Searching for a new job can be a little tedious, but there are tips and tricks to help find your way around it. Follow these to expedite your job hunt and to make the process a little less troublesome:
Improve your social presence
When was the last time you worked on your LinkedIn profile or updated your resume on job sites? Has it been untouched from the past 6 months or so? Well it’s time to bring it up to code, even if there is just a minor accomplishment to be added, do it!
Your LinkedIn profile and resume should be able to showcase your achievements and projects aptly. They have the power to influence the decision of the recruiters going through them. Companies these days pay ample amount of attention to your public profiles and you don’t want to ruin the impression despite of having all the right skills!
So don’t lag behind on this, update your skills and projects in a clean, informative manner. Don’t forget the keywords, most recruiters don’t have time to go through your whole profile in detail, this is where the keywords come in handy. Also, these keywords are easily picked up by application tracking tools, if the company happens to use one. Make sure to regularly check your LinkedIn for any Inmails from recruiters or prospective employers.
Talk about it with your peers- Ask for help
Don’t hesitate to talk to about your job hunt with your friends, acquaintances or close colleagues. They might have information on various opportunities, in or outside their own company. Remember to not put your situation out there abruptly, because pushing it will put them in the spot and make them reluctant to help. Discuss it subtly and request them to notify you if anything helpful comes up.
Most companies generally have good referral policies, and referring you into their own organization might be a quid pro quo for your friend as well, making both parties happy!
Make new connections or restore old ones
You must have often heard that networking is key, that’s because it is. Spend some time networking with relevant people on LinkedIn or twitter. Get in touch with your former colleagues or acquaintances or superficial connections that might be able to help you with your search.
Follow company pages to know of any new job postings and connect with HRs of companies you are interested in, send them Inmails to discuss openings at their organization. But remember to not be perceived as desperate, be confident in your approach.
Quash out technical weaknesses – Prepare
Make sure you thoroughly go through your resume and run through your past projects and accomplishments. Be fully prepared at the time of your interview, don’t wait for an interview to be scheduled with a company and then get to your preparation. Prepare in prior, so that you are interview-ready and do not end up delaying the process when a company gets in touch with you.
Research and plan – don’t apply extensively
When approaching or interviewing with a company you’ll need to be proactive, make sure you have gone through their website and their product comprehensively and are aware of all important aspects. Not only does it give a good first impression but it also saves time.
You’ll need to do a considerable amount of research and map out the companies you would want to work for or the role that interests you. Applying extensively will not help your case, as you’ll be wasting time in interviewing for companies you aren’t genuinely interested to work with.
Go for a face-to-face meeting if you have an option
You might feel lazy and would want to opt for a telephonic discussion rather than a face-to-face meeting but that just elongates the whole process and since we are talking about shortening your job hunt, a face-to-face meeting is always the best option. Of course you can have a small phone discussion with the HR at the company to understand the role a little better or to clear out any query that you might have before saying yes to an F2F meet. But F2F interviews leave a more lasting impression and we see more conversions happening when the interviewer and the candidate meet in person contrary to a telephonic or a Skype call. Infact, be the first one to ask them if an F2F meet in possible.
Send Follow-up and Thank you emails
Sending thank you emails to the interviewers post the interview is always a good gesture. Tell them how the interview has been a good learning, and don’t hold back incase you have a question that you couldn’t hit up at the time of the interview. This conveys the fact that you are genuinely interested in the role and are a serious candidate.
Follow-up emails have a similar impact. If the recruiter/interviewer hasn’t gotten back to you with the results, make sure you email them enquiring about the same. Don’t bombard them with emails but don’t hold back either. The better way would be to politely ask about the timeline of the result towards the end of the interview.
Seek out objective feedback on your resume and interview performance, even if rejected. At first it may seem a little embarrassing and you might be skeptical about approaching someone after they’ve rejected your candidature. But remember that interviewers take umpteen interviews and asking them for a productive feedback will give them an impression that you’re a learner and might even get them to reconsider their decision (in rare cases of course).
Bonus Advice :-
- Documenting your accomplishments at work on a daily basis, so you don’t forget about them.
- Register on job boards.
- Practice talking about your skills and accomplishments.