Finding work in today’s job market can be difficult. And as those in an active job hunt have already learned, job search strategies are rapidly changing as companies rely more and more on automated recruitment tools.
If you’re sending out the same resume to every company, for example, you’re already doing yourself a disservice. Instead, you should be tailoring your resume to every job you want.
Here, we’ll talk about job search strategies proven to work today… and exactly how to turn your job hunt into a job offer in our current job market.
Focus on a Particular Field or Fields
If you’re really concentrating on finding a job, you should limit your search to only a few fields. First, you want to consider the specific industry in which you want to work. If you’ve worked in a lot of sectors, be honest with yourself about the industry to which you could best market your skills or where your greatest passion lies. Then, you want to only tailor your job hunting to that field in particular. Rather than sending out 10 applications a day willy-nilly, this strategy will help you become a logical candidate to a hiring manager.
Only Apply to Jobs for Which You’re Qualified
With the advent of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), companies can weed out resumes that don’t match their requirements. So, it doesn’t make much sense to apply for jobs for which you don’t meet the basic qualifications. For example, if a position calls for a number of skills you don’t have, the ATS is likely to find candidates whose skills and experiences better fit the job description. Instead, be realistic in your job search and honest with yourself about the roles you truly have a shot to fill. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time.
Choose the Best Online Job Hunt Tools
There are lots of ways to find a job online. Your job hunt can be simplified by only relying on the best job boards available. Some of the best places to efficiently search for jobs in your field include job aggregators like Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com. Or, if you’re looking for a non-profit job, Idealist.org is likely your best bet, and USAJobs is a good place to browse through lists of open jobs with the federal government. But perhaps the best job boards are in specific industries and career fields; these boards often have the most up-to-date opportunities in your field.
Expand Your Career Search
There are plenty of useful ways to search for jobs and network outside of online job boards. For example, you can join up to 50 relevant groups on LinkedIn based on skill or industry. To help with your job hunt, you could join specific LinkedIn groups for job seekers or groups organized by profession. Recruiters will also often join these groups and, if your LinkedIn profile is compelling too, they might connect with you. What’s more, you could also find people outside of your typical network on LinkedIn.
Tailor Your Resume to Each Position
Finding a job ultimately means demonstrating that you’re the best fit for that position.
Your goal is to make it easy for hiring managers to see you in your new position. Our best advice about how to find a job is tailoring your resume to demonstrate how you match the qualifications and skills they desire in their ideal candidate. To do this, you want to tailor each and every resume you send out to the specifications of the job description. Jobscan can help tailor your resume more quickly by scanning the words from the job application so you can efficiently include them in your resume.
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About the Author: James Hu earned his bachelor’s of Information Systems and Finance from University of Washington. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Jobscan. James has also enjoyed work experiences at Boeing, Microsoft, Groupon, Kabam Games, and a start-up of his own. Through his work in the United States, China, and Spain/Gibraltar, James truly integrates a global mindset into his career. In his free time, he enjoys water sports and backpacking. Follow James on Twitter.