If you’re considering a career transition it’s important to note that the unemployment rate is the lowest since the late 1960’s and many individuals have expressed that finding a new job can be challenging and frustrating, particularly in niche career fields. For those who work in a high-demand industry such as manufacturing (machinists, welders, engineers), healthcare, robotics, etc. they are fortunate to find positions quickly.
You can make the job search a bit easier on yourself if you use proactive strategies for finding a new job. Below are some of our best tips for finding a new job at any career level
Assess and define your brand
Before starting your job search, conduct a self-assessment in determining your career direction and what you enjoy doing. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you want in a job? In addition, building your brand means showcasing your expertise online. Most recruiters and employers use LinkedIn as their primary search tool.
Research your target companies
Once you know what job you want, it’s time to research the companies you want to work for. This research goes beyond reviewing the company’s website. The best way to learn about a company is to find people who work there and talk with them.
Tailor your resume for each job opening
Your resume is the way to get your foot in the door. However, your resume should align with each job opening that you apply.
Build your network of contacts
Hopefully you’ve built a strong network of connections before you need a job. A recent Jobvite survey stated that 60% of employers’ best candidates are found through referrals. Don't be afraid to ask for introductions or referrals to potential contacts.
Don’t limit yourself to online applications
Submitting your resume and application through online portals limits yourself. Most of the time your resume ends up in the black hole. Recruiters are inundated with resumes. Instead, reach out to hiring managers directly through a phone call and email. Get out of your comfort zone and reach out to people who work at companies that you’re targeting. Be creative and find ways to stand out from the other applicants.
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