Often Overlooked Job Search Tips

Today’s job search is far different from the job search of previous generations. The digital-first application process means that what   once worked for our parents might not work for today’s job seekers. While it seems that today’s job seekers have it tougher than those before them, we might actually be making it more difficult on ourselves.

Job advice is seemingly everywhere these days – from your friends, parents and all corners of the Internet. Figuring out what applies to your career and life may be a job in and of itself. Since there is so much advice available, it is easy to become overwhelmed and overlook some of the best advice.

Often times, the best advice is the simplest. Take it from our friends over at The Muse. They came up with a few timeless, but often overlooked job search tips that will help make your process a little easier.

Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications

While most companies have their open job applications on their website, or other job boards, some of the best applicants come from other sources. That does not mean that companies will still use paper applications, as that takes time and money. If there is a company that you want to work at, consider reaching out to current employees for informational interviews. Even if there isn’t an opening at the time, you never know when one will open up. By conducting informational interviews, when that job does open up, you may be referred to the position and find yourself further along the interview process than by applying blindly.

Your Resume Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

If you haven’t had much luck with your job search, a simple resume change may make all the difference. You should already be changing your resume for each job you apply to, but you can also make formatting changes to stand out. Luckily, you are not locked into the same resume throughout your job search, or even your career. As you learn new skills and take on more responsibility, your resume should reflect that.

Be Active on LinkedIn

If you aren’t on LinkedIn for career advancement, not to mention your job search, what are you doing? If you aren’t on LinkedIn, you essentially do not exist in the eyes of recruiters. More than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, so by not having an account you miss out on tons of potential opportunities. That said, simply having an account is not enough. Your profile should be considered a living version of your resume, so it should be updated pretty regularly. An active LinkedIn profile can be a pivotal part of your job search.

Thank You Notes Matter

A thank you note can make all the difference in your job search. If you are neck and neck with another candidate with similar skill sets and both had productive interviews, but you opt to send a thoughtful thank you note while the other candidate doesn’t, guess who is more likely to get the offer? You.

Sending timely, thoughtful thank you notes can not only work in your favor for the job search, but it will also leave a good impression on the people you interviewed with and can open doors to future opportunities. So, take the time to go above and beyond and craft those thank you notes.

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