The Ultimate Job Search Cheat Sheet
Is a new job on your mind for 2017? As you probably know already, the job search can be tedious and frustrating! There is so much information out there, how do you stay on top of your search to keep it going?
It will be worth it in the end if you can find a better paying position that you love. Getting organized and using your time wisely is essential. If you aren’t sure where to start, I have laid out some steps for you to take based on my experience as a job seeker and a recruiter.
Have an Objective
Searching for a job without a purpose is going to result in a lot of wasted time. Take some time to evaluate what you are doing now. What do you like about your role and your company? These are things you will want to make sure a new position has as well. Some things to keep in mind are flexibility, location, opportunity for growth, and salary.
On the flip side, think of why you want a change. Is your boss the issue? If so, make it a point to find a better boss. Are you looking for the next step in your career and it’s not an option where you are now? Identify what that next step looks like and only apply to those positions. Don’t waste your time on something that will be too similar to what you are doing now.
Update Your Resume
Before you just start applying to those dream jobs, dust off your resume. Take a hard look at it to see if it is still showcasing you in the best way. Perhaps there is a new achievement you can add or a new process you put in place to save the company money? You want to quantify results as much as possible to show companies you could do those types of activities for them.
Have a trusted friend with a hawk eye review your resume for errors and obvious formatting issues. The best way to get your resume tossed aside is to have an obvious error. Don’t let it happen to you! Not sure if your formatting is solid and want a starting point with some advice? Check out my new product The Perfect Resume – Cornerstone Guide for Your Dream Job. It takes the guesswork out of what to do to get your resume seen.
Use the Best Job Search Tools
There are so many places to find jobs and it can be completely overwhelming. In my experience the best one out there is ZipRecruiter. I love their app. It is easy to use and it includes the salary of many of the roles. You can also set alerts and saved searches.
Other good sites are Indeed and Glassdoor. These two sites are similar to ZipRecruiter but don’t have the added salary information, though Indeed does include an estimate. I recommend setting up daily job alerts for the job title and location you are searching for. If you are looking for a job in IT, check out Dice!
For ease of applying upload your resume to the sites and keep track of your logins. This way you can utilize easy applications when they are available. Zip Recruiter has a 1-click option for several of the posted jobs and Indeed has a similar function. If the employer will accept it that way it makes the application process exceedingly easier.
Make a Plan
I mentioned the job search is tedious right? Make a plan for how you will search and apply and stick to it. When do you plan to apply for jobs? Think about when you will have the most time since you will need about 15-30 minutes per application to enter your information. Aim for 3 to 5 applications per period. Sit down and get them done during the time you set aside.
In addition to the job search sites, you also need to think about some target companies you want to work for. Go directly to their website and register as a job seeker. This way your resume will be searchable in their database. Recruiters may start looking for applicants even before a job is posted. You can also register to receive job updates that match your profile directly from the company. These will likely get to you before it shows up on the other sites.
It’s Who You Know
One huge point in the job search is to let anyone and everyone know your plan. Tap into your network and it will likely open doors for you. If you see a posting you are interested in, check out LinkedIn to see if you are connected with anyone there. Opt for managers or employees rather than recruiters. Someone other than a recruiter will be more likely to help you.
Don’t worry if you aren’t close with the person. There are many instances where a friend of a friend recommends a person. Usually a recommendation like this will at least result in them giving you a courtesy interview. Then it’s your job to convince them you are the right person for the job.