Tips for Getting a New Career Opportunity
Make sure you know the title of the position (ex. Accountant) you are seeking and your resume is tailored to that job posting with all of your skills and experience.
Create Applicant Tracking System (online application) friendly resume that includes: Skills and experience, keep it basic in text, font, layout and design.
Provide all contact information including name, current, address, phone number and email address.
Make sure employers know what job you want.
Provide employer names, employment dates ,job duties, education, certification and volunteer or relevant organization information.
The more symbols, lines, fancy formatting the less it will feed into an online application and the more work it will be.
Use keywords such as accounting, electrician, manager, etc. consistently throughout the resume.
Create your LinkedIn profile updated current to match your resume exactly with dates and information as many employers check that with the resume. Keep a professional photo on your profile.
Check your spam folder every day as the online application systems sometimes go to junk mail folders.
Save your resume as a pdf file format so it cannot be changed.
Review your resume and have someone else review it for any revisions and keep it updated.
Post it online on sites such as Indeed, Monster, CareerLink, CareerBuilder, Ziprecruiter, Glassdoor, etc.
Let people know you are looking at events, on LinkedIn and ask for referrals from friends to their employers, attend webinars and free certifications, join groups, etc.
Create a 30 second talk about yourself/your story, the type of position you are seeking and your skills. Practice, Memorize and Record yourself to perfect it.
Attend free online and in person trainings, events, podcasts or webinars consistently.
Connect with Recruiters online and at events.
Create a jobhunting spreadsheet to track the name of organizations you applied to, sites, contacts, benefits, pay, follow up and rate them for ROI on their efforts.
Utilize a Strategy For Searching – different sites, techniques, groups, contacts and ways of searching.
Keep in touch with previous employers, colleges, high school, professional organizations, groups ex. Alumni Group or with co-workers of jobs you left and are eligible for rehire.
Attend networking events, online and in person to make new connections, join groups.
Volunteer at different events, non-profits, to meet and connect with new people while gaining skills to keep you motivated and learning.
Take a college course or certification either online or in person to enhance your skills and keep them up with new trends, data and skills.