Job hunting can be nerve-racking and challenging. While perseverance and patience is key , there are few steps that you could do to better your chances. After all being the right place at the right time will do the trick.
Apply quickly We all know recruitment agencies receive plenty of resumes for a role hours after the job ad is up. The key is to apply as soon as you see the ad with your resume and cover letter. Creating email alerts with some key words in job hunting websites will help you receive the ads sooner rather than later.
Follow up After applying for the job, maintain a database of agency contacts with their names and contact numbers. Try reaching out to them the same day or the next day at the latest to check your status. More often this will help you advance in the virtual queue. Sometimes agencies use this opportunity to have a quick chat with you and perform their initial screening.
Social Media presence Having your resume up to date in professional networking websites is very important. Most recruitment agencies use these websites looking for candidates and would also post ads. A short professional summary and a professional photograph are key.
Resume and Cover letter While applying for a job you want to customise your resume to make it relevant to the job advertisement. Writing a generic resume and applying for jobs with little or no relevance will most likely not be effective.
Reaching Out The age old ‘word of mouth’ is as effective as it can be even today. Reaching out to your former bosses, friends and colleagues may help you understand if their bosses or organisation are looking for candidates like you. Reference is always been a better way for landing a job. It’s a win-win situation at the end of the day.
Stay positive and keep trying. Hard work and perseverance never goes waste and more often than not you will surprise yourself and land that dream job you have been looking for.