You know the numbers. The applicant pools for job openings are at an alltime high. So tip the odds in your favor by doing something unique. Bottom line: Do what you can to get your resume to the top of the pile.
Tip #2 - Read the News
Did a company just get funding to open in your area? Is there a new impetus to hire employees with your specific skill set? If you’re up on the news, it could mean the difference between first and last to apply
Tip #3 - Polish Your Resume
Some companies are looking for a specific kind of hire, with specific skill sets and areas of expertise. Make sure your resume reflects that. That extra half hour to personalize your resume could make all the difference.
Tip #4 - Set Realistic Goals
Make the job search process easier on yourself. Don’t let ‘get hired’ be your only goal. Set goals that are attainable, that demonstrate progress, i.e. apply to 10 jobs each day; reach out to 5 new contacts each week; or attend a job fair once a month.
Tip #5 - Follow Up
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get a reply to your first inquiry. Hiring managers are busy people, and most likely, a lack of reply wasn’t intentional. Follow up, stay positive, and follow up again.
Tip #6 - Diversify
Limiting yourself to only a few companies or types of jobs means fewer job openings and lower odds of employment. Expand your search. Consider new and interesting ways to market yourself for different opportunities.
Tip #7 - Know Yourself
In other words, Google yourself. Whether you’ve got skeletons in your closet or not, read what people are saying about you, because hiring managers will. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be come interview time.
Tip #8 - Get Social
More and more, job opportunities are being announced via social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn. Connections are being made online instead of in person. Get out there. Beef up your profile. Start talking to people. Embrace social media as a key part of your job search.
Tip #9 - Keep the Balance
Because the job search process can be long, and at time frustrating, make sure it’s not all you’re doing. Go to the movies, get together with friends, relax. This time away will leave you recharged and ready to get back at it.
Tip #10 - Don’t Give Up
Sure, job searches are frustrating, especially these days. But the vigilant job seeker will always have the opportunity to be hired. Stay in the game. Giving up is the only way to ensure you don’t get hired.