Finding employment can be challenging, especially if you are not sure what to do in order to set yourself up for success. These tips can help make finding a job and getting hired easier.
Recreate Your Resume
Sometimes it helps to start from scratch and remake your resume. If you have not made many changes to it since high school or college, chances are that it could use some improvements. Look online for example resumes to get a good idea of how to structure yours. You may notice relevant sections that you do not have, such as software proficiencies, which you would like to add to your own resume. You may also have previous experience listed that is irrelevant to the jobs you are applying to. Start from scratch to get your resume to look perfect.
Research All Companies You Apply To
Many people that do the hiring at companies use techniques to filter out potential candidates. One of those techniques is getting rid of applications that look like they did not do any research about the company they are applying to. If your cover letter looks like a form letter that is not addressed to anybody in particular, it looks like you put zero effort into researching the company.
Consider using your cover letter to say a thing or two about what you like about the company and why you want to work there. Make sure you address the hiring manager by name, rather than use a generic to whom it may concern. Describe why your skills will be a good fit for the company, rather than just listing what you can do. These small details can make a big difference between having your application considered or being thrown away.
Use Social Media To Make Contact
There are many social media sites that specialize in making connections in the business world. It helps to be connected to people that you have previously worked with and build up a network of contact. You may be surprised to find that you have a mutual friend with someone that works that a company you want to apply to, and you can use this to get a professional introduction to help your application stand out better. Many people are hired for jobs based on who they know, so having that extra advantage can go a long way to help with getting hired.
For more information about finding a job, reach out to a job search service.
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