The year is almost over. The days are getting shorter and your job search feels like it’s dragging. Do you think you need a pick-me-up to help you get through the rest of the year and find your next new job? There are a few ways you can boost your job search and land a great career just in time to ring in 2020. Here are some tips to get you started.
The internet makes it easy to find jobs, but it also makes us a little lazy about how we find jobs. We enter our keywords, pull up the jobs, and click apply. But are we really being discerning about the kinds of jobs we want? Before you even start, consider what you’re really looking for. What kind of company would be a great fit for you? What kind of jobs would make you happy? Then, rather than scrolling mindlessly, be more efficient and effective.
Personalize Your LinkedIn Requests
LinkedIn is the most commonly used professional social media platform, so your presence there is a great idea. But when you connect to others, be sure to send a personalized note along with your request. Don’t just click the button, add a few words about why you’re connecting. Be positive, helpful and genuine in your connections.
Clean Up Social Media
You may also want to take a look at your personal social media. Even when you lock down your security features, there are aspects of any of your profiles that can be seen publicly. For example, employers may find your Twitter account. If you have an unprofessional photo or share things that may be questionable, they could choose to ignore your application. Clean it up and keep it professional. You can also used social media to network and find jobs.
Connect with Your Network
Have you considered reconnecting with people from your professional past? Former coworkers, bosses, or other connections might be very helpful in your current job search. You can reconnect online or send a quick email to talk about getting together for coffee to discuss where you both are in your careers and see how you can help one another.
Refresh Your Cover Letter
While you may be paying more attention to your resume, have you thought much about your cover letter. Some people even skip this step all together, but it’s not advisable. When you submit your resume, even via email, you should include a note that explains who you are, why you’re applying, and why they want to hire you. Each cover letter should be tailored specifically for the job.
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