Looking for a job can be a mind melt. Here are five tips to help you generate more job search results in less time. Implement these approaches and spin your difficult situation into a positive one, bringing you closer to your ideal career.
SAY NO TO GIANT JOB BOARDS
Applying for work on job boards demands a great deal of time. Most job boards require you to create a user account, upload your documents, populate the uploaded information correctly, and apply it to the jobs that catch your eye. As a result, job seekers often spend more time than they would by going directly to the job source.
Consider spending your time applying directly through the hiring company’s website. This approach will help you to avoid inputting your information numerous times on a third-party platform.
SEND ONLY TARGETED DOCUMENTS
When applying to jobs online, there is a high chance you are sending your resume to a company’s ATS (Applicant Tracking System).
An ATS is a system designed to parse and filter through large numbers of job applications based on specific keyword criteria. If your resume doesn’t hit the mark with most of the job postings’ keywords, you will not be shortlisted. Most of the time, a hiring manager will only call the applications that generate an 80%+ ATS keyword match.
Most companies use an ATS these days, so it’s wise to send fewer highly-targeted applications vs. endless general applications. If you fail to keyword optimize every application, your resume will be rejected and sent to the black hole faster than you can say ‘hire me.’
GIVE MEASURABLE STATEMENTS
Hiring managers and recruiters love numbers, results, and proof that you are a great potential hire. Include some of your most significant career achievements on your LinkedIn profile, personal website, resume, and cover letter.
If you aren’t sure how to phrase your most significant selling factors, think: ‘I achieved THIS by doing THAT.’ Keep your selling points measurable and actionable.
BE SOCIAL SAVVY
Having a legitimate and respectful online presence is one of the smartest investments you can give your professional self. When you look at your online presence from an outsider’s perspective, would you be compelled to learn more, or would it be a hard pass?
Show up on the platforms that you enjoy the most. For instance, if Twitter isn’t your thing, you should not feel obligated to have a presence there. If LinkedIn is more exciting for you, make sure that you have a consistent, engaging presence and a completed LinkedIn profile. Ideally, change your Facebook and Instagram accounts to private unless you have highly curated accounts.
CONNECT WITH LOCAL RECRUITERS
Recruiters are always open to being alerted to talented people, so take the time to connect with a few on LinkedIn. Send a quick but informative note regarding your skills and search. Avoid cold calling or applying to jobs that are not a match to get their attention.
Keep in mind that it is not a recruiter’s task to help you get a job. A recruiter’s job is to find the very best candidate for their client, the hiring company. All you need to do is spotlight the areas where you are a strong match for their clients’ needs, and they will call if there is a distinct alignment.
The right fit is out there. Search smarter, not harder!