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How Can I Improve My Chances of Finding a Job?

Published: November 23, 2020
 

The job search can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. You know you have the drive and ability to excel in a new position—if only someone would give you a chance. Especially in a competitive job market, it’s more important than ever to do what you can to tilt the odds in your favor of finding a job. Get the right skills and experience, look in the right places, and go out there and network!

Look for a Job in the Right Industries

Many businesses have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, especially restaurants, retail shops, bars, and hotels. But other industries, especially those in healthcare and IT, have seen an uptick in demand. If you need a job, look where employers are actually hiring. Focus your attention on industries like healthcare, technology, business administration, and those trades that were deemed essential services during the pandemic.

Get Experience Before You Get a Job

Look for experience anywhere you can find it. Many schools offer externships as part their programs. These learning opportunities place you in a real-world setting where you can observe professionals on the job and put to use what you’ve learned in your program. Another way to get experience while you wait for the perfect full-time job is to take on a part-time job. You can hone transferable skills like communicating with others, problem solving, and acting professionally. And if you can’t find a paying gig, volunteer work or job shadowing in the profession you hope to enter can give you experience and help you make connections.

Network, Network, Network

Speaking of making connections, be sure to take advantage of the resources in your network of family, friends, and co-workers. Ask them if they know of available job opportunities that would be a good fit for you. Maybe they can even recommend you or put in a good word on your behalf. You never know what’s out there until you ask.

Sign Up for LinkedIn

Create a LinkedIn account today! LinkedIn is a great resource to build your network and to look for jobs. Did you know you can search for jobs on LinkedIn? There’s a separate section dedicated just to job listings. You can set your account to receive notifications when a job that matches your criteria comes up and you can even use “Easy Apply.” That’s when you complete your job application directly through LinkedIn to save time.

Apply for Multiple Jobs

You find the perfect job. You apply. Now you can sit back and wait for the call to invite you to an interview. Seriously?? Never put your eggs all in one basket. Apply to as many jobs that you feel you qualify for. The same is also true when applying at a specific company. If they offer more than one open position you feel you’d be good at, go ahead and apply for them all, especially if it’s a company you’d really like to work for.

Tailor Your Cover Letter to the Job

Applying for multiple jobs can increase your chances of finding one, but it can also lead the hiring manager to think you’re not serious about working for their company—unless you tailor your cover letter. You should always send a unique cover letter with your application. Even when it’s an easy apply from LinkedIn or a job board, make sure your application stands out in a positive way. A customized cover letter demonstrates that you’ve read the job posting, understand what the employer is looking for, and that you have what it takes to meet their needs.

 

You can also catch an employer’s eye if you have a degree or certificate listed on your resume. At Charter College, we offer career training programs in Business, Health Care, Information Technology, and some Trades. To learn more, call 888-200-9942.