Finding a new job can be a stressful experience. Juggling multiple interviews and constantly keeping an eye out for job openings can leave you exhausted and ready to give up. By keeping a few key things in mind, you can make your job hunt easier and help reduce stress along the way. Be prepared for your next job search with our top 5 job hunting tips below.
Get Digital and Network
Most of us know the saying – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – but how relevant is this in today’s world? Very relevant. In a recent survey, a whopping 85% of jobs are filled through networking. This makes social networking an essential tool for the modern day job hunt. Job hunters can post to social media that they are searching for a new job, and even keep in touch with previous colleagues and mentors that can help with recommendations down the road.
Social networking isn’t the only digital tool for job hunters. There are hundreds of job posting websites that you can utilize during your search. Some of these sites are specific to industries and can help you narrow your search. Don’t search just one site. Actively look on multiple job posting sites and keep a running list of those you have applied to so you don’t lose track.
Update Your Résumé
This may seem obvious, but the key here is updating your résumé after each major project you finish. This way, you are more apt to remember the specifics of the project and what you accomplished. You don’t want to wait until you’re laid off or the perfect job opening comes your way to update your résumé. By the time these events happen, it may be difficult for you to remember the important aspects of a project. If your job doesn’t consist of major projects happening throughout the year, then plan to update your résumé every six months.
Reach Out For Help
A recruiter, sometimes referred to as a headhunter, may be able to help with your search. If you find yourself not getting called in for interviews, then it may be time to reach out to a recruiter. Recruiters often have connections in industries that can help you get your resume into the right hands. They can also help you negotiate compensation packages when you get an offer.
Another source for job hunting help can be found at your alma mater in the career services office. College career centers are often a great resource for recent grads, but most are also willing to help any graduate needing additional help. Some colleges offer alumni networking events and mentor programs for their graduates. Even if you don’t live near your alma mater, it might be worth reaching out to see if they have online forums or webinars to help alumni develop better job hunting skills.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Don’t price yourself low to get a job and end up with a starting salary where you’re making less than you should be. On the flip side, don’t ask for too high of a salary thinking they will come back with a lower counter offer. Know your worth and understand what you deserve for the skill set and experience you have. Look at average salaries for your job title in your city to find out what your negotiating salary should be.
Don’t expect to get a job offer right away and get discouraged when it takes longer than you expected. You may have to search through hundreds of postings and go on a ton of interviews to find a job that’s right for you. If there’s a specific company you want to work for and they aren’t hiring, ask them to keep your résumé on file. If there’s a certain job title you want but you need additional experience or skills to get it, then find the resources you need to gain the experience and skills you need. Stay determined and you will eventually get hired.
We hope these tips help prepare you for your job search. Don’t forget to print out your résumé on high quality paper before your next interview. Check out our Guide to Successful Job Hunting and learn how to update your résumé and prepare for your next interview.
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