Use these job search tips to make your search more efficient
Are you looking for a job? Are you spending every day looking at online job ads on Career Builder or Indeed or Monster? If you are like many job seekers, you may be submitting resumes every day and feeling frustrated that you aren’t getting any response. If this is happening to you, it may be time to re-evaluate your job search strategy.
Try these tips to make your job search more strategic and efficient. Targeting your job search more carefully will save you time and frustration.
1. The 10% rule: spend only 10% of your job search online
Searching for jobs online seems like the simplest way to do it. After all, you get loads of job postings to choose from! However, given the steep competition from the hundreds of other online candidates, it’s hard to get your resume on top of the pile. All those hours you spend every day combing through job ads and submitting your applications can sometimes feel wasted. For this reason, many career professionals recommend spending only 10% of your job search on online job sites.
2. Go to a Career Services professional
People who are recent graduates of career schools and colleges are often still eligible for career services. Take advantage of this opportunity to speak with career placement specialists. They may know about job openings, good companies to work for, and other information that could turn into a job lead.
3. Develop your career network
You have probably heard a million times that you’re supposed to spend more time networking. This is because person-to-person interactions and word-of-mouth are two great ways that people find jobs. With networking, you may hear of a job opening before it becomes public. Or someone may recommend you for a job if they know you’re looking. Or you might learn of a new potential employer that you’d never even heard of before. Networking takes time, but it tends to get more results than submitting a job application “cold.” If you don’t know where to begin with your career networking, try How to Build Your Career Network.
4. Use the time-saving features on job search sites
Job search websites have more than just job postings. They actually have some time-saving resources that can help make your job search more targeted. Try these features:
- Sign up for e-mail notifications.
Rather than scrolling through new jobs posts every day, sign up for an e-mail alert. When signing up, be sure to fill out the “advanced search” fields carefully, so that you get job postings that best match your qualifications.
If you use LinkedIn for your job search engine, you can enjoy one extra benefit. When a job posting comes up from a certain employer, LinkedIn will show you if you have any connections who work for that employer. If you know the person well enough, you can reach out to them and ask them about the position.
Many of the major job websites will offer advice on resume-writing, interviewing, networking, and more. It never hurts to take a look at these tips every once in a while. They may help you improve your job search strategies.
5. Target specific companies
Depending on your career goals, there may be certain key employers that you are really hoping to work for. If this is the case, go directly to the Careers section of their websites and see what is posted. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn. See if you know anyone who works at the company. Try to get an informational interview. Focusing your time on your preferred employers can help target your efforts toward something you really want.
6. Get more active on LinkedIn and social media
Social media can be a time drain if used too much, but it can also be a useful tool in your job search. Take some time to post interesting articles. Write interesting comments relating to your career field. Or reach out to connections, friends, and colleagues. By becoming more active on LinkedIn, you will get your name on other people’s radars.
7. Don’t waste time applying if you’re not qualified
Some people like to send out as many resumes as possible, even if they’re not especially qualified. Given that there could be hundreds of competitors who are qualified, your chances probably are not great. Instead, use this time seek out opportunities that are a better match for your skills.
8. Be willing to compromise
If your job search has been dragging on for months, it is sometimes a good idea to compromise. This may mean searching outside of your geographic preferences, applying for jobs that aren’t your first choice, or exploring jobs in a lower pay grade. It’s hard to make compromises like this, but sometimes it can jump start your job search and get you in the door for an interview.
9. Get out in the world
Sitting at your computer every day looking for a job can be isolating. Instead, be sure to get out in public every day. Meet up with friends or family to talk about your job search and ask for advice. Look for local events to attend or job-seeker resources that your community or local library may offer. Consider volunteering for a position that will get you talking to more people. The more involved you are, the more you’ll be able to develop your network and, with any luck, hear of more job opportunities.
10. Don’t let failures get you down
Getting rejections can be demoralizing. Just remember that getting rejected doesn’t mean that you weren’t good enough for the job. It could just mean that another candidate was a better fit. Try not to take the rejections personally. Chalk it up to experience, and move on to the next opportunity!
We hope these 10 tips help you get your job search back on track. For more job search advice, try: 5 Resume Tips to Get Past the Resume Robots. And most importantly, good luck!