4 Job Search Tips to Help You Land Your Next Gig

30 Oct

Job hunting can be stressful. However, the more prepared you are for the process, the more apt you are to find your dream job quickly and easily. Not sure how to stand out to recruiters? Follow these four great job search tips to make sure you get that offer.

Update your LinkedIn profile

One of the first things a recruiter does is search for a candidate’s profile on LinkedIn, making LinkedIn an extension of your resume. Before you start your next job search, make sure to complete each of these action items:

  • Upload a professional looking headshot
  • Make sure your experience, titles and dates match your resume
  • Write a well written summary (this the online version of the classic “tell me about yourself” interview question)
  • Ask for endorsements and written recommendations from your connections

Consider adopting a modern resume template

Some competitive job posts receive hundreds of resumes, which is why it’s so important that your resume design catches the recruiter’s eye. Color, unique formatting and graphic elements can help pique interest, making sure your resume actually gets read. Just remember not to compromise content for design. You still need to make sure that your experience and skills are explained sufficiently.

Not a graphic designer? Consider buying a template from CreativeMarket. The designs are inexpensive and easy to customize.

Tip: Not everyone has the same fonts on their computers, so if you choose a unique typeface, send the resume as a PDF. It also doesn’t hurt to have a plain text version on hand in case the company needs to run the resume through a keyword search program.

Develop answers to common interview questions

I’ve interviewed quite a few candidates during my career and am always amazed by how many people don’t have a well thought out answer to common interview questions like “tell me about yourself” or “why do you want to leave your current position?” Before you start interviewing, consider writing brief responses to some of the most common questions and review your answers before your interview.

Tip: Master these 15 interview questions.

Always follow-up after the interview

Unless the recruiter advises otherwise, it’s crucial to follow-up after an interview. And what better way to stay top of mind than to send a personalized thank-you note reiterating your interest in the position. This small step only takes a few minutes and helps demonstrates to the hiring manager that you have great business etiquette.

How did you land your current job? Do you have any great job search tips?



2 Responses to “4 Job Search Tips to Help You Land Your Next Gig”

  1. Jamie October 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    These are all great tips! As someone who works in HR, I can definitely second “always follow-up after the interview.” In fact, I will also suggest calling the hiring manager or HR department (especially if you have a specific contact) maybe a day or so after you submit your resume.
    When I post a job, I receive so many resumes in such quick succession that calling ahead of time will almost always result in me searching for your resume and then doing an impromptu phone interview. It shows initiative, drive, maturity, etc., which is exactly what we are always looking for.

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