Simplify your job search and save your energy with these five tips to an easier application process from Associate Director of Outreach, Engagement & Professional Development Raquel Arredondo.
Enter your job search with a strategy in mind
Finding a job in the current job market can be stressful. Without a strategy or end goal in mind, you can find yourself aimlessly submitting application after application with few or no results.
There are four key questions you should ask yourself when attempting to form a job search strategy:
- What do I want to do?
- Where do I want to do it (industry, company, location)?
- Who in my network can support me in my search?
- Are my professional collateral and portfolio reflective of my goals?
These questions will guide you through and help you ensure you have everything in order when you find that perfect position.
How to Update Your Resume & LinkedIn for Professional Collateral
Your resume and LinkedIn profile are the only source of first impressions for your potential employer. Keeping your resume and LinkedIn profiles updated and relevant to your field of choice is a critical part of a job search as they provide a comprehensive overview of your skills and experience, and are instrumental in perfecting your professional persona.
Know your audience and be sure you are writing your resume and building your profile with your potential employer in mind. Use industry terms and buzzwords that speak to your desired position and industry, and highlight how you’re the perfect fit.
Engage in Proper Job Search Research
You can use LinkedIn to do more than just post your resume. Just as potential employers are researching you, you can use platforms such as LinkedIn and other online tools to research companies, potential roles and career paths. You can also use them to see who in your network has connections to the company of your choice and research additional topics such as:
- Company culture
- Current employees and employee satisfaction
- Potential career paths
- Relevant job titles
Strategic Networking Is Important in a Job Search
Networking has moved beyond just collecting business cards — it is now an important aspect of any job search. As many job opportunities may come from people you know, it’s important to be strategic about your network and make sure you’re well connected in your industry.
Join industry groups or connect with alumni who work at companies that interest you. These connections can prove to be vital to helping you build a relationship with potential employers by ensuring you have professionals willing to vouch for you. If you feel like you already have a vast network, look through your LinkedIn connections and leverage opportunities to connect with companies and maintain connections with former colleagues.
Tips for Applying for a Job
All your efforts are for nothing if you don’t ensure everything you need for your application is intact. Make sure to fill out applications properly and with care, and ensure you are tailoring every point of contact with the company to their needs and the job description. Everything from listing desired certifications and skills to including relevant references is crucial to your success.
Job Search Follow Up is Key to Success
After you’ve submitted your application, creating a timeline is the best way to ensure you’re staying on top of potential job opportunities. Keep in mind, it’s also important not to appear too eager after you press submit on the application.
A reasonable timeline would be following up two weeks after the application has been submitted. If you do not receive a reply, follow up again and wait for an answer.
Regardless of whether you get a response, it’s important to keep your options open and keep applying. Proceeding with the job search and staying in contact with your network is sure to eventually land you a job you’ll love.