People are changing jobs 10-15 times during their professional careers. With so many people transitioning from job to job, how can you stay ahead of the crowd? 

Every person’s job search strategies are different, but you could streamline your process with these three strategies to get hired faster. 

Online Job Searching

Most people search for jobs online, using general search terms. Specific search terms provide better results. For example, if you are looking for a human resources job, use terms like “human resources coordinator St. Paul” to specify the location you are looking for.

Using specific keywords like above in Google will take you directly to posts from organizations using similar keywords, thanks to Google’s job search platform. 

You may also run into other platforms such as Glassdoor, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. These sites are designed to pull together relevant job ads based on your search terms. 

Some of the platforms allow you to apply directly online or provide you with a link back to the hiring organization’s website. Be sure to have your cover letter and resume up to date before you start applying. 

Referrals and Networking

Searching for a job online is a great tool, but networking and referrals are your bread and butter if you are looking for your dream job. At least 70% of job opportunities aren’t posted on a companies website. In most cases, a company will reach out to staff and ask for referrals if there is a need to fill a role. Networking is hands-down the best way to obtain information, get advice, and potentially a referral. The key is to develop and maintain your network actively. 

Some ways to do that are: 

  • Frequently attend networking events. 
  • Volunteer. Getting involved in any charitable organization can be beneficial. 
  • Work the social networking sites. LinkedIn, Facebook, and message boards can help raise your professional profile. 

One of the biggest mistakes many job seekers make is not asking for help from their network. People generally like to help, so let them! 

Social Media Platforms

LinkedIn is the PREMIER social media platform for professionals. It’s not just for connecting with people and companies worldwide; many organizations post jobs. 

Companies also post job opportunities on Facebook and Twitter, making it easy for you to “follow” any specific company you want to receive notifications from. 

Using social channels in your job search strategies is great. Just remember to make your profiles on each platform consistent, up to date, and portray a professional image. 

Follow these tips:

  • Use your real name
  • Only use professional images across all platforms. 
  • Remove all posts or images that are inappropriate or unprofessional. 
  • “Market” yourself. You want people to see who you are, what you do, and your career path. 

When job searching, you shouldn’t rule out any method, especially when finding your dream job. Remain open to all techniques and cast a wide net to increase your chances of getting hired.  

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