These days, it’s too easy to get lost in the crowd of job seekers. You apply and hear nothing. Today, successful job applications for most jobs require 2 elements:
1. You must be qualified for the job (meet at least 50% of the requirements).
2. You must have a solid online reputation that an employer can easily find via Google.
View your job search as a sales job — you are “selling” your work as an employee, and the employer is “buying” your work based on your “features” (skills, knowledge, experience, and accomplishments).
Check out these 10 ways to differentiate yourself from other job seekers:
Even if you are happily employed or running your own successful business, being found inside LinkedIn is essential, making you visible to LinkedIn’s 575 million members (as of October, 2018). People you are meeting with or possible clients/customers search to find you (or people like you). So, of course, do recruiters and potential employers. The best way to be found is to improve your LinkedIn rank by using the best keywords its search algorithm.
Informational interviews are an excellent method of learning about a job or employer before committing yourself to a new direction for your career. One major advantage of informational interviews?
You will learn more about a specific field or employer, without being “on the spot” like you are in a job interview…
Don’t expect to get paid if you fall for one of these online job scams, even if you do some “work” for them. Trust AFTER you verify!
The scammers are endlessly creative, so this is not everything, by any means. But these are the major scams I’ve discovered…
A thank you email can be challenging, so pay attention to these do’s and don’ts to ensure that your message gets through and makes the best impression…
The best way to avoid taking a job you will hate (resulting in another job hunt too soon) is to learn as much as you can about the job, the employer, your boss, your coworkers, and the environment before you accept the job offer. You can do this by asking good questions in the interview.