Conducting a job search in today’s current shrinking market, and acquiring one is not so easy. And due to it, there is a rise in the unemployment rate. We do agree that job seeking is never fun while you are still unemployed, and when things are not quite simple. But, the process can more likely be less stressful if you’re well-prepared as well as smart as a job seeker. It’s important to implement smart ways during a job search. That’s the key to land a job successfully. Want to know how? Well, continue reading further as in this blog post we’ll discuss below the 5 tips that you need to essentially implement for becoming a smart job hunter, basic essentials needed for a successful job search along with the 3 mistakes that must be avoided whilst applying for a job.
However, before you explore the tips do you know – Why the Unemployment Rate Matters?
When workers are unemployed, their families lose wages, and the nation as a whole loses their contribution to the economy in terms of the goods or services that could have been produced. Unemployed workers also lose their purchasing power, which can lead to unemployment for more workers, creating a cascading effect that ripples through the economy. In this way, unemployment even impacts those who are still employed.
Unemployment Rate Across 10 States
Data from Sept. 2020
5 Vitals Tips to Execute for Becoming a Smart Job Seeker
Tip 1: Know What You Want
Have you narrowed your search down to a job title? Are you able to articulate what types of responsibilities you’re hoping to have in a job? These are all important aspects to consider before applying. Be specific – How does your dream job look to you? Envision it and write it down. By doing this, it can help spark new ideas about what you might want to do, and where to look for it. Come up with at least five responsibilities that align with your experience and interests, as well your work environment and ideal work schedule. Then, take that list and compare it with the jobs you’re applying to.
Tip 2: Don’t Limit Yourself To Online Applications
Do you desire that job search to last and last? Well, then continue to rely totally on submitting online applications. You want to accelerate this bad boy? Don’t halt once you apply online for that position. Start searching and then endearing yourself to people working at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers. Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few queries. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you for acquiring an interview.
Tip 3: Expand Your Skills
If you are just entering the workforce or beginning a new career, you might want more experience or training to get a job. Consider obtaining an internship or volunteering with an organization in your desired industry while applying for jobs. Utilize these opportunities to advance to a full-time position or grow your network of contacts. You might also take online courses or attend workshops to develop certain skills or learn processes and technologies relevant to your industry. Update your resume as you gain more experience or accomplishments.
Tip 4: Never Say Anything Bad About A Previous Recruiter
Did you work before at another company? If yes, then remember that one of the most common interview mistakes is badmouthing your boss or co-workers. The first thing the interviewer is going to wonder is what you will say about their company when you’re moving on. So, ensure that you’ll not do something as so stupid as talking ill about your previous recruiter or co-workers.
Tip 5: Remain positive
Interviewers can read negativity pretty quickly, and nobody wishes to hire a negative person. By following the first four tips, you will be a more confident (smart) job seeker with more focus, and with a clear picture of the right job that’s the right fit.
Basic Essentials Required for a Successful Job Search
You’ve probably heard it said that job hunting is a fulltime job. I don’t believe that’s necessarily the case, but it is an activity that needs serious commitment. You’ll likely fail if you’re job hunting in your spare time, only on weekends or “when you get to it.” To get serious, schedule specific blocks of time in your calendar that is dedicated to your job hunt. I’d suggest starting with 30 uninterrupted minutes a day and adding time from there.
A Really Big List
A Really Big List is a collection of every idea you have that’s related to your job search — companies you’d love to work for, internships to apply for, people you’ve been meaning to talk to, blogs to subscribe to and anything and everything else. Start a list in a notebook, an Excel doc or in a file on your phone and keep it with you at all times. Your list will provide the assignments for the job search sessions you’ve now made the time for: employers to research, people to invite for informational interviews, events to attend, etc. It’s like a journal and assignment book all in one.
The Best Resume You Can Possibly Have
Although the economy is getting better, it’s still an incredibly competitive job market, so your resume has to be the very best it can be. Don’t wing it! If you can afford a professional resume writer, appoint one. If you’re in college or are a recent grad, get a resume rewrite from your college career center.
If you can’t do either of these things, then ask your smartest, most successful friend (ideally someone who works or has worked in your industry) for help. No matter how you improve your resume, the time, effort and/or money spent will be well worth it.
3 Mistakes to Evade Whilst Applying for a Job
#1: Forwarding a resume riddled with flaws
Given that most recruiters spend barely 30 seconds on a resume, you need to make it as attractive and convincing a case for yourself as you can. More imperatively, make certain it is free of flaws because it is a big reason for rejections.
A strict no-no is spelling mistakes, typos, and grammatical goof-ups. Such errors are a big put-off for employers, who view the candidate as a person who does not pay attention to details.
Another unforgivable mistake is falsifying about your skills, experience or lying other details on the resume. Remember, if you are shortlisted, firms will inevitably run a verification check and if you are found wanting, your reputation will be shred to bits. And, of course, you are unlikely to land a job quickly.
Any mismatch between the details on your social media profile and resume is also undesirable. So keep your resume updated with an eye on work experience and dates. Many job seekers also view the resume as an application that needs to be packed with as much data as possible. Rather, it should be viewed as a marketing tool intended to sell yourself at a glance. So try to keep it with bulleted points, crisp and short, that can be taken up for detailed conversation at an in-person interview afterwards.
Finally, fill up your resume with keywords that are going to likely show up on the databases of firms and headhunters. If you have the qualifications and requisite skills for the job and are not noticed by the employer, it will be a waste of your effort and time.
#2: Sending a generic cover letter & resume to everyone
In their rush to get on with the search after losing a job, many applicants make an easily avoidable blunder: send out the similar copy of a resume and cover letter to all potential recruiters. If your CV reads like a template picked off an online CV builder, with minimal changes to make it presentable and no effort, no employer is going to touch you.
Prepare your resume that you are applying to in a way such that it seems relevant to the role, industry and firm.
Your cover letter should not speak to a faceless entity, but to the person, and try to convince him why your qualifications make you the best fit for the role. This argument must be played out and reflected in the resume, listing your vision and strengths, and how these align with the role and firm’s vision. If your resume appears and views like a copy-paste version, no employer will read it, it will be boring.
Also make certain you pick the CV layout suited to the current stage and experience in your career. For instance, do not pick a resume that begins with work experience even though you are just in your second job, or one that simply lists out every company you’ve ever worked for without describing what exactly you did there.
#3: Not following up or following up too aggressively with recruiter or company
What should you do after sending in the bio? How long should you wait before contacting the employer or recruiter? Many job seekers make the mistake of getting the timing of follow-up wrong. Recall that no employer is going to reply the very next day.
Even so, it is a good idea to send a message on LinkedIn or email instead of calling up as it might be considered intrusive in the initial stages of the selection process. It may be more suitable to call if you have been shortlisted for an interview.
At the junior level, the employer might take to get back even longer, say, 15 days. So do not drop a mail prior two weeks or you might be considered too desperate for a job and are likely to weaken your bargaining position.
Sometimes, head hunters may like your CV and keep the profile in their databases for as long as 1-3 months before getting back. This is because they may not possess the correct opening at the moment and respond only when an appropriate position opens up.
When you do send a follow-up mail, make certain it is crisp, short, and lucid. The subject line should be clearly mentioned and the mail must be politely worded. Briefly reaffirm your interest in the job and why you are a perfect fit. Remind them of your CV and ask for a response. If you still don’t get mail, you are clearly not the frontrunner for the job.
So, hope that you now understand with these tips what is essentially required to be a smart job seeker. They are significant enough to make your job search a success. Take a look to see if there’s something you’re not doing and give it a try.
And, here’s our task for getting your job search right with our 7+ Resume Writing Checklist [Must Do]
- Get started with writing a one minute script about yourself.
- Define clearly WHO YOU ARE and how you wish to be perceived.
- Document your key skills, knowledge, and qualifications.
- Document your remarkable career accomplishments and successes.
- Find one or more notable job targets or positions.
- Find one or more industries that you are targeting.
- Research and gather keywords for your industry, profession, and notable job targets.
- Decide which resume format or layout suits you and your career best.
All the best in finding your dream job!!!