The job search is tough, no matter if you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned veteran. The job search may also be a challenge because it’s ever-evolving, especially in this technologically savvy world. So, is it possible that you’re searching for a job in the wrong way? That is, could your job search be dated? Definitely.
Here are a few reasons why you may not be landing the job or even getting a call back:
Your resume still lists an objective. Resumes can be tricky since there are so many different kinds. However, one thing remains universal: objectives are outdated. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Objectives are kind of like restating the job description, which the employer probably knows already. Instead of taking up space on your resume, why not explain your intentions in your cover letter? That way, you can elaborate using something other than a generic statement and really let your personality and experience shine
You’re not thinking of your online brand. Sure, your offline brand is very important. However, employers will probably Google you before they even pick up the phone. Are you thinking of your online brand? Go ahead and search your name. If you don’t show up on the first page of Google, you may want to consider putting more content out there, revamping your online profiles, and getting a Vizibility SearchMe link. Further, having a solid online brand avoids cases of mistaken identity and puts you in control of your presence, something that we should all be concerned about, particularly in the job search.
What’s LinkedIn? If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, it’s time to hop on the professional social networking bandwagon. LinkedIn has over 100 million members , meaning it’s the platform to be on if you’re on the job hunt. Further, many recruiters and hiring managers actually look for candidates on the site if they want to fill a position. So, if you aren’t up to speed yet, it may be a good idea to set up an account, fill out your profile completely, ask for recommendations, and most importantly, keep it up to date.
You only rely on cold-applying. Years ago, candidates could apply for a position without knowing anyone in the organization or interacting with them at all. They’d get an interview, meet the CEO, and most probably get the job. However, because of the sheer amounts of qualified candidates out there, cold-applying has become more difficult.
So, if you’re still use cold-applying as a job hunting strategy, you may want to go about it in a different way. Research the organization, follow up, make connections, etc. Further, think about networking with members within the organization through Twitter, going to industry events, meeting influencers, reaching out personally, etc. Your dedication to getting into the company, as well as your online presence and your experience, will probably strike a cord with an influencer, which is something we all need to strive for, right?
What are some other out of date job search strategies?