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Have you Tried These 5 Ways to Improve Your Job Search?

Published: October 17, 2016

It’s time to find a job in your new career. But how? Check out these 5 ways to improve your job search and you could be on your way to the career of your dreams.

Start with your resume. It’s not enough to have a resume that outlines your training and experience. If you want to land the interview, your resume has to rock! That means it goes way beyond the obvious of being grammatically correct with no typos or misrepresentations. It needs to fit to the job like a magnet, with keywords taken directly from the company’s job description and a skillset that screams that you’re a perfect match to the job. It needs to be well-structured, easy to read, and able to beat the applicant tracking system. Is yours?

Make getting a job your part time job. Even though you might be working full time right now, if you want the job of your dreams, you need to make getting a job your most important job. Set realistic and measurable goals and accomplish at least one of them every day. You don’t have to use our calendar, but check it out and see if it might work for you:

·         Sunday                Search job postings

·         Monday               Polish your resume and customize it to the jobs you want

·         Tuesday               Create personalized cover letters for each job posting

·         Wednesday          Participate in mock interviews

·         Thursday             Attend networking events

·         Friday                  Go on interviews

·         Saturday              Follow up with thank-yous

Search the where before the what. Instead of looking among thousands of job listings for the kind of job you might want, hone in on the kind of place you’d like to work. Whether it’s a healthcare facility you’ve heard great things about, or a company whose employees always rave in online reviews, think about where you’d really like to work. Then, go to their website and see what jobs they post. They may have jobs available there that never make it out to the general public. Beat the competition.

Get Digital. You’re probably already on social media sites like Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. But are you on LinkedIn? You need to be! If you’re searching for a new career, LinkedIn is the best online platform to connect with job postings and people. As to all those other platforms, make sure your profile looks professional. Adjust your privacy settings so no one can see what you post unless you want them to, but remember, friends of friends could still post an image you don’t like, so keep checking what’s out there and be responsible.

Network. Use LinkedIn for your career search, but don’t stop there. Career fairs and networking events specific to your field are great ways to meet people who might be hiring. They can also help you stay up-to-date with topics and trends in your industry. And if your school or career training program brings in guest lecturers about job opportunities, don’t miss out!

At Charter College, we know that your natural talents and career training are the foundations on which you can build a great career. But you also need to know how to find those first opportunities in your new career. Let us help. Our Career Services team is dedicated to your success.