As if the previous year wasn’t challenging enough, 2016 is going to present a whole new level of stiff competition for job seekers. You cannot simply get your dream job by using your “standard resume” and referring to popular job sites for lucrative opportunities. The need of the hour is to double your efforts and go with the trend.
We have compiled a few tips that should help you to stay at par, if not ahead, of the competition this year. Plus, you can get the most out of your job seeking efforts with these tips. Read on.
Leverage Social Media
Personal branding has become more of a necessity than a preference. Recruiters perform a background check based on a person’s social profile and the way he or she interacts on social media. Plus, you can find potential recruiters on social media. If you are really lucky, then you might even come across CEOs and head honchos. It’s time to clean up your profile and become active on social media.
Manage Your Time Properly
Just because you are desperate for a job doesn’t mean that you have to spend all of your time on it. This will only tire you out and with increasing rejections, you will get frustrated faster. There are other things that you need to concentrate on. It is important that you take time out to relax because this is what refreshes the mind. A stressed out mind will not prove to be helpful when it comes to searching and applying for the right job. Plus, you need to maintain proper work-life balance in addition to your job search.
Networking Can Give You the Edge
Networking doesn’t always have to be online. There is always the good old personal interaction which can prove to be warmer and friendlier than a text message. You would be surprised to know the opportunities that you can discover over a coffee or a nice chat if you are conversing online.
Rise in Volunteering
If you are planning on breaking into a new industry or adding relevant experience to your resume, then consider volunteering. The only catch to volunteering in the corporate sector is that companies may not advertise such opportunities. In order to find out such opportunities, you need to get in touch with the companies where you would like to work. If you are lucky, then you might get to be a volunteer at your preferred organization. Plus, this will definitely add value to your resume.
Size Down Your Options
Just because you are in need of a better work profile, you cannot focus on all the opportunities that are offered. Shortlist the opportunities or companies that really interest you and then focus all of your efforts to get selected in any of them. Trust me, this will make your task easier and hassle-free.
Resume Success Mantra – Create, Customize and Captivate
Create, customize and captivate – these are the three steps to create a stunning resume. First create a resume with all the information that you have. Then customize it to suit the job opportunity where you wish to send an application. Check everything to make sure that all the elements in the resume have been optimized to captivate. Only then will you be able to get the attention of the recruiters.