Most, if not all, job seekers at some point experience increased levels of frustration in their job search. It is easy to understand and it can be justified to blame the complex and complicated process of finding a job. It’s difficult to improve efficiency and speed up the process. Loosely explained, efficiency is given via input and expressed as a percentage. The question before job seekers is whether they will get the expected results based on the time and effort they put into their job search. In most cases, the answer is disappointing. What can be done to increase efficiency?
In the world of investments, the most important success factor is knowing the correct allocation of the asset classes. Translated into the field of job search, this means knowing how much time and energy has to be spent on various job search activities.
Networking with people is by far the most effective job search. 60 to 80 percent of people get their jobs through networking. That’s why job seekers should spend their time doing it. For many, networking is difficult and uncomfortable. And for those who don’t know how to use it effectively, networking is a frustrating task with little results. For others, networking is a given, and getting leads and referrals is just a continuation of what they’ve been doing all their lives – and not just when they need a job.
Applying online is also an important aspect of the job search. Of course, you can’t expect to win the lottery without buying a ticket. You also have to apply for a position in order to be considered. On the one hand, online job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder sound appealing. On the flip side, sending an endless number of résumés into the resumes black hole can be a great way to add to your frustration and waste your time. A better way is to search SimplyHired or Indeed using specific keywords that you’re interested in and jobs that you’re open to. The best tool is LinkedIn, where you can see exactly who posted a job and who you might know at that company. This allows you to make your application more strategic.
Additional advice to increase your efficiency and your success rate
- Be specific on your resume. Applicant tracking software searches for specific keywords.
- Customize your resume to match the position you are applying for. Rewrite your résumé to show exactly how your expertise solves the hiring manager’s problems.
- Use the target company’s language as much as possible. In other words, your actual words must match many of the words in the employer’s job description. Cut out the employer’s language from the job description and include it on your resume.
- Make your resume reviewer have no patience with less than perfect resumes as there are thousands of other applicants who can submit perfect resumes. Grammar and spelling count. Fonts, formatting as well as tabs and columns in a row count. Regarding this formatting problem, it’s better to deformat the resume, reset everything to the left, and not use any special symbols or software-specific indentation (e.g. in the bullets you read here!) – instead, opt for simple hyphens and to decide word ranges to delineate your displayed performance lists in your job history.
A few tips for the frustrated job seeker first appeared on the Personal Branding Blog – Outstanding in Your Career.