Whether you’re a new mother wanting to get back in the workforce, a retiree looking for extra income, or a college graduate ready to look for employment, these 3 job hunting tips in the 21st century will help you succeed in your hunt for the job of your dreams.
#1: Impress With Your Resume
There are basic tools that everyone needs when they are seeking employment. One of the most basic yet crucial ones is your resume. A resume is basically a sheet that names everything you have done, things you know, and skills you have. There are certain factors that can contribute to your resume looking more appealing than other candidates’.
- Keep your resume up-to-date: make sure your contact info is correct, your most recent job experience is on there, etc.
- Make it easy to read: use an easy-to-read, basic font like Times New Roman at a reasonable size, like 12 pt.
- Keep everything on one page: employers don’t have the time to read 2-3 page resumes for each candidate. Keep it short and sweet so they get an idea of who you are and don’t just throw it back into the pile of resumes.
- Use excellent references: a resume is where you want to put down the best references you have. Put the people most likely to talk the best about you. *Make sure they are professional references and not friends or family!
Follow the guide above and you should have a solid resume that will stand out from the crowd!
#2: Use Job Boards/Sites
When you begin your job hunt, it can be confusing to narrow down what sites to use from the plethora of job boards out there. A few good sites include Indeed, Craigslist, and FB Jobs.
Indeed is a website made specifically for people to easily apply to hundreds of jobs. The best thing about Indeed is that you fill out your online resume or attach the document once and then you never have to do it again. Indeed automatically populates everything into each application and all you have to do is hit send.
Craigslist and FB Jobs are less reliable because they are more prone to scammers, but you can still find quality jobs on there. Just remember to never give out your personal information until you meet a potential employer in person.
With the internet being the largest source of information in today’s time, use it to your advantage in your job hunt. Networking is a way to connect with people in the same industry as you. You can use sites like LinkedIn, the social networking platform made specifically for professionals to connect and start conversations. LinkedIn even has a “Jobs” section where you can look for work in your area or remotely.
Connect with professionals in your industry. You never know where a job can come from.