Trying to find a job is a long and detailed process, but millions find success every year. Taking advantage of lesser-known resources, and strategies quickly becoming popular among a new generation of workers, can help anyone stand a better chance throughout the process.
According to Business News Daily, some of the best strategies may be turning to lesser-known trade websites and publications. The information they host can be a great tip or tool to improve future applications, giving users a more direct idea of what the companies accepting their applications will expect. While many of the positions posted on job boards will be outdated, the listings can also be used to gain a better idea of how applicants can improve their resumes or interview approaches. It may even be possible to join trade unions or similar organizations, which can serve as an extra bullet point on a resume.
For many people, there may be a secondary network that can also be utilized in a positive way. No matter your academic history, your high school or university will likely have an alumni network. By joining this organization, you'll be able to get in touch with old friends, acquaintances and alumni with positions in your industry. Connecting with them will only expand your network further, and discussing industry-related news can help you build a better reputation. In the event they hear about an open position, you'll be the first person they contact.
US News and World Report adds that the world of career communication is changing. The advance of new technology hiring managers are using is increasing the number of applications that they receive, and therefore reducing the time they spend assessing each specific resume. As such, you need to make sure you appeal to their needs quickly and effectively. The news source notes that some recruiters spend as little as six seconds per resume. In that time, it's necessary to include information directly relevant to any problems that company is looking to fix. Leading with your best work history and most applicable skills will be a strong strategy to meet companies' varied needs.
At the same time, the traditional resume is changing thanks to the increased presence of Millennials in the job market. This isn't to say that Facebook and Twitter will become the new resume and cover letter, but simply that this new transition will expand the market's possibilities wildly in the near future. New technologies are becoming more prominent in the job search, from resume-screening software to video conferencing and interviews. Originality and innovation will be new ways to make a name for yourself in the field.
The use of LinkedIn in the job application world has been on the rise, but not as a strict resume. Instead, the format is becoming a complement to the resume. Including a link to your profile on a resume, especially a digital one, will only boost your chances. You'll be able to provide a more substantial version of your own work, with presentations, published articles or relevant awards that may not fit onto the traditional resume. This only serves to expand the creative approach of the application world.
For many industries, writing samples are also becoming more common. Their purposes can range from simple confirmation of writing skills to a more pressing question of how you're prepared to work effectively for the company itself. No matter what, this will back up that your skills come as advertised, and should be increasingly expected for many industries in the near future.