Run a successful job search in 7 simple steps

Run a successful job search in 7 simple steps
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Run a successful job search in 7 simple steps

When you’re frustrated in a job search it’s tempting to punch the sofa cushions and get mad at recruiters and employers. You will find plenty of job-seekers doing those things. Just because, the traditional corporate and institutional recruiting process are as broken as it can be.

 

Look at this frustrated man in his job search

Still, you have to get a job, so after you get finished beating up on the sofa cushions, whilst using your most colourful curses to describe recruiters and hiring managers, it’s time to spring into action!

Here’s what experts have said are seven keys to a successful job search in today’s competitive environment:

Step 1. Keep your resumé short and condensed.

In preparation for a job search, you dust off your old resume and tack on your most recent job, new skills and training. But without editing or deleting old information, your resume becomes a hodgepodge of outdated accomplishments, awards and skills.  It’s time to declutter your resume.

    • Narrow Your Career Goal: Limiting your resume’s focus or creating more than one version if you have multiple target jobs. It’s best to declutter the resume by targeting one to three industries. This makes it easier to consolidate down to relevant content.
    • Condense Your Opening Summary: Include a qualifications summary near the top of your resume.Use the top third of the page to communicate your most recent experience and your most impressive accomplishments. Get your potential employers attention. Then they will keep reading.”
    • Edit Work Experience: Your resume’s work experience section should provide an overview of your career chronology and a few highlights of key accomplishments for your most recent work experience. For professionals on an established career track, this may mean summarising experience more than 10 to 15 years old into an “early career” section.
    • Consolidate Education: The education section is another area where you can gain space when updating your resume. Although detailed information about internships, courses, academic honours and extracurricular activities can be important for new or recent graduates, professionals with four or more years of experience can omit or greatly condense this information.
    • Select Your Skills: If your resume skills section resembles a laundry list of random terms, you need to do some serious editing. The best resumes are custom-created for a specific opportunity. If you’re targeting your resume, then you don’t need to try to throw in every single skill set that you think might be important.

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Here you will find some great resume templates which might help in your job search

Step 2. Create a portfolio of job search documents.

Want a way to distinguish yourself from the crowd of applicants? Many job seekers are supplementing their resumés with collateral leadership briefs, blogs that establish their robust online professional identity and, among senior-level managers, one-page executive summaries.

Step 3. Consider hiring a coach to perfect your interview skills.

Some open vacancies might have a lot of applicants, who are all in their job search for that perfect role.  You may be an excellent candidate for that specific role, but get it wrong in the interview and you won’t get a second chance.

Some interviews are purposefully difficult. And good employees don’t get much chance to practice their skills or get honest, helpful feedback.

A professional interview coach can do something better than anyone else can – they can identify interview mistakes that are preventing you from getting the job

 

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Step 4. Dive deep into LinkedIn.

Over the past few years, using LinkedIn to find work has gone from a good idea to essential. All too many job candidates fail to fully embrace this tool, especially older job seekers. To maximise the use of LinkedIn, engage more frequently with your LinkedIn networks.

One of the best ways to do this is to actively participate in LinkedIn’s industry and interest groups. Find relevant groups by going to your LinkedIn home page, clicking on the Groups tab and search the “groups you may like” or “groups directory” tabs.

Then join a few groups and post links to interesting articles, participate in discussions and share helpful resources. You will become known as a go-to resource and improve the likelihood that you will get noticed by recruiters, referral sources and hiring managers.

Step 5. Use Twitter and other forms of social media to attract the attention of employers

Employers will move from using external recruiters to an internal hiring process that will depend heavily on identifying prospective employees through their online presence and through referrals from existing employees.

Personal websites, social media presence, development of subject matter expertise and a well-defined personal brand will be the requirements for gaining the attention of prospective employers.

 

Step 6. Use niche job boards for your next job search

General Job Boards like SEEK, Career One, Adzuna are one of the least effective ways to get hired. Most jobs you will find there are posted by recruitment agencies, which all have a high volume of candidates applying for that role. In some cases, the job doesn’t even exist!

It’s generally only worth applying for a position through a job board if your resumé matches 80 to 85 percent of what an employer asks for in a posting.

Job seekers continue to be frustrated by computerised Applicant Tracking Systems that scan applicants’ resumés for keywords. This finding underscores the importance of direct, targeted search with specialised job boards like The Locum Shop as its core component as the most important method for finding a job,

To maximise your chances for success using job boards, focus on smaller, regional and industry-specific job boards.

Step 7. Start your search sooner rather than later:

The hiring process has been growing longer, with more steps and delays between the time people apply for jobs and receive offers.

It helps to approach a search as though you are in sales: keep building your network pipeline, don’t let your momentum flag and expect to hear “no.”

All is not doom and gloom, though. Job search professionals are finding growing demand for healthcare workers and that medical businesses are worrying about losing qualified Healthcare Staff and other key talents. We at The Locum Shop hope they are right!

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