Whether you are 20 or 50 these tips are invaluable to your search:
- Who are you targeting? Make your search more effective and laser focused by selecting employers who you would enjoy working for. Take time to research on Glassdoor, LinkedIn and corporate sites and choose a dozen companies and one or two iterations of the job title you are searching for on those sites. Check onetonline.org for common job titles as well as individual company websites to aide in your searches.
- Be sure all of your career documents, cover letters, resume and interactions with an employer or recruiter are error free and top notch. Take the time to write your best response rather than hurriedly attaching your resume to a one-sentence email with a subject that doesn’t grab their attention. If you are in doubt, hold your cover letter overnight and re-read it in the morning light.
- Be Visible on the right Social Media! Being “invisible” is not effective in today’s job market. Don’t worry about putting yourself out there for others to see – that’s exactly what you want. Anonymity is a killer for job searches. Be sure your site only presents yourelf and your image in a professional manner. Employers use search engines to research job applicants and are looking for “social proof” that you are who you say you are.
- Put your information up on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is the largest professional social network serving almost 400,000,000 individuals. It’s an excellent network for managing your professional/work visibility. Share your accomplishments in your profile and insert your resume in full. Use it to complete the picture of how much you know and the depth of your experience.
- The world is changing every day and is by no means static. Keeping current is essential. Subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, industry trade magazines and publications. If you aren’t paying attention to what is going on, you could be looking for a job in the wrong place at the wrong time.