Uncommon approaches to improve your job searching

01.15.2014


Uncommon approaches to improve your job searching
Uncommon approaches to improve your job searching

When you're trying to find a job, it's smart to treat the search itself like a full-time position. However, there are some uncommon approaches to the search that can work decidedly better than others, and following them can help your attempts become more effective.

For instance, according to Fox Business, it's a good idea to regularly clear your head during the job search. Being constantly aware of the hundreds of resources at your fingertips thanks to the Internet can leave you in an "always-on" state, which can contribute to stress. By taking a break to recharge, one example of which would be taking a short walk, it's easier to reassess and approach your next steps with a different mindset, which may provide the breakthrough you need.

While it's a recommended trend for many job hunters to keep in constant contact with recruiters and potential employers, the news source instead advises that they take a more measured approach, only contacting them once a week or so. Keeping your name in employers' good graces isn't a bad idea, but some may consider rampant contact as overly invasive or annoying. You'll also give yourself more time to suss out new leads.

Keep yourself prepared
While many people looking for new jobs apply themselves wholly and solely to the searching process with little outside help, contacting a recruiting agency to keep your skills honed can pay off even better. Keeping active in the field itself can play a major role in your overall search, especially when you consider that employers will want to find a candidate who has been gaining experience in the field continually. Not only will this help your resume and experience, but you can further improve your hiring expectations through meeting more people who you could use as resources or as recommendations, further boosting your long-term networking abilities.

While resume errors can't be allowed in almost any situation, it's important that you don't get bogged down in edits, either. Resumes should be updated every week, not every day, except when fine-tuning one for applications. If you're worried about potential mistakes, have a friend or loved one take a look while you remain focused on other aspects of the trade.

While it's important to make yourself stand out from the crowd, the San Francisco Examiner recommends taking a tight approach to your actual information offered. Personal details that aren't relevant should go, instead replaced by directly informational facts. When trying to become the leader of the application pack, focus on your skills, not yourself.

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