It’s a new year and it’s time to level up! Leveling up for many in 2019 may mean securing a new job. In 2018 I received a promotion that shifted me from not only employee, but now employer as well with the task of hiring a new employee for my office. And if you think just finding a job is hard, it’s just as hard on the other side when attempting to hire.
So, as I continue to search for a great team member I decided it may be helpful to share a few job searching tips. You know, so I can help you help me help you.
#1 Don’t Waste Your Time or Mine!
First and foremost, READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION! I get so many resumes that make me question, “Did you even read the job description!?” These candidates either tend to be in a WAY different job field or be really overqualified. But hey, sometimes I give the candidate the benefit of the doubt & give them a call. Then I proceed to ask, “Have you been to our website?” or “Do you know what we do?” And you will not believe these people won’t even attempt to make up a good story. Don’t be that person. You should always at least skim the website of the company you’re applying to.
Choosing a job is important. It is a place where you’ll be spending most of your time. Make sure that you’re not just randomly applying to positions. Be mindful and intentional.
When looking at candidates I honestly don’t expect you to have it all. However, a resume is your first impression. It can either make or break you. People pay others for resume services such as consultations or creation. Although that’s really nice not everybody has the money to utilize those services. Use what you have. Word has some great templates or you can even google some. After finding a great template, here’s some general tips:
- Eliminate as much white space as possible. Meaning, don’t have your resume stopping mid page. It’s okay if you don’t have a lot of experience. Fill the white space with relevant information. It can be an objection statement at the beginning, related coursework from college, organizations, volunteer activities, and references.
- Use an appropriate email address. It only takes a few minutes to make an appropriate email other than email@example.com.
- If you are applying for a job in an area other than where you live use an address that is close if you have a family member or friend in that area. If you don’t have an address near that you can use state in your objection statement on your resume that you are looking to relocate.
#3 Social Media
I don’t, but a lot of other recruiters will check your social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook. With that being said you want to make sure you social media accounts are either private or appropriate. You would hate for one wild night to stop you from securing your future.
Now what I will go looking for is your LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, you need one like yesterday. I don’t care what profession or industry you’re in. If you don’t know what LinkedIn is long story short it’s like a professional Facebook. This is a great tool because you can showcase your talents or experience further than your resume. You can add videos, pictures, articles, etc.
So there you have it; a few tips to get the job search rolling in 2019. If you have any further tips that have helped you drop them below!
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