Looking to make a jump start with your career this Year? You’re in luck; the global job market also tends to start fresh at the beginning of the year with new job positions being advertised. Below we explore five tips that should help you land the job you want in 2017.
Tailor Your Resume for the Job You Want
Having a completed resume requires a lot more than writing down the basics – job titles, description and education. I used to look through applications before deciding who I wanted to interview for the various positions that became available and the resumes that would get my attention were ones that stood out. You need to think about what makes you a unique candidate and how you can illustrate this message through your resume. If you are hoping to land a job after university or a job in another industry, it is extra important to tailor your resume to the type of job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to a job for a non-profit organisation, highlighting your volunteer work could be a great way to show how and why you would be a good fit. Leave out information that is not important to the role as employers don’t want to read through pages and pages to get to relevant information.
Having a strong social media presence in the 2017 job market is more crucial than ever before. A must-have for job seekers nowadays is a social presence on LinkedIn. Other mainstream social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, are also important, although in some industries more than in others. Before applying, be sure to clean up your accounts and/or make them private. In today’s market, employers are commonly using all social media platforms to learn more about job seekers and whether they would be a good fit for their company culture. Job seekers can also leverage mainstream social media to connect with employers for openings that they are interested in.
Apart from mainstream social media, it is also important to be active on some of the well-established job-search sites. Job-search sites keep you updated with new job opportunities in a particular area or industry, help take off some of the searching stress, and sometimes even provide you with practice interview questions.
Informational interviews are a great way for job seekers to seek advice on what it is like to work for a specific company, an industry they are interested in, and steps to reach specific career goals. Meeting with professionals that you trust opens the door for conversation to not only learn from a professional that you respect, but also to learn more about what you may or may not want to further pursue.
Be Considerate to Others You Meet on the Way to your interview
Though going into an interview can be quite nerve-wracking for all and it is very important to remember to be polite to all you meet on your way there. Many companies view company culture to be very important, so it is quite common to check on how you interacted with others throughout the building, you never know who you might meet!
Follow up within 24 hours
A quick note thanking your interviewer is always appreciated and a great way to be remembered!
Though it can take a great deal of preparation, landing the job you want can be made a bit smoother by following these tips and staying true to yourself!
Do you have any great tips / advice for job hunters?