9 Job Search Strategies

  1.  Apply to jobs by making connections.  “Your goal should be to speak with someone before applying so that you can send your application directly to a person—not through an automated system that prompts you from an organization’s website….” –  Avery Blank
  2. Skills and personality are equally important.  “What they taught you at the college career center is true: You must be good at what you do and be able to showcase your credentials to an employer. But you need much more than that. If you really want to get ahead, you’ve got to know how to impact and influence people, navigate relationship dynamics, and add value far beyond what’s detailed in the job description.” – Melody Wilding
  3. Don’t stay at one company too long.  “… if you don’t have room to grow, don’t waste too many years in one place in one role; keep your eye on the market and don’t let better opportunities pass you by! Being nimble and jumping is often the name of the success game today.” – Annie Nogg
  4. Negotiate the job offer.  “When I started out, I was told to be grateful for my first job offer. I was instructed not to show disrespect by trying to negotiate. Boy, is that so off-base, particularly for women who face a wage gap. The gender wage gap costs a full-time working woman a lot of money over the course of her career, and it starts with her first job. Always negotiate on principle, especially if you’re a woman.” – Alexandra Dickinson
  5. Don’t apply to every job you see.  “Today, job seekers are much better off targeting specific brands or companies in a more strategic fashion and starting a conversation rather than blanketing the universe with resumes. It will payoff to have the right start to your career in the long run than throwing your hat in the ring for every opportunity that comes along.” – Kelly Poulson
  6. Don’t show up unannounced to meet the hiring manager.  “… showing up unannounced demonstrates a lack of respect for the hiring manager’s time, and puts the person on the spot, forcing them to engage in a conversation they may not be prepared for. It frankly also demonstrates a lack of understanding about modern office etiquette.” – Angela Smith
  7. Don’t always try to follow the straight and narrow.  “The way to your dream career is not always a straight path—what’s important is that you’re traveling in the right direction. In today’s market, you may not land the job of your dreams right away. Use creativity to find a role in an alternative field that’ll help you grow relevant skills and qualifications. It’s perfectly OK, maybe even common, to take a few random turns on the way to your ideal job.” – Ryan Kahn
  8. Send a specific resume for each job to which you apply.  “Gone are the days when you can rely on crafting one perfect resume. Think about it: Are you not a good fit for so many different jobs? Likely you are. And these positions all have different keywords in their job descriptions. So you must customize your resume, or create a new version to fit each job you’re applying for. Keyword optimization is a critical first step to avoid being shut down by an applicant tracking system, too.” – Theresa Merrill
  9. Network.  The odds of getting hired just by applying online are very small.  “What you want to focus on is building relationships with people who work at the company, used to work at the company, or are somehow affiliated with the company. You can do this [by] tapping your network (alumni, friends, family, associations, etc.) or using LinkedIn to identify key people. Remember, it’s not who you know, it’s who knows what you want.” – Antonio Neves

 

Source: Lastoe, Stacey. “9 popular job search tips you should definitely ignore.” Daily Muse, Inc.,  https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-popular-job-search-tips-you-should-definitely-ignore. Accessed 14 November 2017.

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