While I am in the process of finishing up my e-book "Don't Hire Me" (an e-book on how to fix your resume to get the job you've always wanted), it has made me realize that not many people know exactly how to successfully find a job. Yes, you could have an award-winning resume in your hand, but if you don't know exactly what to do with it, then what's the point? It's like having a million dollars while being stranded on a deserted island.
So the point of this article is to help point you in the right direction in your job search process.
Secret #1: Venture off of the Job Board Sites
Think about it, each day over a million people flock to Job Board Sites like Monster, Indeed, Career Builder, and Simply Hired in search of their next job. Companies are spending money to post ads in search of the perfect candidate, knowing that they will have hundreds candidates to choose from. Sometimes the job you've been in search of could be hiding on a company's website.
Just a quick search at the Job Opening section of Nestle's website revealed 7 recently posted positions under Entry Level: New Jersey, USA
Sometimes companies will post on their website and not utilize Job Boards, so it would be beneficial to check out the websites of companies (rather than solely relying on Job Boards). A hidden gem of a position might just be one or two clicks away!
Secret #2: Utilize LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a powerful tool that connects you to thousands of companies, networks, and executives. A quick search using the Job Title, Industry, or Keywords + Location will provide you with jobs based on the search criteria you've provided. Your profile can also be used as a way to help you find jobs. Having a fully optimized LinkedIn profile and joining relevant networks will help you be seen by recruiters!
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Secret #3: Ensure Your Career Documents are Properly Aligned
Does your resume accurately target the industry and position you are seeking in your job search? Including the following elements in your resume will pass Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and the average 30 - 60 second scan by hiring managers:
Job Title Section
Summary of Qualifications Section
Key Skills/Areas of Expertise Section
Remember, resumes are not a "one-size-fits-all" document. If you are applying to different industries, it's beneficial to use two separate resume documents targeting the specific industry you're applying for.
Secret #4: Use Your References
You know that Uncle that you usually don't talk to unless it's during the family Christmas Dinner? Or that Cousin you've been avoiding phone calls from for over a decade? Now is the time to use them as your reference! Friends, family, previous associates, and even "a friend of a friend of a friend" can come in handy during your job search. If they or someone they know is employed at the company or industry you're interested in, reach out to them! It doesn't hurt to ask for them to pass your resume and credentials on.
Secret #5: Get From Behind The Computer
Attending local career recruiting events or joining professional organizations can help in your career search. It opens up many opportunities that could lead you to your dream job!