Deliverables for a Successful Job Hunt
Just like many other things in life, the better you’re prepared for job hunting, the more likely you’ll succeed in finding a job. When it comes to job hunting, don’t jump into it blindsided. In many cases, you’ll only have one shot to make the right impression with employers. Head into it ready and prepared with the right tools.
Here are the basic tools you’ll need to help ensure the job hunt runs smoothly and effectively:
As much as job seekers may be looking online to apply for jobs through LinkedIn, the resume is still a critical tool to have. It’s true that job seekers may apply to jobs using their LinkedIn profile, but the resume is still requested by many employers. When you reach the interviewing stage, they’ll want to see your resume. The resume is also something more tangible you can offer to employers as a takeaway. So, before you start the job hunt thinking all you need is your LinkedIn profile, think again. For more tips on resume writing, read: “Resume Trends to Follow for the New Year” and “What Works on the Resume Doesn’t Necessarily Work on Your LinkedIn Profile.”
Every job seeker should have an online presence that represents them professionally. More and more employers are relying on social networking sites like LinkedIn to find talent, so if you’re not on it, you’re missing out on many opportunities. Aside from access to job postings, LinkedIn is also a valuable resource for networking – a key element to the job hunt process. Networking has a much greater effectiveness rate than other methods, like job boards. For more tips on optimizing your LinkedIn profile for job hunting and networking, read: “LinkedIn Changes Job Seekers Need to Know About” and “10 Steps for a Great LinkedIn Profile.”
What do you bring to the table? That’s the basis for your elevator pitch. While the term “elevator pitch” references an opportunity to make a sales pitch within the timeframe of an elevator ride, you may have such opportunities beyond that type of scenario. You may bump into someone: in the parking lot; while waiting for public transportation; or the CEO of the company you wish to work for ends up sitting next to you on a flight. The elevator pitch is used to engage in conversation, enough to draw others to want to continue conversing with you at another point in time. Even if you don’t think you’ll use the elevator pitch in such scenarios, preparing one helps to provide the substance you need for the resume’s executive summary and for your LinkedIn profile summary. Know why and how to answer the question, “Why should I hire you?” Whether it’s an impromptu moment or you are asked the question during the job interview, you should be ready and prepared to answer it effectively. For more tips on crafting the elevator pitch, read: “4 Steps to Crafting Your Elevator Pitch.”
Job Search Plan
Once you have all the key tools to effectively tell your story to prospective employers, it’s time for action! Build a job search plan that will outline several important factors, such as when time will be designated for job searching efforts, what you will do during that time, and what goals you want to achieve out of your job search efforts. Oftentimes, job seekers will spend endless hours on job searching, and then when they gain minimal results, they are left wondering why. The common reason can be two-fold. Either the job seeker lacks the right tools (or they have the tools, but they aren’t positioned well) or they are all over the place with no defined game plan towards achieving results. Approach job searching the right way – with a plan! For more information on developing a job search plan, read: “Best Job Search Advice: Building a Job Search Plan.”
Supportive Professional Network
We briefly mentioned networking above and its tendency to have a greater effectiveness rate than other methods to job searching. As a job seeker, continue to build your network of contacts and find ways in which it can be utilized to help you advance in the job hunt. Employers find more comfort in interviewing and hiring candidates who have been vetted (to some degree) by other professionals they already know. For more tips to building your professional network, read: “Networking Tips for Job Searching and Career Growth.”
We know, there’s a lot to do here before you can ramp up the job search. Seek the help of a professional resume writer and LinkedIn profile writer to ensure the necessary tools are professional and polished.