If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle
If the opportunity of a new job doesn’t seem to be knocking on your door lately it’s most likely because you have not built enough doors. If your job search routine consists of sending off some resumes and sitting back and waiting for a call, then you are not going to be getting a whole lot of first interviews anytime soon. Why? Because that’s what hundreds of other candidates do and you all end up looking the same.
- Accept that finding a new job is a job in itself
- Set aside some time each day to network, look for roles and adjust your resume
- Start creating opportunities for yourself
There are 4 key steps you need to work though constantly to make sure you get that all important first job interview.
1. Actively Network
- Attend any industry events you are aware of and talk to lots of people
- Reach out to any one of your family and friends in your industry
- Update your LinkedIn profile, see how to set up LinkedIn for Job Search here
- Join any professional bodies relevant to your role
- Ask people in your network for any relevant referrals and follow up
- Volunteer with useful organisations if you have time
- Register with recruiters
2. Resume Overhaul
- Create a cover letter that is specific to each role
- Update your resume to ensure it is chosen by resume screening software. Follow our step-by-step guide here.
- Call after a few days to make sure your resume was reveived and show you are interested and proactive
3. Job Interview Preparation
- Find out who will be interviewing you and think about what they are personally looking for
- Develop specific answers to behavioral interview questions using the STAR technique
- Make sure your answers reflect the needs of the role and the interviewer
- Practice mock interviews with friends
- Develop a list of questions to ask. See our FREE eBook – Questions to Ask at Your Interview
4. Create a Personal Brand/Profile
- Clean up your social profile especially Facebook and Instagram. See our Post – Step-by-Step guide to cleaning up Facebook.
- Create a digital portfolio of work and a digital resume. See our Post – Complete list of free software for creating a digital brand.
- Prepare a 1-minute elevator pitch about yourself in case they ask you straight off why should we hire you.
In addition to these 4 steps you need to ensure you set aside a reasonable amount of time each day or every few days to actively search for relevant roles and remain in close contact with key recruiters. More than anything, your networking activity will result in the most potential opportunities for you. The other 3 steps will help you turn those opportunities into an invitation for a first interview.
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