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10 Simple Job Search Strategies That Work

5041488_sWhile some topics warrant in-depth, sometimes an easy-to-follow quick list does the trick. Here are 10 job search basics that actually work.

1 Make a list of your target employers and try to network your way in. As your friends, family, LinkedIn connections, etc. if they know anyone who works for one of your choices.

2 Keep a record of the companies and positions where you have applied. This will save confusion if you are contacted by someone from HR or a recruiter who is working on a position you’ve already applied for.

3 Research the company and people you will be interviewing with in advance. Doing your research will help you prepare questions and see who or what you may have in common.

4 Always send a thank you email to each person you interview with. Tailor each one to the addressee as much as possible. Never send a “bulk” thank you.

5 Know everything you claim on your resume and social media profiles cold. If you claim to have increased sales 23% be prepared to explain how you did that.

6 Eliminate phrases like “responsible for” and “duties included” from your resume. Instead focus on highlighting your skills and achievements.

7 Recruiters and hiring managers have a short attention span, they may spend only a few seconds before deciding yes or no. This is why you need to immediately convey value on your resume.

8 Avoid rambling by preparing answers to the most common interview questions like “tell me about yourself” and “what is your greatest weakness” in advance.

9 Remember a job interview should go both ways. Don’t forget that you are interviewing the employer as well to see if it’s a good fit for you.

10 Don’t raise red flags with inconsistencies. While your resume and LinkedIn profile shouldn’t mirror each other word-for-word, employers, job titles, dates of employment should be the same on both.

About Annette Richmond, MA

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, and former recruiter. Her career advice has been featured by Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster, Vault, and WSJ. She helps motivated, senior level professionals tell their unique career story. She also serves as executive editor of career-intelligence.com.


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