A job search can feel like a race against the clock, and all too often jobseekers busy themselves with the process rather than focusing on the results, says Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart, the leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. Sathe offered his thoughts on four key strategies to shorten a job search – strategies he says many jobseekers fail to use.
“The goal of a job search is to find a job quickly, so rather than getting entrenched in the process, it’s vital that jobseekers focus instead on efficiency,” Sathe said. The RiseSmart CEO offered these four strategies:
- Don’t waste time on job boards. Mindlessly sifting through irrelevant job postings is a time and energy drain. Conversely, job seekers can build momentum by being focused and specific. “Identify keywords and phrases relating to the specific industry, field or job level,” Sathe said. “This will help the jobseeker quickly scan through job postings, only picking out the most relevant.” That focus and specificity can mean a difference between a candidate finding a dream job or wasting another day scrolling.
- Use a professionally written resume. With more and more resumes being screened by computers, it is crucial that job seekers have a well-written, tailored resume. An applicant could be the best candidate for the job, but if their resume is messy or outdated they will often be overlooked. “Using industry and field keywords will help the scanner, human or machine, quickly identify a candidate as qualified for the position and pass them along to the next step of the recruitment process,” suggests Sathe.
- Devise a personal marketing message. Identify the strengths, unique skills and assets that you are marketing to potential employers. Make sure these are in line with the job details of the positions you are seeking. Practice this messaging as if you’re in an interview. “By rehearsing your personal marketing message with a friend, you’re going to be more comfortable answering interview questions that tell the interviewer exactly what he or she wants to hear,” says Sathe. The interview is a key point in a job search. Perfecting your responses ahead of time will get you one step closer to landing that dream job much faster.
- Embrace the available technology. While many people use the web for their job searches, few are knowledgeable about how to effectively use the latest technologies. Social media are increasingly popular for business-related activities; and sites such as LinkedIn have filled an important niche. Using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is a great way for applicants to create a professional online presence and reach out to their connections.
“Jobseekers aren’t the only ones using social media. Companies are also working to build their online presence and often post openings on their social media sites. Connecting with companies via social media can be an effective way to learn about the company and their opportunities,” says Sathe.
Personal websites are another outlet to create a professional online presence. “Creating a website with your bio, your portfolio and your detailed contact information can give recruiters a one-stop shop for learning about your professional life,” suggests Sathe. “Using a personal website along with your social media can ensure that you are completely represented on the web.” Using these technologies will not only save time in areas such as networking, but it allows recruiters to reach out to candidates.
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RiseSmart is the leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. The company leverages a cloud-based technology platform, proven methodologies and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategy, and displaced employees with their career strategy. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing while reducing unemployment insurance taxes and severance costs. RiseSmart has received a wide range of awards and recognition from organizations including Bersin by Deloitte, the Best in Biz, Gartner Inc., the Golden Bridge Awards, LAROCQUE, the Momentum Index, Red Herring, the San Francisco Business Times, SiliconIndia, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, the Stevie Awards and TIE.
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