Tired of lengthy lists of job search tips? Wish you could get just the facts? If you’re in the job hunting game and need some advice but don’t want to waste time, consider these tips.
- Start as quickly as you can!
There’s no time like the present. Don’t put off your job search, even if you haven’t yet settled in your new city or region. If you’re a college student preparing to graduate, get a head start before you walk off with your diploma. Job security outweighs the freedom of a few weeks off
- Tailor your resume
You don’t want your resume to look like a novel. Whittle it down to a page if you’re able, although that doesn’t mean shrinking the font to size 4. If you need two pages, so be it, but avoid going over. Tailoring your information can help your resume get picked up by employers’ resume-sorting software.
- Be selective
When searching for jobs, don’t just apply to any position. It’s tempting to throw your resume out at every position you see, but that takes time, which would be better spent finding positions you actually want.
- Don’t be too selective
You can’t cherry pick, unfortunately. While you should be selective, you shouldn’t allow your standards to narrow your choices too much – especially when it comes to jobs on the fringe or even outside your industry. If you’re a recent grad, you should broaden your horizons a bit. Don’t worry about being pigeonholed – you’re still young.
- Use your social network
This doesn’t mean Facebook, specifically, although that can help, too. During your years in college and numerous summer jobs and internships, you’ve presumably met some people and garnered some contacts. Now’s the time to use these. Figure out if anyone knows of any job openings or would be willing to vet you as a professional reference.
- Read carefully
Ideally, before applying to a job – and certainly before a phone or in-person interview – you should do your homework on the position and the company. According to Fox News, this means more than just the job description on the listing. Browse the company website, then familiarize yourself with your own resume and cover letter.
Also, it goes without saying: Groom your resume and cover letter for typos and grammatical errors. These can be a deal-breaker for job seekers!.
- Double-check your social media
There’s more grooming to be done: Get on Facebook and remove any tags to content – especially photos – that makes you look particularly unprofessional. Obviously, your social media content shouldn’t be policed, but by presenting a more mature face to the world, you’re improving your chances of being hired. It’s also worth noting that now’s the time for a more adult email address if you don’t have one already. Stick to something basic that utilizes your name. Avoid silly nicknames, pseudonyms and too many random alphanumeric combinations.
- Sleep more
No more all-nighters for parties or studying. The sooner you get into a regular sleep pattern that offers you a solid seven or eight hours a night, the better you’ll be functioning in the waking world, especially during interviews. Plus, once you score a job, you’ll already be adapted to a typical sleep schedule. Sleep is something you can control right now, so make it a priority.
- Dress better
You don’t need to reinvent your wardrobe, but alongside better sleep habits and a more mature social media presence, dressing like an adult can benefit you in ways you might not expect. Sure, it’s a good idea to dress snappy for your interview, but by adopting a more adult wardrobe, you’ll also lend yourself a self-confident swagger you may not know you’d been missing.
- Practice interviews
Practice with friends, family members, pets, mirrors and anyone who will listen. Interviews are tough, and the more comfortable you are with talking about yourself, the more articulate you’ll be when the big day comes. A lot depends on the interview, so take the time to perfect your performance.
- Don’t give up
Job searches are tough, but don’t despair. Feel like you’re just not catching a break? Reevaluate your process and fine-tune it further. Your ideal job is out there somewhere.