Below are 6 useful tips to improve your job search:
1. Review Your Resume
Put yourself in interviewer's shoes and review your resume from an interviewer’s standpoint and honestly ask yourself, would you hire yourself if you were the employer? Does your resume support the requirements of the applied position? Is your resume outdated? If you have a negative answer to any of these questions, than its time to spiff up your resume. You can also ask someone to critique your resume and openly accept their suggestions.
2. Update And Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
A recent survey shows that 93% of employers and recruiters are now turning to LinkedIn to research candidates for their job openings. So, building and maintaining a professional, credible and persuasive LinkedIn profile is a must now. LinkedIn is rapidly becoming a vital tool for job seekers, in all stages of their careers. Your LinkedIn profile must be optimized for your job search success. Use industry-related keywords and skills in your profile and use them often. Join groups pertaining to your industry to learn and contribute to the conversation. Connect with peoples and grow your network.
3. Review Your Online Presence
Review your online presence; look at how you are seen on the Internet. Try using Google to search for your name then review your results, your online "presence", if you will. Ask yourself if it’s the presence that you would like to have. If you are blogging, are the blogs appropriate? Have you written any articles within your industry? It’s important to keep your Internet presence up to date. And remember, a professional image is one way to land a new job.
4. Improve Your Job Search With Social Networking Tools
Twitter: Twitter has a very strong search feature that can help you track down jobs and recruiters. You may or may not be familiar with the hashtag (#) search feature that targets specific tweets on the network. For instance, a search for the term “#itjobs” or “#financejobs” will return the latest tweets (usually from recruiters or agencies) that are hiring in the IT and finance industries respectively. Other useful hashtags are #jobseeker, #hiring or #jobs etc. If you have a LinkedIn profile or any other online portfolio, include a link to it in the bio section of your Twitter profile, so other people can easily learn more about you. You can also follow job boards on twitter.
Linkedin: Join and participate in LinkedIn industry and job search groups and respond to the questions posted on LinkedIn. Answer to demonstrate your professional knowledge and make new connections. Include a short, easy-to-read personal summary in your profile that highlights your accomplishments and details the types of opportunities you are looking for. Don't forget to update your profile, make sure your profile is complete to solidify your personal brand and help your connections.
Facebook: Add yourself as a "fan" of companies that you are interested in working. Many companies, like Ernst & Young, use Facebook to connect with potential job applicants. But remember if you want to use your Facebook account for professional networking, make some changes in your Facebook account to make sure it gives a favorable impression to potential employers.
Apart from these three, there are other available options which you can use to search a best job for yourself.
5. Start Networking:
Networking is an influential strategy in the job search. Meeting and connecting with people in your industry can be really helpful to get your resume to the top of the pile. The majority of mid to senior level positions are mostly filled through networking. So, having the connections on the inside will better your chances of job search success. You can also find a networking event on LinkedIn or on websites like Meetup.com or Eventbrite.com. Simply type in the term “networking” and find a job or hobby-related event in your area.
6. Take A Break:
Sometimes all it takes is a little adjustment for things to click. What you really need is to get away from the stress of job searching. If you can afford, allow yourself to take a week or two off. You will be surprised how your outlook can change. Be open to making some changes in your job search strategy.