Looking for a job in today’s day and age can be a stressful situation. In most cases, it’s no longer enough to submit a resume and cover letter and hope that you will get a call for an interview. And even if you are, you can be sure that there are dozens, if not hundreds of other candidates looking to get that same position. To this end, we’ve compiled a short rundown of several job search secrets that will improve the odds of you getting the position you want in only a fraction of the time.
Many job seekers try to take the easy road only to find themselves applying to countless jobs and never be called in for an interview. When this happens, it’s somewhat evident that their approach is faulty. What most people do is to write a single resume and cover letter and use the same ones over and over again.
Unfortunately, however, this technique rarely pays off. Instead, you should personalize your information per the company and job post you are applying. Keep in mind that HR personnel looks over hundreds of resumes, sifting out only the relevant information that pertains to their organization. A generic resume and cover letter will lead HR reps to disregard your documents the moment they pick it up. Take your time to get a feel of the organization and write information that’s relevant to the company culture and the position at hand.
Tailor Your Professional Online Presence
Having a well-established professional online presence will get you a long way in receiving that call all job seekers are wanting. Say, the recruiter has finished the first round of resume sorting; their next step will be to take a closer and more in-depth look at the people that have made it past that round.
In most cases, they will Google your name and see what extra information they can obtain. Hopefully, your LinkedIn profile will appear. This will play a critical role as recruiters want to get a better sense of who you are. It’s in your LinkedIn profile that you can add further professional information about yourself. It’s also advisable that you change the privacy settings of your other social media accounts, such as Facebook or Instagram if you don’t want recruiters to see those.
Practice Your Interviewing Skills
Nervousness is a common symptom when being called for a job interview. It can cause some people to tighten up, not being able to answer even the simplest of questions. Others, prefer to go to a meeting and see what happens. But taking this approach will sometimes leave you at a loss when faced with more detailed questions.
You can counteract these issues by practicing in advance. If you’re headed for an interview, take some time to learn about the company, rehearse your statement, as well as practice some common interview questions. Some of these, however, may require some evidential answers. A question like “How did you deal with conflict at your last job?” will expect a response that goes into detail. Similarly, answers like I’m a people person or I’m a team player will rarely do you any favors on their own. You will need to back them up with some examples.
With a bit of foresight and preparedness, and by following these tips presented here, you will be well on your way to landing your dream job. MyComputerCareer will provide you with technical training, certification preparation, as well as job placement support if you are looking to enter the Information Technology (I.T.) industry, or seeking career advancement. Contact us today for more information.
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