With the New Year here, many people are inspired to find a better job but don’t for two reasons: they don’t know what to do and they don’t know how to do it. If you are ready to rev up your job hunt this year, here are a few strategies to kick you into high gear.
Ramp up Your Resume
If you have been sending out hundreds of resumes with a lackluster response, it may be time to spruce it up. It’s important to customize your resume every time you apply to a job.
- Identify keywords used to explain the qualifications and skills required and then use those same keywords in your resume
- Use C.A.R. statements (challenge, action, results statements) that help to illustrate exactly the challenge you were up against, the action you took to address the challenge, and then the great results you achieved.
- Add a section with appropriate key words to the bottom of your profile/resume to make sure you are found
- Proofread to make sure no spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes
Revise Your Approach: Job Hunt like a CEO
Are you casually searching job sites on your phone during commercials? Or are you seriously engaged in a full-time job hunt? You will get out of your job search what you put into it. Commit to spending a few hours daily to find your dream job. If you find yourself distracted, make a list of what’s stealing your attention away from job hunting.
Network, network, network by using the back door to get in by looking on LinkedIn or using Google to find the name of the hiring manager and reaching out. Consider reaching out to well-connected niche recruiters.
Switch from Cover Letters to Writing Pain Letters
Find a hook to engage your hiring manager that states what is keeping them up at night. Do they have a problem with sales, infrastructure, sales, or growth? Command their attention by showing how you will solve this problem for them.
Don’t Tell Them, Show Them Why You are The Top Candidate
Linkedin lets you add media samples to the Summary, Education, and Experience sections of your profile. So list some major accomplishments that clearly showcase your qualifications.
Include a link to a video or website that further validates your abilities in this area. This could be a sample of your writing. A PDF of an article featuring you in a trade publication. It may be a notable letter of recommendation from a high-profile industry icon.
Rock the Interview
Don’t just show up with a smile and a resume. You should spend time preparing for the interview. This is your shining moment. Experts recommend spending 4-6 hours preparing for an interview. So, do your homework.
Research the company, their financials, markets, competitors and product lines. People are always impressed when you are aware of who they are and what they do.
Check their LinkedIn profiles of the hiring managers to see what you have in common/groups/connections.
Prepare strengths and weaknesses so you can give examples of your strongest capabilities and how you learned from or can neutralize your weaknesses.
Be able to share examples of your accomplishments and the value you delivered in your previous roles.
Bring Your A-Game and Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired
The New Year is a great time to take your job search to the next level. Make this the year you score the job of your dreams.