Proactive Job Search Tips
Ensure That You Network Every Single Week
"It's not what you know, it's who you know," is a very true adage. In most cases, a colleague or friend won’t be in a position to get you a job that you aren’t qualified for. However, they might be in a place to get you an interview when your specific resume would probably have been overlooked.
Every activity you do that involves speaking to other people concerning your job search is basically networking, regardless if it’s a formal networking event, coffee with a recruiter, or simply lunch with a former co-worker. Some people are a bit apprehensive when it comes to networking. Like anything in life, however, it becomes easier the more you do it.
Schedule Time for Follow-Ups
Regardless if you’re following up with a particular colleague you met during networking or inquiring about your submitted job application, these intimidating tasks usually get easily forgotten as you prioritize your time. By fixing them into your weekly agenda, it will make sure that you spare enough time to close the circle with different activities that you’ve begun.
Update All Your Social Networking Profiles
For those who’ve taken their time to grow their LinkedIn profile, logging in at least once a week is essential, but preferably more often. On LinkedIn, different groups provide never-ending conversations on various topics, such as looking for a job and even news relevant to your specific field. By following companies, you can discern trends pertinent to their hiring seasons.
You need to update your information regularly since a fully developed profile can allow hiring managers and recruiters to search for you. What’s more, LinkedIn also allows job seekers to be more proactive while searching for jobs and even to reach out to their recruiters.
Create Your Brand
Generally, the candidate who shows up in an interview or job fair knowing very well what they can offer has a remarkable edge compared to a different candidate who’s still piecing things together. Spend some time creating a branding statement, engaging in activities that support your specific brand, and printing your business cards.
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