4 Best Job Search Tools
Break away from the pack in your job search by doing things a little differently. The times have changed, but most of the information around has remained the same. I recently heard someone say that they have tried just about everything they can to land a job. In my experience, even after you have heard everything, often it is the approach to the same thing or an alternate use of the same information that makes the difference between the people who land the job and the people who are still looking for their next opportunity.
Here are four (4) of the best tools I have seen – oldies but goodies:
1. Your resume – This faithful and trusty element in your job search never gets old. However, what you put and don’t put on your resume is constantly changing. Why? Because so is the demand for people, the way people in the job market interact and the level of competition.
What can you do to fix that? Get involved in your industry. Find out what styles, elements and information on resumes landed people jobs. Use this to your advantage and add your splash of awesomeness.
2. Your personal brand – Whether you admit it or not, you have a brand. It is your responsibility to hone, develop and communicate your personal brand. Why should people hire you? Are you a great content creator? Do your attention to detail and organizational skills surpass your peers? You need to communicate your personal brand.
Advance your brand by increasing your brand visibility. Create a blog, write an article, network and volunteer. These help you to express your creativity, demonstrate what value you can bring and give more visibility to your brand.
3. Your new friends – Who are ‘new friends’ you ask? Your new connections from your networking. A key part of your professional development is connecting, networking and building strong professional relationships. Your connections become part of your extended team and family that provide support, resources and a source of information to help you advance your job search.
Don’t be afraid to leverage your network and connections to tap into the hidden job market. People often say only 10% of jobs are advertised. Now you get to tap into the next 90% by leveraging your network and connections – your ‘new friends’.
4. Your creativity – Ever since the term ‘guerrilla tactics’ came out, I have been obsessed with it. For me that is a way to think outside the box, get creative and be effective. I have heard so many stories of how people landed their big break by doing something radical and different. I want to caution, that while this may work for some people, there is no one strategy for all here. For this to be effective, you need to do your research. Know your industry, the company you are targeting, the department or team you would be working with and then develop your stand out plan.
Guerrilla tactics do not have to be a billboard saying ‘Hire Me!’ It could be as simple as having your application with a portfolio of your best work hand delivered to the hiring manager and then following up with a coffee invite or call. Use your research plus your creativity to do something that gets the hiring manager’s attention as well as communicates your uniqueness.
Have you really tried everything? Well if you have, now it’s time to try it again…but a little differently.