How long have you been looking for a job? How many job hiring posts have you sent applications to? Do you think your job search effort isn’t enough? Has it been a while since you got invited for an interview?
If you say yes to any or all of the questions above, it’s safe to assume that your recent round of job hunting is not as successful as you’re probably hoping it to be. You’re not alone, though. Nearly everyone experiences this kind of job search slump. And when it happens, jobseekers usually turn to the Internet and look for job search tips.
There are a number of job search tips out there that come from professional headhunters and recruiters themselves. It’s not surprising if you’ve applied the top tips on your own job search, which makes you wonder, why are you still unsuccessful?
Here’s the thing: many jobseekers make the mistake of forgetting about or ignoring some basic job hunting tips. These tips are so basic that people often take them for granted.
If you want to change the way your job search is going, you might as well reconsider these five tips.
1. Let people know that you’re currently looking for a job
How many friends do you have (both online and offline)? Each of those people in your friends and contacts list come from different industries and they also have a network of their own. Who knows, one of them could be looking for someone with your skills and talent? Getting the word out that you’re currently looking for a job may just help you find the perfect opportunity.
2. Highlight your application according to the role
When applying to jobs online, you should remember that applications typically go through computerized initial screening. Your profile, resume and cover letter should be customized in such a way that it will be recognized by computer software or AI. Use keywords that are related to both your top skills and the position you’re applying for.
3. Strengthen your LinkedIn profile
A lot of recruiters and headhunters look for potential candidates on LinkedIn. You want your LinkedIn profile to be ready for initial screening. Yes, how your LinkedIn profile looks can already say a lot about you.
4. Don’t rely on online applications alone
True enough, many employers now opt to post their job listings online. However, it won’t hurt to go out there and look for opportunities offline. Check the local newspaper’s classified ads section. Listen to the radio. Ask office receptionists. There are many ways to find opportunities beyond the Web — you just need to be patient.
5. Customize your application materials as needed
Even if you’re looking for a job related to your previous or current industry and position, you should remember that no one job is exactly alike. As much as possible, customize your application materials every time in order to specifically respond to the job listing’s requirements. For instance, you might need to highlight a particular soft skill besides your technical skill and knowledge to make sure that you will be considered as a good candidate for the role.