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Ways to Instantly Improve Your Job Search Results

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

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Here are ways you can easily improve your job search results:

Scan Your Resume For 15 seconds: That’s exactly what an employer will do, so if you don’t get a clear message about what you can do for them, then it is good to update your resume. Since this is the most important document in your career, make the investment, and have a good resume professionally prepared.

Focus on the High-Return Job Efforts: Start by selecting 10 to 30 companies where you would love to work. Do a company search on LinkedIn and identify the decision-makers and their staff. Then, see who you know who might know someone who can make an introduction for you. Follow the company and people on LinkedIn and Facebook, join their groups and conversations, and comment on their blogs and become known. This is how you move from a passive wait for the right job to appear on the job boards to an active job seeker targeting the kinds of positions you really want.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile: If a recruiter was searching through LinkedIn to find people for the position you are seeking, would you show up? Try it and if you are not on the first or second page, go back to your profile and pepper it with the right keywords to get yourself a higher ranking. A simple trick is to look at the profiles of the people who rank well and follow some of the things they did.

Review Your Online Presence: A vast majority of employers will Google your name to see more about you. Make sure you look good on LinkedIn, review your activity on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and any other online account. Take down or change any comments that reflect poorly upon you. Use your own blog, online exchanges, and testimonials to showcase your professional knowledge.

Create Measurable Goals: Searching for a job is like any other project and you must stay disciplined, so set firm goals for yourself. For example, “I will make 10 networking calls and have two meetings per week.” Make sure you are focusing on high-impact efforts like networking versus only job board submissions. Keep a record of your efforts so if an employer calls, you can quickly determine when and how they were contacted.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone.  Should you have any questions about resumes, job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

 

You can view the full original article by Don Goodman / Work It Daily, athttps://www.workitdaily.com/5-ways-instantly-improve-job-search-results