Tightening your approach when trying to find a job

11.20.2013


Tightening your approach when trying to find a job
Tightening your approach when trying to find a job

No matter what one's experience has been, with the right approach, finding a job can be easier than expected. Changing only a few aspects of your approach will likely pay great dividends - to know what to do, however, depends on individual choices.

Appeal to companies' needs
According to FastCompany, one important piece of advice that can help any job seeker comes from rewriting a resume. Instead of sending out a generic resume with just your previous work history, it's advised to do research into each company you're considering applying for. By discovering the problems that company may be facing in their daily business and rewriting your resume to appeal to each specific need, not only will the extra effort shine through your work, but demonstrating the specific values that you can help a company achieve will pay off heavily in the long run. A direct approach can only help your chances.

Determining which industry you're interested in, and reflecting upon your potential career options, can also play a major role in improving your approach, according to Forbes. Depending on how long it's been since you've held a certain job, you may find that you're no longer interested in that specific industry, or that you may want a change of pace. If you decide to try a new position out, a staffing company can play a big role in your career transformation, as they can get your foot in the door when it comes to a variety of different industries. Not only can you try new things and see how you like them, but you can also make connections with industry professionals in the process.

Research groups and people
Once you've discovered your preferred field, there are multiple benefits that can be had by doing research on websites like LinkedIn. FastCompany says that it's important for networking, however, to not just be limited to connecting with people you've worked with in the past - finding LinkedIn groups and becoming an expert in a certain field can help your online profile and presence in a much stronger way. Even when in the real world, focusing on who you know and what you've done isn't enough, according to the news source. Instead, asking people and having dialogues with them about the industry in question and opportunities they've come across, as well as authorities who can help you out, will have much more drastic benefits.

At the same time, however, it's just as important to identify people who can help you at companies themselves. Searching on LinkedIn and company websites will frequently give you a detailed listing of a variety of different higher-ups in various companies and industries. By getting in contact with them, you may find yourself an all-important in for a position. But it's just as important to approach them as resources, not job listings. Informing them about skills and experiences you've had and things you've learned in the process may give them new ideas, further boosting your profile in their eyes.

Remain confident and questioning
No matter what happens or who you meet in your job search, it's important to ensure you remain strong and confident. Even if you've been out of the game for a while, focusing on remaining professional will help you boost your image without a doubt. Building a pitch for your future career and practicing it is just one possible way to meet these new goals.

Once you've made it to the interview process, questioning your interviewer can have strong benefits as well. For instance, if there's something about the company's approach that leaves you wondering something, such as a business practice that may be able to be improved, being upfront and honest about it can help you out. Being authentic and confident in yourself will appeal to many hiring managers.

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