If you haven’t needed to look for work in some time, but are now finding yourself in new territory, we have some tips on how to restart your job search and find a job today.
It’s okay to be nervous about diving right back into the deep end of job hunting. Start by dipping your toe into the water to get yourself back in the game! Remember that job searching is typically a marathon, not a sprint, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t land your desired role right away. Start by making a plan of action and sticking to it!
The first step in the job search process begins with your resume! It is initially what an employer will see before they even speak with you, so it’s important to make the right impression. Resume keywords are critical words and short phrases that help surface your application to hiring managers. They are the skills, abilities and credentials that are directly related to the job you are applying to. Make sure to add these to your resume to avoid being passed over by the applicant tracking system which help companies to sort through resumes. To learn more about how to improve your resume, check out this Jobcase article!
Keeping your connections from past places of employment is so important. These individuals can speak on behalf of the work you have done at your previous place of employment. Ask them if they wouldn’t mind being your reference and if you may share their contact information with employers. Avoid asking friends or family members and stick to those you have worked with professionally. If you are unable to ask a manager, consider asking a co-worker!
There is a lot of competition out there, now more than ever so it’s important to stand apart from other applicants. Besides, it never hurts to update and refresh your skills so you are more marketable and ready to take on any new challenges.
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Help your job search process by staying organized. It’s simple to fill out an application, but it’s harder to remember which jobs you have applied to, when you did so, and the status of that job application. Make a document or simply jot down information that you need to remember lately such as the company’s name, any important contact information, if you applied, when/if you spoke to anyone, as well as any upcoming interview dates. This will help you to review all of your job search information quickly so there is no confusion.
Hiring managers are busy, busy, busy! On average, you have about 30 seconds to catch their attention and make a lasting impression during a phone screening. Make sure to “wow!” them with an expertly crafted Elevator Pitch. The goal of this pitch is to communicate:
Use vibrant and colorful vocabulary to help paint an authentic picture of who you are as a professional. Be sure to practice your elevator pitch! Grab a family member, friend, coworker, pet or anyone else willing to listen and give it a go. Be sure to ask for feedback (except from your pet)!
Be sure to search and apply to jobs that you feel you are a great fit for. Remember the search doesn't end until you are officially hired so continue to look even when you land interviews! If you are wondering which companies are hiring now check out this article.
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