With the current ‘State of the Union,’ the job search can be as demeaning as ever. With the number of jobs available being minuscule in comparison to the number of unemployed Americans, only those who employ a strategic approach to landing a job will do so. While many unemployed Americans find their selves relaxing their efforts due to summer time activities, this is the perfect opportunity to make the most out of your job search. USNews offered some tips on how to have a successful job. There was some excellent advice in their piece, but here’s a bit more on it…
- Get started. Studies show that the longer you’re out of work the harder it is to find. Your best chances to land a new job are within 6 months of becoming unemployed. I know it’s summer and you deserve a vacation, but don’t put your search on hold – doing so will make finding success in the future harder. I suggest starting with your resume, and professional preparation can ensure that you have a success-based resume that’s up to date with today’s standards.
- Prepare for a marathon, not a sprint. One of the most common mistakes people make is rushing to apply for ideal positions without properly preparing, and when they don’t get the feedback they’d hoped for losing momentum. Some people will land those first jobs, but most will not. Prepare for a multi-month process and don’t let yourself become easily discouraged. Professional recruiters like Crossroads Consulting, LLC can help you reduce the length of your marathon by preparing you for all of the obstacles job seekers face in today’s market.
- Market yourself. Social media plays a big role in today’s job search. Sites like LinkedIn, Monster.com, and even Facebook can play a major role in developing a professional profile easily accessible to employers looking to recruit top talent. A well-constructed branding statement and elevator pitch are also crucial – if you can’t sell yourself, no one else can either.
- An internship can be very valuable. This is the perfect time to intern. Although most internship positions are unpaid, they do provide valuable experience that will enhance your resume. For those looking to break into a field in which they have no experience, an internship can provide them with the exposure needed to do so. It’s also a way many people can allow themselves to stay sharp and utilize their skills while searching for a new career.
- Always look for opportunities to network with others. Even if it’s at a summer party, get to know people you’ve never met. You never know, your next door neighbor could be looking for someone with your background, right now. In-person networking is a vital asset to utilize during your job search. You must always be on the lookout for opportunities to build relationships. All job seekers should invest time in sharpening their skills and message before, during, and after their job search.
Taking the right approach is vital to your success in your job search. Having a well thought out course of action that’s based on maximizing access to your profile through multiple platforms is also crucial. Fortunately, there are resources available to help guide you through these steps, and others during your search. Sending your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org should be your first step down your path to the career you’ve always wanted.