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

Published: September 20, 2021
 

You’re ready to start your new career and you’ve spent some time looking for and applying to jobs. Maybe you were lucky enough to get an interview or maybe you haven’t heard back from anyone yet. At this point, you might be discouraged on your job hunt, thinking you might never find a job. Don’t give up yet! There are a few ways to improve your job search for better success.

Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

Your future employer wants to know that you’re interested in their position and not just any old job. How can you show that you want to work for them? Tailor your resume and cover letter to match the job you want. Your current resume should only serve as a template so it’s easy to customize to each position. Look at the job posting and pull keywords directly from it to add to your resume. It will help you beat the application tracking system that could prevent the employer from looking at it and show how well you sync up with the role. The same goes for your cover letter. Be sure to highlight the skills and experience you have that will match the job post. The more you fit the description, the better chance you have to land an interview.

Scour Company Websites

Job boards like Indeed and Monster are a great place to start your search. You can find some good opportunities there and you can see what companies want from a job candidate. But if you know that you want to work for a specific company or healthcare facility, check the websites of those organizations for open positions. Not every company posts its open positions on job boards, so you could be one step ahead of the competition by doing a little bit of detective work.

Set Daily Goals

Your job search should be your part-time job until you find the perfect position. Set aside one to two hours a day on the hunt and set small but reasonable goals for yourself. Spend one day on the search and spend the next day writing cover letters and polishing your resume. Take time to apply to the positions you found on the following day and then start the process over at the end of the week.

Develop a Professional Presence on Social Media

You probably have a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account already, but do you have a LinkedIn account? If not, now is a great time to set one up. LinkedIn is a great tool for the job search because it allows you to look for jobs by position, location, or industry. It also helps you build a network of professional connections. Go ahead and connect with current or former co-workers. Then, start to connect with people who work in the industry that you want to work in. You never know what opportunities can come from those connections. Finally, don’t forget to clean up your other social media accounts. Take down anything that looks unprofessional and start to post content that you would want employers to see. Many employers will check social media accounts during the hiring process and you wouldn’t want anything to embarrass you or prevent you from getting the job.

Network at Job Fairs

Social media can be a great tool to network digitally, but you’ll also want to make some face-to-face connections as well. Attend local job fairs or hiring events. You’ll be able to hear about open positions and get to network with representatives from the industry you want to enter. Even if you can’t attend these events in person right now, look for virtual fairs or events that allow you to network from the comfort of your own home.

 

What can also help improve your job search is an education. A certificate or degree could give you an edge over the competition. At Charter College, we offer training programs in Business, Health Care, Information Technology, and some of the Trades. Call 888-200-9942 now to learn more.