How do you know if you are on the right track to find a job? Be proactive and driven. In a time where jobs are scarce and young people are entering the workplace in floods, it is easy to get discouraged. But having a smart job search strategy can help you find great opportunities.
Having a good job search in today's world begins online. As a professional tool, make sure you have a great LinkedIn page. Getting started is easy, and the Career Center has some great tips on making sure your page is up to date. LinkedIn is also great to keeping your network up to date, as it is crucial to keep your connections current.
The first thing you should do is look at what kind of job you want, your career aspirations, and what kind of organization would best suit your needs. Again, LinkedIn is a valuable tool for this search. Make a list of goals, then do your research on which companies would best suit these aspirations.
When you narrow down your search and begin applying, make sure you thoroughly researched each company and job description. Show that you love the company or organization, not just the job. Do a check online to know more about where you are applying- Glassdoor and Vault are both valuable assets for online searches to get more information on the company. Also read all relevant articles, and keep up to date on new information about the company. You want to impress people by how much you know about the organization.
After you have narrowed down your search more, reach out to your network as well as the hiring managers of your potential future employers. Utilize online tools like Twitter and LinkedIn to gain rapport with your potential peers as well as garner an introduction. Rather than wait for a job posting online, be proactive and reach out- it will not only get your name out there, but it will make you stand out and gives you a better chance at getting a job you truly love.
Before reaching out to your companies with resumes and cover letters, make sure to tailor each one specifically to that hiring manager, and then have 3 people read it over- typos are the #1 reason a candidate is rejected based on a resume. Tools that market you need to be 100% error free and appeal to the person you are sending them to.
Set goals for yourself, because being a proactive job searcher takes time and energy. Instead of waiting for possible openings, take the lead and reach out to people yourself to find a job you love!