One of the most common and popular job search strategies is also one of least effective today and, ultimately, can be deadly.
That common job search strategy: Focusing most job search time and effort on applying for jobs without regard to fit for the opportunity.
Customizing your resume for each opportunity is not optional these days. Resume customization will help your resume escape the dreaded “black hole” where resumes disappear. Resume customization also demonstrates your interest in the opportunity, which will impress the employer.
Unfortunately, an invitation to interview is not a guarantee of a job offer. Not even close. Instead, it is an invitation to demonstrate what a great employee you would be. Think of it as an audition for the job.
And to win the job… you must win the audition…
While job boards are obviously still valuable resources, they can often be a big waste of time. Job boards are not the only source of jobs, and they are not the best way to find a job today. According to recent research, only 12% of jobs are filled via job boards. Think beyond using job listings to find your next job.
A boomerang employee is one who has left (usually quit) an organization to work somewhere else, or to drop out of the workforce for a while. Then, later, they return to work for that employer again, like a boomerang returns to the person who threw it. Many of us have former employers we could work for again if we wanted to…