Job search strategies have been changing rapidly along with the instantaneous evolution of technology. The job search process can be overwhelming if one does not know how to navigate through it. Below are a list of tips that should be heeded because of the changing environment of 2014.
- Let those in your professional network know that you are actively looking for a job, and make sure they know what you are skilled in and what interests you.
- List your professional accomplishments, and be able to speak about them eloquently for easy access during networking events and/or interviews.
- Tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying.
- Read up on your industry. Be the go-to expert.
- Create and maintain social media profiles. Do not post anything on this site that you would not want an employer to find. LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook can serve as platforms to showcase and discuss your professional accomplishments, as well as sharing your thoughts relevant to an industry or position.
- Set up informational interviews even if a position is not available. The more people you meet, the better. Get their professional opinions of their line of work and their company culture. They may remember you when something opens.
- Meet with people in your network. With the hundreds to thousands of resumes hiring managers sit through, most jobs are gotten on recommendation.
- Volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to expand your network doing something you enjoy.
- Stay positive. Remember that embarking on a job search is in itself a full-time job with many setbacks and rejections. Hiring authorities want to hire happy people.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. provided these consolidated tips that address some of the new challenges of this year. For more information on making a career move, please refer to The Dahill Group website’s candidate pages.