Planning your steps before starting a job search can be beneficial. Understanding which steps to take and when helps you prepare for success.
However, knowing how to begin your job search journey can be challenging. There are many possibilities that can lead to desirable results.
Fortunately, you can follow this guide to prepare for a successful job search. You also can sign up for job alerts from Techneeds to find a role in less time than it may take to secure a role on your own.
Follow these guidelines for increased success with your job search.
Narrow Your Job Options
Determine the industry you want a job in, the types of roles you desire, your preferred salary range, and the type of company you want to work for. Knowing what is important to you helps guide your job search.
Set relevant goals for your job search. Examples include the number of hours to spend on job research each day and the number of jobs to apply for each week. Include a method to track your applications, such as a document or spreadsheet.
Diversify Your Job Sources
Use a variety of online job boards, job search sites, and social media platforms to find relevant roles. Examples include employer career pages, employer LinkedIn profiles and other social media pages, sites that focus on your industry, and sites that post different types of roles.
Talk with relevant members of your network about your job search. Include details about your skills, experience, qualifications, goals, and interests. Your connections may be able to refer you to a hiring manager or introduce you to someone who can help with your search.
Schedule Informational Interviews
Set up a time to talk with employees who work in your targeted jobs and companies. Ask questions to learn more about each role, team, culture, and other relevant information. Use your findings to determine whether to pursue a specific job or organization.
Tailor Your Resume
Customize your resume for each job you apply for. Show how your knowledge, skills, experience, and achievements qualify you for the role.
Include keywords that are in the job description and relevant to your industry. These keywords help your resume get past an applicant tracking system (ATS) and to the hiring manager. Highlighting your qualifications encourages the manager to contact you for an interview.
Prepare for Interviews
Learn all you can about the company and job before an interview. For instance, visit the company’s website and social media pages to learn about the culture, job duties and responsibilities, and other relevant information. Also, conduct an online search to uncover the latest company news and developments.
Practice answering potential interview questions relevant to the role. Include stories and quantifiable results to show how you added value for a previous employer and can provide value for your next employer.
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