Finding a job is challenging. Forget about getting your foot in the door, with so many people looking for jobs nowadays, it’s hard to even get your resume read. However, with a few tweaks to your resume and having the right skills, you can get hired quickly.
Here are 10 tips to help you get the job you want:
- What are your career goals – As cliché as it may sound, knowing your career goals is a good way to determine what you want your job to be. Ask yourself, “Where do I see myself in 5 years?”
- Identify your skill set – Identify the skills that employers want to see, such as dependable, can handle responsibility, strong work ethic, manages time well, etc. However, don’t just write down any skill, only mention the skills that you know you have. For instance, don’t mention that you’re well-organized if you’re really not.
- Write a killer resume – The only way someone is going to look at your resume is if it stands out. For that to happen, you must have a well-designed coherent resume. Make sure it flows easily, it’s easy to understand, and it showcases all your skills. Remember to be brief but detailed and list all of your accomplishments.
- Be honest – Honesty is key when it comes to getting a new job. Did you know thatover 40% of resumes contain false or tweaked information? You don’t want to be part of that 40%. If the hiring manager finds out that you lied on your resume and they gave you a job, you could be terminated.
- Understand the job – Sometimes you get so wrapped up into finding a job that you fail to read the full job description. Knowing what is being offered will stop you from wasting your time when you’re looking for and being considered for a job. If you are unsure what something means, just ask.
- Use a recruiter – A great way to get a job quickly is to get the help of recruiter. A recruiter is paid by the hiring company, which means it’s free for you. A recruiter will help you fine-tune your resume and find the perfect job for you based on your career goals and unique skills.
- Use social media – As weird as it may sound, social media can help you find a job. Many people are using Linkedin to find a job nowadays since there are so many postings that show up on the site. Also, it’s a great place where you can meet recruiters, business owners and anyone that may be looking for potential candidates. According to a 2012 Social Job Seeker Survey, 38% of job seekers use LinkedIn to help find work. Also, change your Linkedin introduction to say that you are currently looking for a job.
- Go to Networking events – Attending local networking events or job expos are a great way to get hired quickly. Your local Chamber of Commerce typically has a monthly networking event, or you can just search for events in your area and something should pop up. Also, you can check to see if there are events within your preferred industry.
- Use job search websites – Websites such as Indeed.com, Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com usually have the latest jobs available in your area.
- Ask around – Your friends and acquaintances are sometimes the best people to talk to when it comes to a job search. They may know of a company looking for candidates, or their companies may be looking for someone like you to hire.
Using a staffing agency can help you in your job search. With the large number of companies that staffing agencies work with, they can usually find the right match quickly. To get better acquainted with how a staffing agency can help you, we created an in-depth eGuide. It addresses the questions of why you should use a staffing agency and how to get started.