I wrote about job search resolutions last week so it’s only fitting to share an article about securing your new job. Alesia Benedict from GetInterviews.com shares 4 steps to securing your new job.
Before I jump into those tips I want to reiterate my own tips. There are obviously more than four but if I had to narrow it down I would urge everyone to:
1. Expand your skill set. Whether it be through volunteering, a part time job or night classes at your local high school, it always helps to add new skills to your resume, especially if you’ve been unemployed for a length of time.
2. Network. You never know who may have a lead for you. The more leads the better!
3. Manage your cover letters and resumes. There is no sense in having one version of each. Every job is different and so is every interview. SO, if the previous is true, why would you always put the same foot forward? Have fun and change up what skills you will highlight for each job.
4. Always ask for feedback. This can either come in the form of constructive criticisms from an interview that didn’t go well, pointers from a recruiter, or a resume make-over from an agency.
So, let’s see what Alesia has to say:
1. Focus on Accomplishments: A strong resume highlights accomplishments. It can be easy to forget achievements if you have not included them in past resumes or kept a separate file. Build your confidence by brainstorming positive results you achieved in past positions.
2. Target your Industry: The target for your job search may be different from what you have done in the past. As a result, you may have a broad range of skills or a diverse professional background. This can be a strength or a detriment, depending on how you present yourself. Research basic skills expected for a candidate in the position in which you are interested. Then expand to the next level by identifying qualities that define an outstanding professional in your target field. Next begin matching your work history with the basic and expanded skills in the new industry.
Look for common skills in your background that will be an asset in the industry where you are currently targeting your efforts. Re-frame your wide-ranging experience as strengths rather than a lack of focus or inconsistency in job history. Finding that common thread will provide insight into your values, and believe it or not, employers are definitely interested in candidates who share their values in support of the corporate mission.
3. Keywords: Keywords are critical in any job search today; not only for capturing the attention of hiring managers, but also in rising to the top of electronic searches. Translate your skills into just a few buzz words that are likely to get attention. Use powerful language in your resume by selecting descriptors that capture your strengths!
Research companies of interest to you. Most corporate websites will include a mission statement, and perhaps a description of their community involvement. Not only can you mirror the language of the vision statement in your own resume and cover letter, but you may also discover opportunities to network informally with staffers and executives involved in community campaigns.
4. Practice your Attitude: Job searches are challenging and can wear down the most positive of attitudes. Change is difficult, but don’t let it get you down. Pessimism never landed anyone a job! You never know who you may bump into in the corporate lobby or on the way to HR. Everyone in the corporate environment is a potential advocate for you in the hiring game! Project enthusiasm into your networking and resume.
What did you do today?