Turnover is a major issue in many industries. If you’re not in the lucky percentage of people able to hold long-term tenures, it’s important that you refine your job hunting skills. Job hunting in 2018 is about much more than just sending out your resume.
Job hunting can often turn into a long, arduous process in which you have to battle feelings of self-doubt in addition to continuing your fight to get a job. Fortunately, by applying some techniques and principles to your job hunting routine, you can make the process easier on yourself. Use these four tips to help you refine your job hunting process!
1. Conduct A Self-Assessment
One of the most frequent errors that people make when starting their job hunt is failing to give themselves a critical assessment. Learning about yourself will help make your job hunt easier. It’s also important to identify your weaknesses before your employers do.
By finding out what you’re good at and identifying the areas where you need to improve, you can refine your job search to specific types of company’s. If you find yourself applying for every job you see, chances are you haven’t taken the time to establish where you want your career to go. Learning about yourself is critical for job satisfaction for both you and your employer.
2. Optimize Your Resume
Your resume is too important to be ignored. Far too often people apply to hundreds or even thousands of jobs using the exact same resume. By taking the time to create a focused resume you significantly increase your chances of finding a job.
The first step in optimizing your resume is to do some research on important skills, keywords and education in the industry you want to pursue. Customizing your resume by industry gives you the chance to use the same language as your potential employers which makes you a more appealing candidate.
Another good idea is to research examples of successful resumes in your industry. Look at the skills that other people are highlighting and see if you can emulate the same on your resume. If you’re lucky and have friends or family in the industry, you can ask to take a look at their resume, or you can use the Internet to find examples.
3. Consult With An Employment Lawyer Before Signing Any Contracts
As you work your way through your job hunt, you’re likely to have some offers come in that just aren’t for you. It’s important not to put yourself in a situation where you cannot fulfill your employer’s demands. Consulting an employment lawyer is an excellent way to protect your interests as an employee.
Sometimes companies use complex language in the contract to hide the fact that the position is commission only. Other times there may be convoluted language regarding your benefits, work hours or other important areas. Getting an employment lawyer to review your contract is an excellent way to make sure you make the right decision.
4. Prepare For Interview Questions Ahead Of Time
Simply putting time into preparing for your interview increases your chances of success. It’s important to look at each interview as an opportunity that requires a serious approach. Endeavor to spend as much time as you can preparing responses to common questions, practicing your replies out loud and doing mock-interviews.
Nerves are responsible for a lot of interviews ending poorly. If you’re prepared, it’s much easier to overcome your nerves in the middle of the interview. Get familiar with the industry before your interview and come with some questions of your own to show that you’ve done your homework and that you take the position seriously.