Are you still struggling on how to job search with success? You’re far from alone. Even though the nation’s unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.3 percent in January, plenty of unemployed people are still out there looking for a job.
This actually makes your life more difficult. The more people who are looking for jobs, the more difficult it is for you to stand out to hiring managers. Every time that you find a job ad online or in your newspaper’s classified section, so will dozens of other equally qualified candidates.
To succeed in today’s competitive job market, you need to know how to job search effectively.
Turn to Your Network
The first step? Rely on your network of contacts to find those jobs that haven’t yet hit the classified or online job boards. Maybe your former cubicle mate knows of an opening at a rival company. Maybe a past boss is willing to recommend you to a colleague that is interested in adding to her staff. Your neighbor might even be friends with a hiring manager at a company that you’ve long targeted.
You’ll never know what opportunities are out there if you don’t brush up on your networking skills.
Don’t Forget Social Media
But don’t forget the other key of running a professional job search today: You must take advantage of all the opportunities provided by social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. These sites allow you to instantly tell hundreds of online contacts that you are looking for a new job. You never know which of these contacts might have a job lead for you.
Don’t forget, either, to search your list of LinkedIn contacts. You might be connected already to someone who works at a company at which you’d like to interview. If so, try to schedule a lunch meeting to find out key information about the company. Make sure to pay for this lunch, though; you are asking a favor, remember.
The Job Interview
Finally, once you do land a job interview, be prepared to tell hiring managers and company officials not only why you are qualified for their open position but what benefits you can bring to them. Hiring managers have more than enough qualified candidates from which to choose today. You need to tell them exactly why choosing you will benefit their company.
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