The year 2020 is one we won’t soon forget, but it’s a whole new year now. It’s time to shake off the dust from last year and start looking for the job of your dreams. But competition is stiff, so you’ll need to put your best foot forward in your job hunt. This means doing some prep work that can help kickstart your search. Here are a few tips.
Clarify Your Career Goals
You may be in a hurry to get a job, but your chances of success will go up dramatically if you take some time to figure out what you want. Think through your ideal position. Would you work from home? Are there specific benefits you need? What are the job duties? Do you prefer a large company or a small one? A fast-paced office or a more laid-back feel? What about salary? With a picture of your ideal position in mind, you’ll have a much better idea of which jobs to pursue and how to tweak your resume to match.
Update Your Resume
You should always tailor your resume to fit the position you are applying for, highlighting the skills and experience that make you an ideal candidate. More and more employers are now scanning resumes for relevant keywords before they ever get to an actual person. Be careful to utilize the keywords in the job description and common keywords for your industry, but make sure you insert them as they naturally fit. “Keyword stuffing” is likely to get your resume tossed.
Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you’re missing a valuable opportunity, especially in today’s mostly virtual world. Build out your profile with a strong headline and summary statement, as well as a work experience section that matches your resume. Be sure to add a recent professional photo.
Once your profile is the best it can be, take advantage of LinkedIn’s networking opportunities. You can connect with people in your existing network, join relevant industry groups, and even forge new connections.
Write a Strong Cover Letter
Although many job applicants hate them, cover letters are a fact of life. Look at it as your chance to go beyond your resume, explaining the backstory that makes you the ideal candidate for the position. If you have any job gaps or other unusual circumstances, this is the place to discuss them. Be sure to tailor your cover letter to each job for which you apply.
Ready for a new position?
If you’re in the market for a new job, contact Total Staffing Solutions. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to match you with your next position.