Help me get a job. Is this what you’re asking everyone you meet? Is it paying off for you? Probably not, at least not in today’s competitive hiring environment.
If you want to find a job today, you must take the initiative. You can’t rely on others to point you to available job opportunities.
The good news is that you can find a career by taking three key steps.
First, it’s time to boost your networking skills. You’ve probably heard it before, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not true: The best way to find a new job today is by networking with the right people.
Schedule a lunch with a former boss. Call some past co-workers. Send off a quick e-mail message to that business owner you met at the local chamber of commerce luncheon. Let these people know that you are in the job market. And tell them exactly why you’d make a good employee.
You never know: That former co-worker might know of an opening at her company. That past boss might have a friend who is looking to expand his firm. That business leader might be willing to recommend you to a fellow entrepreneur who is opening a new office in your town.
The best job leads come through networking. Don’t skimp on it.
The job-hunting world has changed dramatically in the last five years. Today, you need to be on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ to effectively network. Through these social media sites, you can quickly contact your most important business associates, letting them know that you are in the job market. You can also use these sites to follow employees working at the companies at which you’d like to land a job. You might discover valuable information that could set you apart from your competitors during a job interview.
Social media is no longer optional for serious job seekers; it’s become an essential tool.
The Right Resume
Hiring managers today receive dozens of resumes for every job posting. Yours, then, needs to stand out. To do this, don’t just list the companies for which you’ve worked. List your achievements while working at them.
For instance, if you helped streamline the production process, saving your firm thousands of dollars a year, include this in your resume. If you developed a new service or product line that boosted the company’s annual sales, include this, too.
If you need help crafting the right job search strategies, be sure to sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. We can help you take the steps necessary to land a job today without every asking, “Help me get a job,” again.