If you are a veteran just sending out resumes (and wondering why you are not getting any responses), then you are job wishing, not job searching. In today’s job market, sending out a resume and waiting for the phone to ring is not enough. With upwards of a hundred applicants applying for the same job, you have to kick your job search into high gear by implementing these four game changers.
Learn how to play the game
Networking and social media are the winning strategies in this game. Getting a job is as much as about who you know as it is what you know (or have done). If you are unemployed, call in some favors by letting your personal and professional connections know you are job hunting. People that know you and your work ethic can go to bat for you by looking at jobs open in their company.
Social media outlets like LinkedIn and Facebook can work for you or against you, depending on how you have used it. Hiring managers frequently visit social media sites to see what they can find out about you, so make sure everything is positive.
Rise above your competition
In this job market what you have done is not enough – you have to show how well you did those things. Qualify your accomplishments on your resume with measurable data such as percent values (increased sales by 25% in the first year) or dollar amounts (developed a streamlined process saving the company $250,000 the first year).
When answering questions, take your time and produce intelligent responses. Of course, practice answering the commonly asked interview questions so you have canned answers ready, but for questions not asked of you before, think first and then answer.
Have a game plan
Job searching is a job in itself, so organize your time. Know what you are going to do the next day regarding how many resumes you will send out and which contacts you will talk to. Above all, remain positive. Your passion will shine through in your job search and people will take notice. This can only help your chances of landing the job.
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