A few weeks ago I asked 6 experts and prolific bloggers in the career resource/recruiting industry a simple question:
“What are your top 3 useful tips that a job seeker would need in 2014 to land a job?”
I was looking for a straight forward approach for job-seekers in actually acquiring the dream job they have been longing for. As a fairly new blogger in the career resources industry, I wanted to hear perspectives straight from experts to see what their top tips were to stand out amongst the sea of prospective applicants.
Dan Schawbel – @DanSchawbel
- In 2014, job seekers must create both an online presence and a resume that proves their value through results.
- Employers are much slower to hire this year than in years past and aren’t taking any risks.
- It’s important to have hard evidence that you can not only do the job better than anyone else, but that you have a proven track record of success.
Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself.
Steven Rothberg – @StevenRothberg
- Provide metrics for your accomplishments. Don’t just say that you saved your previous employer money or made them more money. Quantify it.
- Don’t apply to every job which moves. Apply better to fewer jobs by networking, researching, and following up.
- Ask your current or previous employer not just for a reference but also a referral. If you’ve done great work for them and they just don’t have the right opportunity for you, they’ll be happy to help you further your career. We just hired a sales person who did just that.
Steven Rothberg is the President and Founder of College Recruiter, which has been elected by WEDDLE’s as a Top Job Board.
Erin Kennedy – @ErinKennedyCPRW
- Stay ahead of the game. If you think you might want to start looking for a job in 2014, be prepared! Dust off your resume and have it updated. If you haven’t updated it with your current info, do so now.If an opportunity comes up, you don’t want to be without one and have that opportunity pass you by.
- Clean up your online profiles. If you have several online profiles that you use, make sure you have information on there that is appropriate. With over 85% of employers checking social media profiles, you better not have anything on there that would make someone think, “We definitely do NOT want him/her working for our company.”Put a nice picture up and make sure your statuses are employer-worthy.
- Use your LinkedIn network. I love LinkedIn. I tout its powers to all of our clients. It is a wonderful networking tool. By reaching out to contacts, you expand your network—and become more visible to 2nd and 3rd connections who might be looking for someone like you.You can research companies that interest you and check out the employees that work there.You might even realize you know someone who works there. They have a huge selection of “groups” you can join that will put you in touch with people who are looking for candidates like you. The benefits of using LinkedIn are enormous. Start seeing it as one of your most valuable job search tools!
Gain more insight from Erin Kennedy and her Forbes-rated company that employs some of the best resume writers at Exclusive-Executive-Resumes.com.
Jessica Hernandez – @GreatResume
- Create A Network. If you haven’t tried playing around with LinkedIn and Twitter until 2014, it’s about that time to buckle down and become proactive.Start creating a network utilizing social communities and become an active part of your network. You never know what kind of opportunities may arise from connections you’ve made and professional relationships you’ve started.
- Cultivate Your Network. After you have begun networking, start cultivating your network of social communities and begin to establish meaningful relationships. Reach out and touch base with the network, keep in contact, and develop a great rapport.Your professional network has a better chance of helping you find a great job than any other avenue you will utilize in your job search.The entire intent of the social network is to make connections and build relationships.
- Don’t Just Click APPLY. Productive job searching is much more than staying on job boards clicking the quick APPLY all day. Tens of thousands of other people—many who are not even remotely qualified for the prospective position—are flooding employers’ in-boxes and applicant tracking software with their resumes and online applications.Essentially, this is polluting the space and it makes it pretty difficult to stand out in a stack of xx,xxx other people.Take a step further… see who, in your network, may be connected with the organization, and then research who the hiring manager is, get a name, make a call, and even snail mail your resume if you have to—think outside the typical and comfortable job board box. Use it as a basic tool to locate a position of interest, and then commit to going the extra mile to get your foot in the door.
Connect with Jessica Hernandez for some additional help with resume advice at GreatResumesFast.com.
Jeff Lipschultz – @JLipschultz
- Job seekers should leverage the power of the Internet: research companies using LinkedIn or Google; monitor job posting aggregators like Indeed; join online networking groups specific to your industry along with LinkedIn and Meetup Groups.
- Always grow your network. Don’t pass up opportunities to meet new people, regardless of function (social, business, religious, etc.). As you meet people and build relationships, let them know you’re looking for a new job. They might have one, but someone they know might.
- Recruiters can be leveraged, but you have to pick the right ones. Look at their company Web site to understand the types of jobs they work on filling. Don’t apply for ones you’re not qualified for–they won’t pay attention to you unless you’re qualified.
Jeff Lipschultz enjoys blogging about the challenges of the candidate search process from all perspectives.
Harry Urschel – @eExecutives
- The most critical job search skill in today’s job market is to shift from spending the majority of time pursuing job postings to pursuing companies that are of interest whether there’s an appropriate position posted or not.
- Once a job is posted online, you have a great deal of competition. If you’re networking and find out about a position before it’s posted, you have little or no competition.
- Networking is more important for an effective job search than ever before. Spend your time talking to people rather than in front of a computer screen!
Harry Urschel is an Executive Recruiter, Job Search Coach, and Writer with 20+ years of career development experience. Find out more of his tips and resources at The Wise Job Search.
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