8 Tips to Make Your Job-Hunting Efforts Worth It

Looking for work can be challenging, frustrating and even discouraging. And, if your search isn’t going as planned, you probably feel like you are spinning your wheels. Get back on track with these strategies.

1. Sign Up for Job Alerts

Rather than spending hours scrolling through the Help Wanted ads, hunt smarter with customized alerts. Most online job boards offer this feature. Simply specify the job title and location along with any keywords. Then, watch as great-fit opportunities automatically appear in your text messages or email. It’s like having your own personal assistant.

2. Apply Only to Positions That Interest You

Although you might find it tempting to try out for many jobs as possible, this isn’t the best plan. Why waste your energy (or a company’s time) on a position you would never accept? Be strategic.

3. Customize Your Application

Today, many organizations use Application Tracking Systems (ATS) to scan resumes. If your application doesn’t contain keywords pulled directly from the job posting, it probably won’t make it past the computer. Of course, reworking your application materials for each position takes time. That’s why you narrowed your focus in tip #2.

4. Optimize Your Resume

Are you wondering how an ATS will rank your resume? Luckily, you don’t have to guess. Search online for web-based resume optimization software. Although most services charge a monthly fee, JobScan and Resunate both offer free trails.

5. Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts

According to a 2018 survey, 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. Even if everything is going along perfectly, a single poor-taste Facebook or Instagram post can destroy your chances.

If you’re not sure what’s OK and what isn’t, check out 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media.

6. Update Your LinkedIn Profile

When hiring managers check your social media accounts, they aren’t just searching for reasons NOT to hire you. They’re also looking for reasons TO hire you. Keeping your LinkedIn account current allows you to highlight additional skills and professional connections that don’t show up on your resume. Be sure to include items such as volunteer work, professional endorsements and links to published work or online portfolios.

7. Use Your Network

Networking continues to be one of the best ways to find a job. Sometimes a connection with the right person is all it takes to move your resume to the top of the pile. Tell your friends, family and acquaintances you are looking for employment. You never know who may be able to help.

8. Partner with a Staffing Agency

Even if you’ve never considered it, a staffing firm can be a fantastic resource. Professional recruiters will review your application materials, match you with best-fit positions and connect you directly to hiring managers. Plus, these services are free for job seekers. (Employment agencies charge companies, not individuals.)

Is Your Job Hunt Driving You Crazy?

The expert recruiters at FirstStaff would be happy to help. We place office professionals and light industrials workers with top companies throughout Arkansas. Learn more about partnering with us today!


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