Having a plan in place as you launch your job search can mean the difference between spinning your wheels and landing that dream job. If you are willing to put in the work you can shorten the time it takes to land that next job. Here are 7 tips to help you.
1. Have a clean elevator pitch ready to go. This should be a short 20 to 30 second summary of your expertise, the value you bring and a call to action that will be easily understood by networking contacts.
2. Have your LinkedIn profile 100% complete. A complete profile will improve your chances of being found by recruiters and hiring managers; as well as provide a professional marketing platform for your job search. Remember to offer recommendations first before asking for them. Expand your network contacts by looking for past managers and co-workers.
3. Be sure your online identity is working for you. Do a Google or Dogpile search on your name to see if there is any digital dirt. If there is digital dirt that needs cleaning up, Reputation.com may be able to help.
4. Leverage social media sites. Use Twitter to conduct company research, build your brand and forge relationships with contacts inside your target companies. LinkedIn Groups are also a good place to build strategic relationships.
5. Use aggregators to research job openings. Job aggregators like www.simplyhired.com and www.indeed.com are vertical job-search engines that consolidate job postings from general job boards, niche job boards, company websites and online newspapers.
6. Get your resume hand-delivered. Make a point of having your resume hand-delivered to the hiring manager by an internal contact who knows, likes and trusts you. Do this even if you post your resume to the company’s website.
To be successful in today’s job market it is critical to have a tactical plan in place. Follow these tips and you are likely to spend less time obtaining your target job. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.