Mar 04, 2019 - 01:19 PM
The way to get a job is:
- Research your options.
- Focus your efforts on good matches.
- Spend the majority of your job search time on high-value activities (such as networking).
- Have a complete marketing strategy for yourself, which is anchored by a good resume.
- Exceed expectations when employers meet you in person.
- Personalize communication with employers.
- Follow up.
Underlying all this is something you have heard many times before: you need to know your value. What that means is being able to articulate your accomplishments so that they are relevant to the specific needs of the employer. Your orientation needs to be "what’s in it for them?" and not "what’s in it for me?"
Using your job search time effectively is also critical. Automated resume builders and cover letter builders, receiving regular job alerts, and browser extensions that help you prefill job applications are all excellent time savers, and can keep your job search from getting bogged down with tedious, repetitive tasks.
And, don’t procrastinate. The goal of submitting an application and a resume is to get that all important first interview. Many job postings expire or get inundated with applications after only a few days. Be in a position to strike early and quickly.