Many job searchers feel that the only method to find work is to submit their résumé or application to an online job posting.
Qualified professionals need an average of 11 weeks to find work. The good news is that there are some tricks and tactics you can use to speed up your job search and land the job you want.
You must put in some effort, we won’t lie. The job search can include parts that are annoying, redundant, or both. Nevertheless, you cannot avoid it if you want to land a good job and earn a good living.
We’ve been recruiting and placing people at leading companies for over 15 years. Our team has a lot of knowledge about job searches, and we are happy to share it with you. We have found that if you are aware of what you are doing and use some best practices, the process is much easier.
Here are the top nine ways to optimize your career search:
98% of job seekers will be disqualified during the resume screening process, according to the most recent statistics about job searching. Therefore, you must make your resume stand out from the crowd by writing it well, with plenty of eye appeal, and with concise writing.
OPTIMIZE WHO IS IN YOUR CURRENT NETWORK
It is very likely that if you’ve lived in different cities, gone to university, or held several jobs, you have built up a network of contacts. Use this as an opportunity to reach out within that network to see who is hiring and if they can make an introduction. Sometimes the best option is the “who you know” option!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS, MAKE A GOOD ONE!
Do something to increase your visibility, such as publishing an article for a trade newspaper or speaking at a conference, and then share that information with potential employers. Before going to a job interview, do some research. The interviewer anticipates you knowing something about the firm and the position you’re looking for. They also expect you to dress professionally and be prepared to discuss your own qualities and prior work experience.
MAKE YOURSELF AN EXPERT IN YOUR FIELD
Create an online resume and social media profile that contains searchable keywords that describe your experience and skills. Recruiters are seeking employees who can solve their problems, in addition to employees who fit their profile.
MAKE IT KNOWN YOUR FLEXIBLE
Increase your willingness to pursue contract or project work, part-time employment, and being hired with less-than-desirable starting salaries. Start by proving you are a valuable member of the team.
VIRTUAL NETWORKING MEETINGS
In addition, after finding a job or company you’re interested in, ask someone in your network if they know anyone who might refer you to that position or company.
REVIEW & UPDATE YOUR ONLINE PROFILES
You can learn a lot about yourself by searching for your name on the Internet. Make sure your LinkedIn profile looks good, check your Facebook, Twitter, blog, and other online accounts. Remove or modify any negative remarks that have been left on your profile. You can showcase your professional knowledge by creating your own blog, participating in online forums, and providing testimonials.
In order for a job listing to appear in Google for Jobs search results, it must have at least the following information. Your listing will not be considered if it lacks this information.
- Company name
- Specific job title
- Job description, at least one paragraph in length and formatted in HTML
- Job location
KEEP GOING & STAY STRONG
During the job search, it is important to remember to be positive because you will succeed. You need to push through the draining moments to get to that success part.
At MCDA CCG, we place professionals nationwide through placement recruiting. In order to help you advance your career, we strive to establish long-term candidate relationships through which you can take advantage of our market expertise. If you need help, or need an employee, please don’t hesitate to reach out today!