New year, new you. By now you have your list of resolutions and are ready to jump head first into 2016. It's a great time to set goals for the new year. We've put together a list of 16 tips to find a job in 2016 with advice straight from employers. From searching to applying to interviewing, apply these to your job search to have one less resolution.
1) Avoid the biggest job search mistake
The most common mistake job seekers make is mizspelilng words. See how it can be pretty distracting. The last thing you want is an employer to remember you by is a typo on your resume or application. Proofreading is a major key.
2) Follow up on all applications
85 percent of employers think an applicant that follows up is impressive. Whether it's done through email, over the phone or in person, this is the tip we recommend most to all job seekers. It's such a simple step that can have a huge pay off. Did someone say on-the-spot interview?
3) Keep a job search notebook
Getting organized will help make looking for a job feel less like a headache. Get a notebook to track what job you applied to, when the application was sent, when you followed up, when the interview is, etc. Keeping track will allow you to see your progress and be up to speed when you get that call from the employer.
4) Create a job search email address
Think about it. Would you hire 'firstname.lastname@example.org'? You only get one shot at making a great first impression so don't let something small like your email stand in the way. Plus with a separate job search email address, you won’t miss any important updates about your job applications.
5) Set a goal
Stay motivated during your job search by setting goals. Challenge yourself to submit five applications a day for a week straight with 1-Click Apply. Or give yourself a deadline to find a job and make looking for work your full-time job.
6) Show off your personality
Employers want to see what makes you stand out from everyone else. When applying online, you don't get too many opportunities to show who you really are. Take Visuality to figure out your strengths and the work environment that fits you best. Then, let your personality shine by recording a video on your Snagajob profile and truly being yourself in the interview.
7) Go over 2015
How'd your job hunting go last year? Did you keep getting the same feedback? Does your resume need an update for the new year? Reflect on 2015 to see what helped or hurt your job search before starting back up.
8) Look the part
Dress professionally for job interviews (as well as follow ups). Gather some interview outfit inspiration and find a few inexpensive basics for your professional wardrobe. Also, keep in mind any tattoos or piercings that might distract the employer.
9) Gain solid references
Employers want to know you’re going to be a hard worker and a great employee. Nothing makes you look better than references like old coworkers or teachers that can vouch for you and your work ethic. Just make sure you're asking the right people.
Besides the warm and fuzzy feeling it brings, volunteering is a great way to make up for employment gaps or lack of work experience. It’s also a great time to network and learn new skills that you can bring to your future job.
11) Practice, practice, practice
You know the saying, practice makes perfect. Nail down the basics before heading into your interviews. To make it easier, we’ve created videos on how you should (and shouldn’t) answer the most common job interview questions.
12) Conduct mock interviews
Number 11 is important, but you want to see how your interview skills will be in front of an actual person. Grab a friend or family member to help put your practice to the test. Mock interviewing is great way to catch any mistakes and make those last minute adjustments.
13) Be available
Flexibility is a huge bonus. Most employers have specific shifts to fill so the greater your availability, the greater your chances of getting hired. Free up your nights and weekends to have an edge over the competition.
14) Never stop applying
The last thing you ever want to do is put a pause on your job search. Even if you've applied to your dream job, cross your fingers and keep sending off those applications. Nobody really likes waiting to hear back anyway so moving forward with your job search will help keep you busy.
15) Work on your nonverbal skills
Body language can speak louder than you, if you let it. Slouching and crossing your arms can outshine what you thought was a great interview because you appeared bored and uninterested. Pay attention to what you do just as much as what you say.
16) Use your network
They say it's not what you know, but who you know. Your network is probably bigger than you think so use it to your advantage. Between school and social media, chances are at least one person knows about an open position. Ask your peers, friends and family if they know of any places that are hiring.
Use these tips to help you find a job in the new year. If you’re ever having some trouble or have a question, reach out to one of our job search coaches on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. We’re always here to help!
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