Looking for a new job can be a stressful and traumatic experience. Technological advancement along with the constantly shifting employment market are undoubtedly to blame and have significantly changed the job hunting process, resulting in this negative experience. The good news is that if you get on top of the new techniques and trends, your job search won’t be such a headache! Here are 3 things to consider when looking for a new job:
1. Take advantage of your mobile devices
Jobseekers now have the ability to download recruitment applications and apply directly from their mobile devices. The number of employers developing mobile recruitment strategies is increasing trying to meet the demands of a more efficient way for job seekers to apply for new opportunities.
To make the most of mobile searching be sure to make your resume compatible for this medium, this includes reducing its size, being aware of formatting issues, and ensure it is available in multiple file types.
Actively search for mobile hunting applications, some examples include LinkedIn and Seek and sign up to their alert systems this way you are informed via email or text when a job appears that meets your criteria.
Finally don’t forget to sync your email to your mobile devices, this way you can receive job alert emails on the go and can respond in a timely fashion.
2. Apply a human element to your job applications
Don’t let your technical skills outshine your soft skills. Every job requires some form of communication and organizational attributes which are just as imperative as your technical skills. Don’t forget that your soft skills also give a more human element to your application; be sure to include these in your direct communication with the employer, whether this is through your cover letter, email responses or in interviews when answering questions.
3. Audit and build your online presence
Get ahead in your job search by having a strong online presence. Firstly it’s important to audit your online presence. Think about what you are actively using and what you are not (but probably should be). Separate your private life from your professional life by activating your privacy settings. Build your online presence by creating/updating your LinkedIn profile and actively participating to build your networks, or create your own personal website with samples of your work and a link to your resume.
These days you simply won’t be hired unless you can be found online with 93% of recruiters vetting candidates by their online presence it’s only to your detriment to be invisible. Likewise you will also miss out on opportunities if you are online presence is un-compelling.