Ready for your next career opportunity? Landing your dream job can seem impossible at times, but with the right tools and strategies, it is definitely within reach.
In this blog post, we will discuss 7 job search hacks that will help you get hired and be successful in your career. So whether you are just starting out on your job hunt or have been looking for a while without any success, read on to learn what you need to do!
1. Start your job search by identifying your wants and goals.
The more specific your goals, the easier it will be to develop an effective job-search strategy. Simply stating “I need a new better paying job” is too vague. Evaluate your work history to identify the underlying skills, core values, and work environment that are best suited for you. The more targeted your goals, the easier it will be to develop the right plan. Click on the following link to download your career clarity worksheet.
Once you know what type of job you want to pursue, write it down. You are 10 times more likely to accomplish your goals when you do this. Think beyond the job title and write down what your role would look like and the skills you'd get to leverage in your next job position.
2. Use a variety of methods to find job postings - don't rely on just one source.
Job boards can be an excellent job hunting tool to utilize. There are many available, from huge national to niche job boards run by industry publications. Job boards can help you expand your network and reach potential employers.
However, try not to solely rely on job boards, get in touch with recruiters to make your job search hassle-free and save you time. Alongside submitting your CV, go one step further and pick up the phone to discuss your requirements and skill set with a specialist recruiter.
3. Use keywords in your CV and cover letter.
Not only is it advisable to tailor your CV and cover letter to each job you apply for and ensure it's ATS-friendly, but you should also maximise keywords in your CV and cover letters. Keywords are words or phrases that describe specific job requirements. They are the skills, abilities, credentials, and qualities that a hiring manager looks for in a candidate. The closer a match, the better your chances are of being selected for an interview.
The whole point of a CV is to get a recruiter or hiring manager interested enough that they take the next step and schedule an initial phone screen with you. And the easiest way to do that is to use your CV to spell out why you’re a great fit for the role you’ve applied to.
4. Keep a Job Interview Cheat Sheet.
This is one of the easy job search tips to overlook. Take 25 minutes to write down everything that you’ve accomplished during your time at different jobs. In your cheat sheet, you can also jot down your best answers to common interview questions. Keep this bullet-point list on file, and it will be ready to go whenever you need it. It will be easier to recall your successes if they’re already typed out and ready to go. Needless to say, you should also prepare for interviews by studying the company and practising common interview questions. Practise by asking yourself questions and answering in front of the mirror until you become as confident as possible.
5. Help recruiters find you.
Make sure that companies can find you. It is recommended to create a presence on LinkedIn. It’s the easiest hack of the bunch. When you upload your CV, update your profile and set your status to #opentowork and make it visible to recruiters that you are available for new opportunities. By doing so you open yourself to people who are hiring for jobs that could be a great fit for your skillset.
6. Get relevant job listings delivered to you.
It can be very time consuming and at times overwhelming scrolling through all those pages of job listings. Bypass that whole laborious exercise. Set 2 or 3 job alerts according to the job titles and companies that you choose. This way, you’ll get those jobs delivered to your mailbox so that you won’t miss anything good. Just think of all the time you’ll save!
7. Have a dedicated time for applying for jobs.
Dedicate a 30-minute window of your day for job applications. Don't let the job-search process take over your life. If you need to, rely on those daily job alerts. Set a timer for 30 minutes in the morning or evening to comb through your notifications and apply to the jobs that interest you. From there, having your cover letter and CV ready to go will help you cut downtime and allow you to apply for those jobs more quickly.