The reality is that landing a job you love is no walk in the park. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It requires a job search that takes a great deal of time, energy, and perseverance. To make your job search a bit easier, we’ve compiled this list of the top job search secrets.
1. Quality is More Important Than Quantity
Contrary to popular belief, the key to finding the job of your dreams is not applying for every open position you find. Instead, it involves creating custom resumes and cover letters that are ideal for a few positions that peak your interest and align with your experience and skills.
2. Network, Network, and Network
Believe it or not, many of the best open positions aren’t advertised. By attending networking events, reaching out to your personal and professional network, and taking advantage of LinkedIn, you may land a great job that has never been listed on a job board or company website.
3. Practice Interviewing
Interviewing can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you’re not prepared. Take the time to practice your interview skills so that you appear confident when you are in front of a potential employer. Research the company, think about how you’d respond to typical interview questions, and ask someone you trust to help you practice the interview process.
4. Send a Thank You Note
After an interview, it’s essential to send a thank you note and thank the potential employer for the opportunity. You can emphasize anything important you said during the interview and mention any points you forgot to state. While you can send a thank you note via email, a hand-written one sent through the mail can help you stand out.
5. Polish Your Online Presence
Chances are high that a hiring manager will search your name online before asking you to come in for an interview or sending you an offer letter. To ensure you present the very best version of yourself, go through your social media accounts, remove any inappropriate posts, and freshen up your professional profile on LinkedIn.
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