When looking for job search tips online, there are so many different topics. Some advice is genuinely helpful, but sometimes it can contradictory. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when you are trying to find solid, trustworthy advice.
That is why when you are job searching it is best to stick with the basics. So today we’re going over 5 basic tips that you can use from starting your job search to when you finish your interview.
1. Use keywords that fit the job description
When applying for jobs, your application will usually be screened twice: first by an applicant tracking system, then a human. You’ll need to find a way to get past both the robot and the human in order to reach an interview. The key is to make your application simple, so when an employer asks “What do you bring to the table,” your application can answer it.
Look over the job description and see what they are asking for. If there are key words, make sure you include those in your application. Highlight skills that are necessary for the job and show how you have used them previously.
2. Change up your resume
Adding onto step one, don’t be afraid to edit your resume, LinkedIn profile or other social page. You may have a professional-looking resume, but it might be a good idea to change the wording or bullet points. This is especially true if you are trying to get a particular position and want to be an exact match.
I read an article recently that said “your resume is not a tattoo.” You’re allowed to edit it any way you want that can help give you an advantage in your job search.
3. Don’t stop the job search at the application
You aren’t done after submitting an application, you’ve got to show you want the position. Start connecting with the people who work at the company you applied for. It may seem awkward to email a stranger asking them about the job, but it goes a long way.
You can speak with a potential peer or a recruiter for more info about what it takes to be successful in that position. This may also get people to remember you and even recommend you to the decision maker. Connections can give you an advantage over other people applying for the same job.
4. Make yourself stand out in the interview
You’ve gotten to the interview, now is the time to impress the hiring manager. Many people tend to be formulaic when it comes to this: answering questions correctly, using common phrases, etc. But this is the time to show off yourself and what you are like. You need to find that perfect balance of being both polished and charming. Remember, a memorable, likeable candidate has a better chance of getting farther than a boring, by the book candidate.
We’ve previously covered some good ways on how to stand out in an interview. Click here to get a full list of tips!
5. Don’t forget to say “Thank you”
After your interview, make sure you send a thank you letter or email to the person who interviewed you. It doesn’t have to be long; a short, thoughtful note can actually go a long way. Don’t wait either, make sure you send it in the next 24 hours after your interview. An employer took time to go through this hiring process, then the next day they receive a thank you note for taking the time to interview you. That will mean a lot to them and you’ll stick out in their mind!
It isn’t a common thing to do any more, so it means a lot more now. I have a few thank you emails saved because I thought it was very nice that I received a follow up. It makes me want to help that person get a job and help them advance in their career. It’s an old-school thing to do, but it could be the difference between you and another candidate getting the job.
As I mentioned before, there are a lot of job search articles that will give you tips for everything. However, these are 5 essential pieces of advice to keep in mind that will always work and never change. So make sure to implement any changes and go out there and get the job you want!