teachers as a reference. However, avoid giving your friends and family members as a reference – it can seem unprofessional and hurt your chances of getting the job.
Find the job you want
Streamlining your job search with good planning will make your job search easier and may even help you enjoy the process. You will land your dream job soon enough if you are confident, prepared and patient.
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