Before you get to the job interview stage, you first need to find a job opening that meets your needs and career aspirations. For that, you need to have completed a targeted and quite thorough job search.
How you actually search for jobs plays a role in how successful you are at finding a job that matches your skill set. The following are some job search tricks to change how you find jobs, and ultimately what jobs you can apply to.
Job Search Tips and Tricks:
1. Thoroughly Update Your LinkedIn
LinkedIn has become one of the best places to both find and attract recruiters and employers. An updated, active profile that is filled with relevant information, keywords, and more can help potential employers find you – so that you don’t have to find jobs at all.
In addition, LinkedIn is a great place to find jobs that are relevant to you, and if your profile is updated you are more likely to receive targeted jobs. Take the time to update your LinkedIn, and don’t forget to view our tips page for how to gain LinkedIn visibility.
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2. Search for Companies First
Many people look for jobs that appeal to them and then learn more about the company that posted the job. But not every job is advertised, nor is every company going to be a great employer. Instead, look for the companies that you want to work with, and then see if they have a job opening.
Even if they do not have an opening, see if you can find contact information for a hiring manager and ask if you can be placed on a list for job openings for your skill set. See our post – How To Get An Interview With The Company You Want Even When They Are Not Hiring
3. Create a Saved Search Result – And Have a Plan
Twitter, Indeed, and numerous other job search websites have “saved search” options that will deliver newly open positions directly to your inbox. These saved searches save you time, and also allow you to apply to jobs quickly. For better or worse, the faster you apply the better your chances. Have a plan, where every morning you check the saved search and apply to each relevant job.
It’s easy to search for the terms that matter the most to you. For example, you may search for “social media marketing” or “assessment” or “sales.” But take the time to research what other terms may be relevant to the career. You don’t want to let a great job pass simply because you did not make the right search.
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4. Make Views on LinkedIn Public for Feedback
LinkedIn has become such a popular tool, that almost every employer and hiring manager will review LinkedIn profiles before deciding who to call. But if you have your own profile views hidden, you won’t be able to see who visits.
Make your profile views public so that you can see who visits you, and consider LinkedIn Premium as a way to be able to track which employers are looking at your profile.
Note: If you find that many visit your profile and few call, it may also be a sign that your profile needs updating.
5. Download The Best Job Search Apps
Everyone has a smartphone and there are lots of great job search apps that can help you manage the job search process. You don’y need to spend a lot and you don’t need a huge pile of apps. you need to make sure you have an app to help you keep track of all the jobs you have applied to, a job search engine app and an app to help you keep a record of all the people you need to remember.
Struggling to Find a Job? Change Your Technique
If you have had a hard time finding a job, it may not be your resume or your cover letter. It may be that the way you’re searching for jobs is leading you to careers that are simply not right for you, while ignoring those that may be beneficial. Consider changing your job search technique, and perhaps you’ll find more opportunities to help your career take off.