There is no way around it, to target your job search and land a satisfying job, you will need to do some soul searching and to clarify your skills, classify your most desirable job and /or career aspirations and communicate your unique sets of skills and achievements that resonate with your hiring personnel, managers and interview teams as well as resonate with the Applicant Tracking Systems ( a computer tracking system that searches for key words based on the job). Let’s look at 4 questions that you may want to clarify prior to starting your job search:
1. What type of professional are you? What do you do well? Who can vouch for you that your skills are as wonderful as you think?
a. A Neighbor
b. A Co-worker
c. Your current or previous Supervisor
d. A Church member
Join the Comment Co-op at bit.ly slash comment-coop to allow job seekers who can assist you with your professional visibility.
2. How many professionals make up of your network?
c. Over 100?
You really need more than 100 and about 500+ networkers in LinkedIn to develop a representative sample of the types of professionals that you may need to connect with to develop your job search. Over 83% of all jobs are found via Linked in. Take these instructions and get started:
a. For new LinkedIn users, increase the number of people with whom you are linked to in the following ways:
i. As you enter your e-mail address in your profile summary, state “invites welcome”.
ii. Increase your connections by searching LinkedIn as an open networker in LIONS status. Add LION next to your last name in your profile. This will let networkers know that you are open to receive invitations to link professionally. (LION stands for LinkedIn open networker)
iii. Go to LinkedIn slash signal to see real time updates.
iv. Find worthwhile groups to join by clicking on the Groups Directory in the Groups Menu. Type your “industry specific keyword” such as hospitality or banking and join related groups. After joining, you are able to participate in discussions, share links of interests, comment on others’ posts and develop connections.
3. How about your Twitter contacts? Are you following top companies of interest and searching for jobs?
a. For new Twitter users, develop your professional network in the following ways:
i. Set up your handle as your 1st name and last name at twitter dot com.
ii. Search for related industry via the search tool. Click “follow” when you locate your industry or company of interest.
iii. Look for specific jobs by typing “name of city” and “jobs”.
4. Is your job-winning portfolio prepared? Does it include various types of resumes?
a. Prepare your skills in various resume formats including :
i. Multimedia resumes offered free of charge through visualcv dot com and innovatecv dot com.
ii. Online traditional paper resume can be formatted free of charge at emerse dot com.
iii. Personal website resumes can be formulated free of charge with do you buzz dot com.
Learn more about how to help your resume get picked up on applicant tracking systems at job dash hunt dot org.