So you’ve decided to look for a new job? It can be a chance to change your entire career or further the one you’ve been building. It can also be a way to get your foot on the career ladder. Whatever the case, there are some basic job hunting tips that people tend to overlook.
Sell your skills
The chances are that you’ve spent years building your skills or worked hard for your grades and degree. Be sure to show these off! If you’re applying to a larger company, then the chances are your application will be screened by a computer system. This means your qualifications need to be clear. It can also be important to make it clear why you are a good fit for the job so that anyone in HR can see you’re a brilliant fit – even if they don’t know all the lingo.
Don’t just look online
Sure, there are plenty of jobs online, but that’s not the only place that people advertise their positions. Some people rely on people walking into the companies and handing out their resume while others advertise their jobs in local newspapers or on flyers in the window. It all depends on the type of role you are looking for and the size of the company. Plus, it sometimes helps to know someone on the inside.
Remember to update your resume
Just because you have written your resume once, doesn’t mean that it has to stay that way. It’s not a tattoo, so be sure to update that bad boy every now and then! This could be by making it more unique to each company you are applying for or merely making sure that your resume is up to date with all your current qualifications and job roles, including your responsibilities within your current position.
Make yourself sound fun
This might sound easier said than done, but hear us out. Yes, you might think that you need to look professional and polished at every turn, but that can quickly come across as being boring. As if that wasn’t enough, practicing all your interview questions and perfect answers can make you come across as rehearsed and ungenuine. Show a little of your personality without making things too friendly. Memorable candidates are often the ones that are the most relatable.
Remember you ‘thank yous’
This might sound simple, but it can be surprising how far a simple “thank you” goes when applying for a job. Perhaps they have emailed to say they’ve received your application? Maybe you’ve made it in for an interview, and they said they will be in contact with their decision? Whatever the case, people usually appreciate a little thanks for their time. A simple email can go a long way – and help you to stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. However, make sure that you make your “thank you” personal to the company or the person who has interviewed you to make it seem genuine.
Looking for a job can be a fun and exciting time in our lives. After all, it might not be long before we’re moving onto the next biggest thing in your life. While many of us don’t know how to sell our skills and feel a little uncomfortable bigging ourselves up, we’ve worked hard, and it’s time to show off a little.