A successful job search requires strategy, patience and hustle. Many job seekers neglect to utilize a strategy and don’t have a well thought out plan of a attack. Simply applying to many job openings via job boards is usually a waste of time.
A job opening today receives around 188 resumes on average. With that much competition, how do you gain an edge? We’ll show you the top 5 tips for your job search in 2017 that will help you gain that competitive edge over other candidates and land a job faster than you you expected.
1.Perfect your resume
Your resume is the first impression you have on a potential employer so you need to ensure it’s as close to perfect as possible. You can be better qualified and skilled for a position than other candidates but if your resume isn’t written well, you won’t be getting that callback.
When writing your resume, keep these three tips in mind:
- Keep it short and concise
Hiring managers only spend a few seconds reviewing a resume. You need to ensure you cut all the fluff and get straight to the point. Show the employer the most relevant experience, qualifications and skills which show why you’re a good fit for the position.
- Use a standard resume format
Most employers screen resumes with applicant tracking systems. An ATS uses software to pull information from your resume to determine if you’re a good match before a human ever sees it. You need to use a standard format that it could process easily. Don’t use fancy designs or images that it will be unable to process and cause the resume to be rejected.
- Achievements over duties
One of the most common resume mistakes is simply listing out your responsibilities and duties as opposed to achivements. The employer is reviewing potentially hundreds of applicants so you need to ask yourself how you would stand out. The best way to do this is list quantifiable achievements that catch the employer's attention and show you went above and beyond. You can even list some Interests and Activities to help you stand out.
Here is a good post we wrote on some good resume tips to get your resume noticed.
Most hiring managers and recruiters check your LinkedIn before hiring you or inviting you to an interview. Ensure that your profile is up to date and that your profile isn’t a word for word repeat of your resume.
Get a solid image up there along with a well worded summary. Get active, make connections and give endorsements. In return, people will endorse you and this will help you standout and appear more professional.
Simply sending out your resume to online job postings is a very ineffective way to search for jobs. Most positions today are filled through a referral of some sort. Networking is the best way to land a job today.
Get active on LinkedIn and reach out to family, friends and old colleagues. Ask them if they know of any opening in your field. Remember that those people know people so reaching out to a handful of people could really mean you’re reaching hundreds.
You should also contact companies directly and pass your resume along. A lot of employers prefer to fill jobs this way because they don’t need to pay all those hefty referral fees to recruiters.
You can also check out this list of the 11 best sites to post your resume on and have hiring managers and recruiters find you.
4. Follow up
Are you following up after submitting your resume? If not, you’re at a big disadvantage. You should always be following up after sending your resume or interviewing for a position. A few days after submitting your resume you should reach out to the hiring manager in charge and restate your desire to work there and ask them if they need anything else.
We had to mention this because so many job seekers get discouraged when they’re not getting immediate callbacks. Remember that it takes a few months on average to land a job so just stick with it and it will come.
You should utilize the tips we mentioned above during your job search. Remember that the having a well written resume and LinkedIn profile are crucial. You should also be networking and following up after each resume submission or interview.
Good luck with your job search!