The job search is competitive no matter what industry you work in or what city you live. The national unemployment rate stands at 9.8% as of November 2010. Even though an increase in this holiday season's consumer spending points to an economic recovery, the job market is lagging. It is important for job seekers to be at the top of their job search game especially when companies have so many qualified job seekers to choose from. Job seekers in this job market have to be at their best to stand out in the job search, regardless of their experience level.
Here are some tips for drawing positive attention to yourself in a crowded job market:
- Complete your profile. Candidate profiles, like yours at SnagaJob.com, should be completed in their entirety. Be sure to include your work experience, education accomplishments, and any additional training and skills information as possible. Companies use candidate profiles to screen job seekers.
- Build Your Resume. Your resume is a marketing document that provides companies insights into your work history, skills and educational background. Crafting a resume is a way to help develop your job search strategy. Make sure your dates, work experience, and information is correct and accurate. Bring your resume to interviews, networking events and when completing applications.
- Plan & Organize Your Search. As a recruiter I'm most impressed by candidates who are well prepared and have researched before they apply. Visit corporate websites and create a list of the top companies and positions you are most qualified and interested in working for. Learn about their jobs, company cultures, and how you can benefit from working there. Proper planning allows you to stay focused in your search .
- Clean up Your Social Profiles. More companies are using your social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as a form of a background check. Even private profiles allow for picture views and external keyword searches. Remove incriminating pictures, inappropriate comments and conversations not only by you and your friends. According to a 2010 Jobvite survey, 44 percent of job seekers this year ages 25-44 learned about or obtained a job as a result of social media.
The job search is more than just completing applications and interviewing. It is a marketing campaign where you must sell the most important asset, yourself.